New Moon in Leo

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All new moons mark the beginning of a new lunar cycle, making this a great time to focus your attention on something towards which you would like to bring more light, energy, or movement.

This month’s new moon falls in the constellation of Leo, a sign that desires attention, praise, emotional expression, and openness.  This is a good time to initiate playful and creative endeavors, especially performances.

This is not a good time for paying mind to the nuances and details, rather spend this time opening up to intuition and knowledge of the inner self.  

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Above is pictured the great Nile Crocodile, which can grow to a maximum of 20 feet long and often lives in close proximity to people in rivers, freshwater marshes, and mangrove swamps. Their average life-span is 70-100 years and these ancient creatures have been around since the dinosaurs, migrating into the water at the start of the Jurassic period (200 million years ago).

“Crocodiles are gate keepers  to ancient knowledge and the power to survive.”

The American Crocodile is actually the largest of the world’s crocodiles, especially in Central and South America.  Their population is vulnerable due to illegal hunting and habitat depletion.  Often confused for its cousin, the American Alligator, this creature has a longer, thinner snout and is lighter colored with two long teeth on the lower jaw that are visible when its mouth is closed.

Call on crocodile for protection from manipulation, understanding deceit, revenge through patience, initiation, and even understanding weather

Something special about Crocodiles is that they nurture their eggs and even help their babies hatch by rolling their eggs around in their mouths.  It is not surprising, then, that crocodile medicine includes:

“maternal protection, primal energies, and connection to mother earth”


Yes Young Queens!

The Girl Scouts of America is an organization I can get behind.  They have already taken a progressive stand on transgender scouts… and thin mints!

Now, here in NYC, their “Troop 6000” is expanding to empower girls in 15 more homeless shelters across the city!  Read more about their program in the  New York Times.  Better yet, DONATE!  Be sure to designate “Girl Scouts in NYC Shelters”



A 5-day Proprioceptive Writing Immersion in Litchfield, CT, July 30 – August 4, 2017

Anne Bright and Ann Mullen lead two writing sessions daily with a third, optional session offered most evenings.

Go into your thoughts to find their root in experience and come to a better understanding of your feelings- an understanding that liberates you from the old, outdated tapes that keep playing in your head.  Read more about the retreat at


Jane Goodall’s unique ability to empathize and communicate with the primates she studied transformed the way scientists perceived of the natural world.  With her comforting presence and globe-spanning influence, Jane Goodall embodies the power and strength that comes from striving to live true to your own heart.

Full Moon in Aquarius

Although known as the water bearer, the astrological sign of Aquarius is actually an air sign, hence it’s associated with increased interest in knowledge and a need to communicate with like-minded individuals.  This is a good time for study and scientific pursuits, at the same time individuals will feel a pull for independence and freedom.  Any work that requires discipline or subordination is going to be really tough right now.


Known as Sacred Waterbird to people indigenous to Turtle Island (America), if the Blue Heron comes to you it brings a lesson of


“Heron medicine teaches us about the power of knowing ourselves so that we can discover our gifts and face our challenges.”

Turn your attention inwards, notice and accept your own feelings and opinions, practice following your intuition.

“The Sacred Waterbird tells us not to blame others or point a negative finger at the situations of life. This majestic bird says to claim responsibility for our own actions and to face the enemy within us all”

Liberation Prison Yoga at TEDx

Anneke Lucas is the founder of Liberation Prison Yoga, a program that brings yoga, mindfulness, wellness, and healing into prisons, specifically Rikers Island here in New York. She recently gave a Ted Talk, returning to Europe for the first time since she left the abusive and traumatic environment of her upbringing. I encourage you to take a listen. This woman exemplifies the idea of “journey towards health” and her teachings are generous and self-less.

Learn more about Liberation Prison Yoga

Wellness in the Workplace

As summer heats up I hope teachers are hip-deep in their bliss right now. For everyone else who has to work this summer, try this easy recipe to keep yourself cool:

Cucumber “Ceviche”


1 cucumber chopped into small chunks

a handful of cilantro chopped into little bits

1 avocado cut into small chunks

Sea salt, lemon, extra virgin olive oil


Combine cucumber, avocado, and cilantro in a large bowl. Add the juice of half a lemon, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a pinch of sea salt. Mix. Enjoy.

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