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Ra Ma Kaur is a teacher in Asheville NC who awakens, activates and alchemizes with the modalities of Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, Gong Resound Healing, Visionary Art, Plant and Stone Medicine.

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Ra Ma Kaur is a highly observant soul-soother, change-maker and alchemist who loves working with women. Ra Ma calls on her study of Kundalini Yoga, Daoist Stone Medicine and Astrological Divination to inform her community offerings:  weekly classes, workshops, private mentorship, women’s lunar gatherings, ceremonies and international retreats. In Ra Ma’s apothecary, you’ll find handcrafted stone and plant medicines infused with mantra and meditation. Ra Ma completed her 200 Hour Hatha Yoga Certification at Kripalu in 2006, a 60 Hour Prenatal Kundalini Teacher Training in 2008, and earned her 220 Hour Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Certification in 2015.  She has completed 2 of the 5 modules necessary for Level 2 Kundalini Yoga Certification.  She lives in Asheville, North Carolina with her husband and daughter and serves as the President of the Board of the French Broad Food Coop.

through the gates--earth dog mastery

Ra Ma

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Hello dear one~

We have arrived through the Solar and Lunar Gates of Imbolc, through the Aquarian Eclipse portal and into the Chinese New Year of the Earth Dog.  As we emerge on the other side what is clear is that we are differen.  The energies have shifted in a way that is palpable.  

In order to make space or this new way of being, there is a major letting go with this Eclipse and this will continue th entire lunar month ahead.  o many of us are shedding in ways never imagined.  

We may be letting go of parts of us we thought were necessary for our self image or relationships that we thought were essential for our survival.  For many of us there is deep grief and sadness coming up to the surface.  

Mercury and Juno are communicating to us deeply about our relationships.  They are asking us o drop into rich communion with Sel.  ow is the time discern who and whom we make space for in our lives.  

ach one of us is being asked to awaken to the places we stay stuck in old paradigms.  We are receiving an opportunity to wake up and shake up with the Uranian quickening.  Uranus rules the Age of Aquarius so this is a wonderful time to make good friends with this archetype.

This eclipse is a major initiation into a new way of doing and being in ny and all elationships, evolutionary partnership are a mus!  This Chinese New Year offers a year to work on ur home live, ur amilies all whil in active in the great outdoors.  It’s a great year to commit to daily walks, and I am personally recommitting to that intention!

This next year favors new business ventures, major lifestyle changes, rewards, loyalty, generosity and selflessness.  Integrity and honesty are the values that lead to success under the Dog yea, as arth Dogs are stable, prudent and kind.

Ultimately dogs teach unconditional love so we are in an energy to deeply open our hearts to compassion. The 2018 year of Mastery goes hand in hand with the Earth Dog energy. Every dog needs a diligent and impeccable master.  Meet my dear friend Shadow who left this Earth plane 12 years ago, the previous year of the dog.  He was truly my best friend in every way possible, a wellspring of unconditional love.

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Join me for a free class tomorrow in honor of the grand opening of my friend Heidi's store Earth Magick.  This store is located a couple of doors away from Dobra Tea and you will find it at 80 Lexington Ave.  We will be gathering from 11 am-noon with Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and Gong Sound Healing.

s we continue to walk through this lunation may you watch your language, creating intentionally with sacred words and sounds.  May this great shedding and seeding be a badge of honor ou may wear or the evolutionary growth of humanity.  is partial Solar Eclipse ay offer a urprising estiny that is far more grand than you ever expected!

I'll leave you with a personal meditation I've been holding in my heart since the wee hours of this past Wednesday. If each one of us lived with impeccable integrity, erhaps e would truly find ourselves in an evolutionary cosmic revolution.  Shall we rise to the occasion?

Aquarian New Moon Lunar Imbolc blessings.

🌘🌑🌒 lunar imbolc renewal 🌘🌑🌒

Ra Ma

In honor of Imbolc and preparation for the great eclipse activation we will receive on Thursday, I've been encouraging many to give things away, to clear out, to let go, to write down that which no longer serves and to burn or bury it.  I too have been clearing out fiercely.

Since the Capricorn New Moon I have been writing down what no longer serves me and have buried and burned these concepts.  A little over a week ago I cleaned out all of my desk drawers, our art space and many piles of paper.  Last night I found myself organizing my fridge and cabinets in my kitchen.  And this weekend I have plans to begin with my basement.

In that purging and cleansing I found myself sorting through computer files, deleting and organizing.  This photo is from an art installation from 2004, “Offering to the Fens” I created in my days at the Museum School of Fine Arts.  Living in Boston was one of the most challenging parts of my life, and this was an homage to rooting to my truth and authenticity, devoted and grounded to the Great Mother even in the bustling city of Boston.

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Imbolc is much like this.  There is a great stirring in the belly of the Mother.  This great stirring awakens the promise of all hope, potential and creativity.  Collectively we are at a Gate of Emergence, preparing for renewal.    

And so we continue our loving work of serving humanity and our Earth.  This Aquarius New Moon is aligning the collective destiny and dharma with the great Earth Mother asteroid goddess Ceres.  Ceres is all about caretaking, the abundance of the cultivated soil, the seasons, the harvest and nurturing.  She rules all major life cycles and is the Goddess of Womb and Tomb.

In our journey we must take greater care of self, of one another and our Mother Earth.  Perhaps you have been feeling deep emotions like grief, rage, anger and depression?  We are cleansing out so much.  Collectively it is obvious we still have great strides to accomplish in the realm of humanity.  

Many are still far from free.  Many live daily within old paradigms of oppression.  Ceres is asking us to face injustice.  What are we doing about it?  Where do we turn the other cheek?  Where is our responsibility in this?  As we let go of the old paradigms, it is time to be radical and invite in genius solutions.

Thursday’s Aquarius New Moon unites the South Node, Mercury, Juno, Moon and Sun all in Aquarius.  Genius solutions are possible!  Inspiration and insights of personal and collective renewal are available.  And this is Lunar Imbolc which invites the Celtic Triple Fire Goddess Brigid and her magic to come forth.

I invite you to close your eyes and imagine you stand before Brigid.  She has a well of the most pure water and scoops a seashell full of shockingly cold water over the crown of your head.  You are purified and cleaned immediately the life-giving bounty of blessings and love pour over you.

She then rings you in a circle of fire and lights a fire in your crown chakra.  You feel a tingling and stimulating of that point.  You feel your energy opening and expanding.  Your power to visualize clears and grows stronger.  You feel true inspiration and clarity.

May you take this vision into your New Moon, into your rebirth.  For now, continue with the ritual of Imbolc letting go, cleaning and clearing.  This is a phenomenal time to sweep, dust and air out on all levels--physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.  

Aquarian New Moon Lunar Imbolc blessings

solar imbolc invitation ☀🐉🌹

Ra Ma

Imbolc Blessings to each one of you! Tomorrow February 3 is Solar Imbolc and the perfect day to be in ritual. I would love to offer an Imbolc ritual that was just passed on to me. 

Arise early in the morning tomorrow on February 3rd when it is still dark. The time of Imbolc in the Solar Gate perspective is 3-6 am, with Winter Solstice being 12-3 am. 3-6 am is the strongest time to meditate of the day. The subconscious is ripe for maximum clearing and any time in this window of 3 hours is profound.

Sit at your altar or a sacred space and light a candle. Sit before the candle and gaze into the flame. Visualize your life blossoming with great energy and vitality. See the golden flame and the colors contained within. See the flame of light as a light within yourself, preparing for your great rebirth. See every cell of your being ready to receive divine inspiration.

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We are in the midst of Eclipse season and if you are needing extra support, I invite you to revisit my journal from last Eclipse season on how you may best thrive in any Eclipse season.

This week's past Superbloodmoon Eclipse was most potent as it was conjunct the Goddess Asteroid Ceres.  Ceres is the Great Earth Mother and where she shows up is how we nourish and how we need to be nourished.  Ceres is the Goddess of Womb and Tomb.

This Imbolc is most certainly epically special as the veil opened with that Leo Superbloodmoon Lunar Eclipse.  Prior to that we had the epic Capricorn New Moon with a serious stellium and the new Venus Star cycle with a tight conjunction to Pluto.  Our upoming Aquarius Solar Eclipse is conjunct Juno, Queen of Heavens and a Triple Moon Goddess like Bride.  

We are witnessing a palpabale stirring in the Divine Feminine.  To be clear the Divine Feminine welcomes ALL at her table:  all beings, genders, races, religions, creeds and backgrounds.  

Continue to divine, candle gaze and meditate during this season.  May you plant your ideas and give them space to germinate with meditation, poetry, song and art.  A ritual of early Spring cleaning is a beautiful way to air out and let go of stagnate energy.  Give away and donate that which you no longer need in your home that will brighten another's life.     

On this Venus Day the Sun is conjunct the Karmic South Node--the dragon's tail inviting us to let go of all that we have been holding on to.  This may include people who have been influential leaving your life.  Give great thanks and may these transitions be received with ease and grace.  

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Ra Ma

Today Mars enters fiery mutable Sagittarius for the next couple of months.  With this energy and our seasonal progression into Imbolc, we have much inspiration available to us to take action.  This is a time of year that we are working with our abilities to manifest while remembering our intuitive wisdom and all we have gained from the Otherworld from Samhain through Yule.  

Imbolc is the Festival of Earth Awakening.  Many candles are lit in honor of the returning of the light as the Sun’s shine increases each day.  One may reflect on how a candle may share it’s flame and at the same time still brightly shine.  Lighting candles is a sign of our intentional focus, our divine spark, our unique gifts, our creativity and our intuition.  

Imbolc is also aligned with the Jewish festival Tu Bishvat.  This festival is honored as the New Year of Trees.  The rebirth of the trees is celebrated with a seder of nuts, fruits and wines as edible symbols for the Four Worlds of Creation, an invocation for all of life’s abundance.  On Tu B'Shvat, the tree's sap has gone up into the tree and begins to cause the tree to bud, a sign that the tree will bear fruit.

This is a sacred time for healing and reclaiming what has been forgotten.  

What does your ancestral lineage long for you to remember?  

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These times are important for staying grounded, as we have a potential to be fast and furious with Mars in Sagittarius.  And the Eclipses are here, which elevates us  into a higher octave of letting go and sowing new beginnings.  Eclipse season officially began with the Capricorn New Moon on January 16 and will continue through the Pisces New Moon on March 17th.  

This upcoming Wednesday we welcome Imbolc, Tu B’Shvat and the Supermoon Blue Moon Lunar Eclipse in Leo which will illuminate our growth opportunities while aligning us with the heart of the truth.  Join me next Wednesday for my weekly class at West Asheville Yoga in honor of the Supermoon and these potent energies. 

On February 15th we may expect the New Moon in Aquarius Solar Eclipse to activate each one of us in a major way, as it is a cosmic mirror to last August’s Total Solar Eclipse in Leo.  

As we approach the Supermoon of next week, this is a wonderful time to witness all that is being revealed.  

How have you shifted since this past summer?  
What needs to be dissolved?  
What is ready to be birthed through enlightenment?

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The signs that the Earth are stirring are found within Nature.  This is a time to prepare inwardly for the transformation ahead.  Divination, candle gazing, scrying and clairvoyance are potent during this season.  May you plant your ideas and give them space to germinate with meditation, poetry, song and art.  

Call upon your guides, spirit protectors and healthy ancestors for support.  They can only assist if you ask!  As Caroline Casey says, “We vote for reality with our imaginations”.  

Superbluemoon blessings and bounty.

for the love of humanity 🌈

Ra Ma

On this Venus day we welcome the Sun's entry into Aquarius!  The water bearer who lives for humanity reminds us that our highest destiny must be in service to the greater good.  This is a beautiful time to reflect on how your actions impact others in your community.  This is a supreme time to pay it forward, to give generously from the heart and share your divine spark.  We are truly all in this together.

Yesterday Pallas Athene entered the sign of Taurus where she will nest for the next four years.  I mentioned last week that this year is deeply nurtured with the elements of Water and Earth.  We are feeding the rich soil of potential.  This is a time of fertility and building the lives we each came to live on Earth. 

Pallas Athene is the Goddess of Wisdom and Justice.  She is a solar goddess, a daughter of patriarchy as she was born of Zeus's head, and yet she is Sovereign.  Where she shows up in our chart as an asteroid goddess, is where we are analytical, strategic, mentally creative and wise.  Pallas Athene is a peacemaker and an upholder of justice.  

She is offering each one of us a new chapter of practical visions, strategies and actions.  She is ready to create, fertilize and build with us as we sit with the power and force of the Capricorn Lunation.  This lunation is rich and potent for building, so do take physical steps with your visions.

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The Capricorn New Moon on Tuesday was deeply potent.  Today is the 4th day of the Moon and it is an auspicious time to meditate and to continue to weave intentions.  In fact, each day as we build to the Leo Full Moon Lunar Eclipse we should physically work our intentions.

It has been deeply enriching to meet so many people virtually for the Saturn Sessions.  I will continue to make these available as it's clear that there is a Call to work with Saturn.  This is a 1/2 hour sessions set you up to devote to Self Mastery with Saturn in Capricorn over the next three years.  However this extends beyond 3 or 30, even beyond 350 years.  This entry is offering us an opening to truly heal our karmic past lives and our ancestral lineage.  Saturn teaches us exactly where to focus.

May you continue to meditate in the rich soil of your potential.  May you continue to shine like the diamond mind of pure consciousness.  May you continue to claim your crown of leadership and devotion to humanity and to our Earth Mother. 

Aquarian blessings.

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The rich soil of potential, a Capricorn New Moon 🌑⚡💎

Ra Ma

Last year the main elements we danced with were Fire and Water.  This year is all about Water and Earth.  We are feeding the rich soil of potential.  This is a time of fertility and building the lives we each came to live on Earth.  A year of the High Priestess, self mastery and diamond mind consciousness.  

So much has been held in the realms of the fiery arrows of Saturn in Sagittarius.  Now with Saturn in Capricorn we are truly building the vision in a powerful way.  The goat encourages us to pace ourselves, slow and steady growth as we architect life.  The goat also likes to remind us to self select.  We can only carry a few things up to the mountain peak.  So what are you bringing with dear one?

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The Capricorn New Moon Tuesday January 16 at 3:17 pm EST truly initiates the New Year energy and Saturn in Capricorn energy.  Hopefully you have gotten clear and are living your Truth, practicing what you preach.

In addition to this powerful astrology on Tuesday January 11 we welcomed a new 8 year Venus cycle of prosperity and relationships.  In May Uranus will enter Taurus which will initiate another new 8 year cycle of great change and growth.  We also welcome 5 eclipses this year.  The Solar Eclipse in Aquarius is at the same degree of August's epic Leo eclipse.  More on that to come. . .

What is most clear is that although fear can be used to manipulate and dissuade us from the path of highest destiny, the old paradigms of decay and despair are truly dying out.  As we move closer to 2020 so much is shedding.  Many, many doors are closing.

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And as any wisdomkeeper knows is that there is no true death.  Like the primordial Creator life, death, life again and again.  There is only rebirth.  SA TA NA MA.  Infinity, life, death and rebirth.

There is truly nothing to fear.  Dynasties collapse, cities come and go.  Humanity is.  In fact Saturn in Capricorn is letting us see clearly where fear keeps us in bondage.  Are you ready to shift those old stories?  They are ready to be dissolved.

To support you in these exact times I have a few offerings.  The Saturn Sessions will be available for a few more weeks.  This is a 1/2 hour session focusing on Saturn and where this energy is in your natal chart and where it is transiting you in Capricorn.  We meet virtually and record the session so that you may continue to refer back to it.

On Monday night, we will gather in my temple living room on the Dark Moon in honor of the Capricorn New Moon in West Asheville.  It's a great time to come together in community, to shed, to be seen, to be heard and to prepare for this epic High Priestess year.  

And if you're truly ready to go for the gold and dive in with a group of committed women, I invite you to join the Adi Shakti Coven.  We are gathering an international collective (I am truly blown away by the response and prayer of each person). 

We will meet on each New Moon and in person on Full Moons and Solar Gates to honor the elements, the seasons and the lunar rhythms.  We will work with Kundalini Technology, tree medicine, stone medicine, plant medicine, sound healing, sacred council, astrology, dharma art and ceremony.  This first spiral that runs from January-June 2018 will also have a theme of protection medicine.  Our work is about going deep and commitment in prayer of our highest destiny.  The gates close Monday night at 11:11 pm.  

May you meditate in the rich soil of your potential.  May you shine like the diamond mind of consciousness.  May you claim your crown of leadership and devotion to humanity and to our Earth Mother.

Capricorn New Moon blessings. 

👑 The High Priestess 👑

Ra Ma

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Welcome to the year of the High Priestess!  2018 is sure to be significant in our ability to realize self mastery and excellence.  I have been divining the daily omens for the months of 2018 and it is clear there is major bird medicine this year as well.  

The winged ones come from the direction of the East, the wellspring of Air and inspiration.  Augury is a practice of divining of birds.  Many traditions around the world view birds as messengers of the gods, teachers, guides, guardians, counselors, healers, clowns, peacemakers and meteorologists.  

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There are so many astrological themes at play for 2018 and I'll share highlights of those with you in next week's ezine.  In the meantime, if you're considering the the Saturn Sessions I'm booking up for the next two weeks.  Email me to set up yours!

I've just returned from a short journey to Florida to visit my paternal lineage.  Given that Saturn is about to enter my house of roots, home, family and the past I was not surprised to kick off 2018 in a land that holds many of my subconscious memories. 

I came back with a deep peace and love for my past, including some of my greatest suffering and trauma.  I am so grateful for all of my experiences in life, including the really challenging times.  Getting to this place has been a true process of sitting with ancestral grief and I feel complete and whole in new ways. 

I also had the gift to meet with two of my elder friends, each whom I have know for over two decades, and both whom divinely attuned and priestesses in their own right.  This too was a balm for my heart.  I believe this gift to decode my past offers an opportunity in the ways I work with this beautiful community! 

My commitment to personal self mastery in 2018 is about going deeper within my field of studies, particularly astrology.  I am about to begin a Master's of Arts program in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology.  My heart is so ready for this deep dive into the history of divination, the stars and the sacred sites of our Earth.  I am feeling how these threads of consciousness will weave into future pilgrimages, retreats and gatherings.  

The gates to the Adi Shakti Coven are closing on Monday 1/15 at 11 pm.  We have a truly magical web of women being from Asheville, Georgia, South Carolina, New York, Nova Scotia and Switzerland!  The Call is alive and I bow to each of you for what we are about to embark upon.  We have space for a few more and I would love to welcome you with open arms.

Finally, I leave you with my latest interview with Natalie Ross of Dream Freedom Beauty.  Visit this link to hear her and I riff all about self care as a welcome to her Self Care Club.  As a gift for your self care I offer you 20% off any apothecary item with code HIGHPRIESTESS2018.

Infinite blessings,

Ra Ma

Saturn times: Self Mastery and Celebration 💎

Ra Ma

We have arrived at the closure of another year.  The lunar cycle that we are exploring is creating a beautiful chalice to reflect upon what we have learned over the past few years.  Since Saturn was in his final degree when this Sagittarius new lunation arrived, we are being given the space to mediate upon what we have learned. 

The ultimate teaching in this is to practice what you preach, to live your life authentically, to master your Fire.  And as Saturn transitioned from Fire to Earth, now is the time to DO your Saturn more than ever.  I'm offering the Saturn Sessions as a way to activate your diamond mind.  In these 30 minute sessions we will go deep into how to strategically work with the Saturn energy for the next few years and how this energy applies specifically to you.  You will walk away with clear tools to apply to do you daily rhythms.  

 

2018 is the year of Self Mastery.  2018 offers a numerological opportunity to live with the Diamond Mind.  This is all about walking your talk, harmonizing relationships and mastering your own field.  Imagine what the Earth would look like if we all decided to embody mastership.


This year I unveiled a number of offerings near and dear to my heart.  The Adi Shakti Coven is something I've been brewing over the past 18 years.  This mystery gathering space is a safe container for a any wise woman, witch, priestess, goddess lover, hag, maiden or mother that longs for depth and connection. We are intentionally connecting to Nature's rhythms as our foundation for all that we will explore together.

This first spiral of the Adi Shakti Coven will have a deep focus around lunar cycles, seasonal understanding and layers of consciously working with protection medicine. I am really excited to be bringing in some experts on street medical training and self defense ninja moves so that we walk through life empowered to handle any situation.

And now is the time to join with a NEW YEAR special in effect! We welcome Capricorn in Saturn with a willingness to build beauty and transformation in the world. Join now for a paid in full investment of $697 or monthly dues of $150. If you are feeling the Call read more here or send me an email for q&a. 

A Winter Solstice of Hope ⭐

Ra Ma

The ancients honored the Wheel of the Year.  From sacred sites like Stonehenge and Newgrange we find stones literally aligned with the rebirth of our great luminary, the Sun.  Last night, those of us in the Northern Hemisphere welcomed the longest night of the year.  For the next two days we meditate in a pregnant pause.  And from here a great renewal has begun.

Winter Solstice is a time that the Sun enters Capricorn and is the New Moon of the Wheel of the Solar Year.  We sit in the direction of the North and with the element of Earth. 

This is a time to connect to your stone tribe and I particularly love Labradorite for this time of year.  We worked with labradorite magic this past New Moon and will continue to at Renew Your Chalice next weekend.  What I love most about this stone is that as it increases intuition it carries the frequency of hope and possibility.  If you are wishing to invoke some ritual this time of year, scroll to the bottom of my ezine where you may join Entering Winter's Womb which will be available into the New Year.

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With the Sagittarius New Moon, many a planet traversing the Galactic Center, Saturn ingressing into Capricorn, Winter Solstice and the Sun entering Capricorn we have experienced phenomenal astrological currents this week!  Mercury officially goes direct at 8:51 pm EST this evening, however won't be out of his shadow until 1/10/18. 

Traditionally the ancient Romans celebrated this time of year as Saturnalia.  One of my astrology mentors Demetra Georgia wrote about how this festival was about loosening the bonds of Saturn, giving people permission to cast off their burdens and to shed their blocks.  This festival reminds me of the Jewish holiday Purim as slaves became masters and masters became slaves during Saturnalia. 

Our Winter Solstice has a potent signature as Saturn entered his home sign of Capricorn late Tuesday night, less than two days before the Sun entered Capricorn.  This a rare phenonmenon and sets the tone for the entire Saturn in Capricorn transit. 

In honor of your self mastery and excellence I've created a special offering for you to sink into 2018 with, The Saturn Sessions.  These $44 30 minute sessions will be a magneficent way to jumpstart Saturn in Capricorn as you greet the New Year.  We will cover where Saturn is in your birthchart and how to utlize the power of this wisely.  This is truly the time to DO YOUR SATURN!  They are available beginning next week and you may email me to sign up.  Each session will take place on zoom and recorded for you to refer back to again and again.    

In addition to the Saturn Sessions, I'd love to cordially invite all of my readers who identify as woman to the Adi Shakti Coven.  I'm really looking forward to opening up a sacred space committed to great depth with those who have a resounding YES to the Call beginning January 16th.  

This first spiral of the Adi Shakti Coven will have a deep focus around lunar cycles, seasonal understanding and layers of consciously working with protection medicine.  I am really excited to be bringing in some experts on street medical training and self defense ninja moves so that we walk through life empowered to handle any situation.  If you are feeling the Call read more herefill out an application or email me rama@ramakaur.com for q&a.    

A blessed Solstice and merry gathering days to you and yours.  May this rebirth invoke the healing rays of hope and possibility!
 

⭐ Aim for Truth ⭐

Ra Ma

In studying the Sagittarius New Moon it is clear this lunation will be deep, reflective and potent with lots of starry wisdom.  The New Moon is conjunct the Galactic Center among Venus, the Sun and Saturn.  The Galactic Center is like the Cosmic Womb of the Great Mother.  A perfect place for reflection and rebirth as Saturn completes almost three years in Sagittarius.    

I'll be discussing the cosmic weather and how we may use these forces at the Women's Wisdom Circle on Monday 5:30-8:30 pm.  Join us!  This Sunday in my Women's Kundalini class we will do our Dark Moon medicine of letting go and clearing space.  

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❄ snowy simplicity ❄

Ra Ma

The snow
began here
this morning and all day
continued, its white
rhetoric everywhere
calling us back to why, how,
whence such beauty and what
the meaning; such
an oracular fever! flowing
past windows, an energy it seemed
would never ebb, never settle
less than lovely! and only now,
deep into night,
it has finally ended.
The silence
is immense,
and the heavens still hold
a million candles, nowhere
the familiar things:
stars, the moon,
the darkness we expect
and nightly turn from. Trees
glitter like castles
of ribbons, the broad fields
smolder with light, a passing
creekbed lies
heaped with shining hills;
and though the questions
that have assailed us all day
remain — not a single
answer has been found —
walking out now
into the silence and the light
under the trees,
and through the fields,
feels like one.

~Mary Oliver~
excerpted from American Primitive

We welcomed our first snow of the season with play, reading, art making, warm broths, teas and baths.  While slowing down as the snow speaks, we are enjoying one another.  We are grateful for our home and warmth on this Venusian day of the Lover.  Our hearts and prayers go out to all in California whose lives are in disarray.  May all of us find shelter in those whom we love and cherish.

As a gift for your readership and your commitment to self discovery I am offering $111 off of the weekend investment for my Winter Solstice retreat.  For another week, from this Venus day to the next on 12/15 the retreat will be on special just for you.  Use the code RENEWREFILL.  

At the Bend of Ivy we will slow down, honor Yule also known as Winter Solstice, practice Kundalini yoga and meditation, eat nourishing prepared foods and drink warm teas all in sacred sisterhood.  We will have lots of time for deep council and rich ceremony.  And we will dive into the archetype of Inanna and her myth and story.  This will be our time to renew and rebirth. 
 
Snowy blessings,
Ra Ma