In Chinese Medicine, Essence is called Jing Qi, held in the Kidneys. This essence is described as an ocean, a sea of Spirit within each of us. It is the truth of what we are. We are not the body. We HAVE a body. We know we are eternal souls, on a journey of evolution, a journey of learning. The Kidneys are a part of the Water Element, they represent self-awareness, responsibility, empowerment of the self through a willingness to reflect. The Kidneys house the Void within each of us, the limitless opportunities of the mystical and the miraculous. Honoring this part of ourselves is a powerful part of our spiritual cultivation.

I love this Rumi quote “ Outer passes, Essence abides. Why kneel before some jug of clay? Let it be, start seeking water. Take the pearl, and leave the shell behind.” Our bodies are the “ jug of clay”. What we are is formless, divine. We are star seeds, we are a manifestation of All That Is. Let us not limit ourselves by our human senses, or by the mind.

We are Essence, we abide. Nothing can touch what we are. May your spiritual path remind you of this Cosmic truth. Start seeking water. Take the pearl and leave the shell behind. Blessings, Judith

*** Photo and quote from The Illuminated Rumi 2018 calendar, by Michael Green. ( I bought mine on Amazon. It’s beautiful. )

Monthly Forecast For January

Well, January certainly starts out with a bang, with not one, but two Super Moons. The first and largest Super Moon of the year will be January 1st, at 9:24 PM Eastern time. This one is a doozy. It will oppose the Capricorn Sun at 11 degrees of Cancer, while making a number of other aspects, which I will get to in a minute. The Moon in Cancer is about home and security, and what nurtures us. The Sun in Capricorn is about wisdom, patience, and discipline. This Full Moon asks us about how we nurture ourselves, as opposed to what drives us, what our priorities are in terms of self-care. It opposes Saturn and Venus first, both in Capricorn, before opposing the Sun. Saturn represents both fear and our work ethic. Here, we are being invited to look at how we may overextend ourselves to feel secure. With Venus, the planet of love, beauty, charm, fun, what are we willing to sacrifice or give up to feel safe? Are we ever allowed to just have fun? To feel joy? The Moon will then trine Neptune in the evening, an aspect of mysticism and spirituality. This is an excellent time for ceremony and intention work. How high can you fly?

1/2 is powerful, where the Moon continues to connect, trining both Mars and Jupiter in Scorpio. Here comes the energy, momentum, and optimism. This is a “ go for it” aspect. Another phenomenal day is 1/6, where the Moon  in Virgo makes a series of trines and sextiles to five planets. Wow. Mars conjuncts to Jupiter at the same time, serious optimism, faith, and movement forward. One word of caution, don’t speed. Slow down.

1/9 is excellent, with the Sun at 19 degrees of Capricorn conjunct to Venus. Do something loving for yourself or someone else. The Sun and Venus both conjunct Pluto, the alchemist. Pluto rules the Void, the place of limitless possibilities. What type of love can you imagine manifesting? What old, limiting beliefs about love do you need to release? This is an excellent day to work with Rose Quartz, Obsidian, or Rhodonite, if you connect to stones. They will amplify this energy. 1/11 is also wonderful, with the Moon in Scorpio making five positive aspects.

The New Moon on 1/16 is a powerhouse, and may shake things up politically, with the Moon in Capricorn conjunct to Pluto, then moving on to conjunct the Sun. More powerful truths revealed, and lies exposed. Good.

1/31 brings us the second Full Moon of the month, called a Blue Moon. It is also an eclipse, and the second Super Moon of the month. It will also be a “ Blood Moon”, due to the red color. There is a lot of folklore and superstition regarding Blood Moons. The evangelicals tie it into the “ End Times” ( I know, aren’t they always doing that? What happened in 2015, I must have missed the last End Times. You mean I bought all those canned goods for nothing?)  So, aside from the fear police, this total Lunar eclipse is a Blue Moon and a Blood Moon. Wow. Rare. It should be spectacular. The Sun will be in Aquarius, opposing the Moon in Leo. Find a good spot to see it, it should be amazing.

This should be an eventful month. I wish all of you the best, with all of your hopes and dreams fulfilled. Blessings to all, Judith


What? A Woman’s Response To Mansplaining Misogyny

On top of all of the sexual abuse revelations coming out now, we also have high profile men “ mansplaining”  to women the importance of nuance in talking about our experiences of harassment, discrimination, and sexual assault. Right. Matt Damon recently shared his thoughts on this, explaining that there are different levels of abuse, some more serious than others, and that they should not be “ conflated”, and was immediately taken to task by a fellow actor. The absolute hubris of a man explaining our experience of misogyny to women stunned me. Different levels of abuse? No man has any idea what it’s like to incarnate into a female body, and begin experiencing abuse almost immediately, in some cases. Every woman I know, EVERY WOMAN, has experienced some level of misogyny directed at her in her lifetime. All sexual abuse, harassment, and discrimination has its roots in misogyny. All of it is horrible. All of it is coming from a cultural sickness that is centuries old.

What’s next for these guys, do they use their platform of white privilege to explain the importance of nuance when we discuss racism? That discrimination, voter suppression, dehumanizing, demeaning, name calling, isn’t as bad as lynching or police brutality? What the fuck is wrong with these people? How narcissistic do you have to be, to feel entitled to hold forth on topics that you have no idea about, and have never directly experienced? There is no “ nuance”. It’s all sick.

So, I say again, what? Seriously. To any man out there attempting to minimize the impact of a lifetime of misogyny upon all of us, a word of advice. Stop. As in, don’t even. We have had it. We’re done with this shit, and we will hand you your ass if you keep this up. Here’s the only thing we want to hear from anyone with external plumbing. “We feel your pain, and we will stand with you. We’re sorry that some men are predators. We believe you, and will do everything we can to help you change this world.” That’s it.

Here is one final thought for the assholes who still believe they have the right to talk about abuse to women: In case you were wondering. Blessings, Reverend Judith Star-Medicine