News and Specials from Esther Frances
Spring and The Dawn: The Art of Rebirth as a Daily Practice w Esther Frances
February 20, 2016
March 14th, 7:30 pm. In this world of beauty, challenge and transition, we need to be as present, aware and loving as possible, so that we can be of greater service. Esther will offer a guided meditation, that we can use each day, to remember our joy, renew and experience dawn as the spring of each day. Then we will celebrate the Spring Equinox with a bit of Cosmic Cabaret of original poems and songs that invite us to awaken, love, heal and celebrate ourselves and our relationship with Mother Earth and the community of Life.
Upcoming workshops, classes and counseling opportunities
January 2, 2015
Esther’s Upcoming Events & Offerings
Sunday, February 1st, 1-5pm: Awakening the Heart: Imbolc / Candlemas Workshop / Celebration: Within the greenhouse of community we will fertilize the energetic seedlings birthed at Winter Solstice, take in the astrological significance of Uranus and Aquarius; celebrate the lengthening days; experience a Bridget / Vesta process to deepen our commitment and enjoy through songs, spoken word and ritual our connection to Mother Earth, Father Sky and each other! $55-$30 sliding scale
Sunday, March 21st, 1-5pm: Mother Earth Calls Vernal Equinox Workshop & Celebration We will celebrate rebirth and renewal with ritual, Nature (weather permitting) journeying, songs, poems and more of what Mama Nature has in store for us that she hasn’t yet revealed! $55-$30 sliding scale
Astrology, Archetypes & Awareness: Tuesdays, beginning January 20th,1-2:30pm: This class will reveal the multi-dimensional mapping of the astrological matrix. You will learn the basics of the elements, planets, signs, houses and aspects while getting new appreciation of the unique combination of energies that constitute you as an embodied expression of the Universe. We will meet in a joyful, private home in Aptos for 6 sessions, same day, time and place. $150 for series; $30 indiv. class space.
Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography: Thursday January 22nd, 12-2pm. Consider “The Book of _____: How I Awakened and am Evolving?” Written by you! This class will be open to only five participants. After watching Paramahansa Yogananda’s story in the film “Awake,” I woke up one morning inspired to write about my own spiritual awakening. I realized I didn’t want to do this in isolation and got the idea journey with others who also shared this desire. There is no requirement; only the desire to explore and share your spiritual experience in the modality of words. I will provide something to stir our inspiration each time we meet and provide an itinerary that we can follow or not as divinely directed. We will write and then share what we have written. We will meet at my cottage in Pleasure Point for six meetings. $175 for the series, same day, time and place. Soul Sanctuary Spiritual Counseling: Special for Solstice Participant’s Only: My prices are going up with the new year: 2015 individual session will be $165. 3 session package: $395. I always provide a couple of sliding scale opportunities so be sure to check with me if the cost is an obstacle for you.
December Special & Winter Solstice Workshop/Celebration
December 4, 2014
Gift Certificates are available! Holiday Special: 1 hour Soul Sanctuary Session for Astrology, Trance Work, or Guided Meditation for $100, with savings of $50 from the full $150 price.
You are invited to “Redeeming the Dark; Birthing the Light, a Winter Solstice Workshop/Celebration on Sunday, December 21, 2014 from 2pm until 5pm, guided by Esther Frances, Omnifaith minister.
Winter Solstice is one of the most powerful times of the year as the belly of the dark gives birth to the ascent of the light. We will align ourselves to the astrological energies wanting to emerge, individually and collectively.
We will journey inward, face our fears, dive deep, affirm our courage, sing songs, experience sound transmission and discover what is seeking to be born and be part of a ritual to empower, heal and bless ourselves and our planet.
The gathering takes place in a beautiful home, about three miles from the center of Soquel, off of old San Jose Road. This event is open to women and men. There is a $25-$45 sliding scale. We have limited spaces available. A $15 deposit is requested to hold your place. To register or for more information, email Esther at firstname.lastname@example.org, call her at 831-234-9795, or message her on Facebook.
“Deep in the dark night a new day is born; Gather your courage, hold on, hold on!”*
*Gather Your Courage, © Esther Frances 2002
Sage Lavine Spiritual Wealth Summit, June 6-8 2014
June 8, 2014
Archetype: Demeter/Ceres---Practical Nurturer / The Server: Moon & Pallas Athena in Virgo, conjunct the Midheaven:
You contribute by bringing your creativy, wisdom and skills, motivated by service and
rooted in the ability to discriminate “the wheat from the chaff” to your vocation.
Key message: You are perfect as you are, right here, right now, nothing left out! You don’t have to “be perfect” in order to be successful, beneficial and valuable in your work in the world.
Awareness is the key, discrimination the guide. The middle ground lies between the extremes of getting bogged down in the particulars and glossing over what is really important. We are receiving and learning how to give practical nurturance.
Archetype: Divine Mother/ Emotional Nurturer / The Giver: Jupiter and Mercury in Cancer in the 8th house:
As women Goddesspreneurs we honor and communicate our feelings. We are sensitive to the needs of our clients, and realize we can authentically fulfill our needs most effectively by supporting the transformations and journeys of each other. We succeed by pooling our wisdom and in knowing that each person’s progress is also our own. We create an environment of care and transformation.
Archetypes: Goddess Kali/ Innanna/Persephine /:Death and Rebirth: Scorpio Rising at 29 degrees +, Change, Power & Transformation:
The 29th degree is very special. I think of it as the “elder” of the sign, symbolizing the opportunity to express the greatest integrity of the sign.
The planet associated with Scorpio is Pluto, the archetype of death and rebirth. It is now retrograde in the 2nd house, symbolizing our personal relationship to money, what we have, and what we value.
We are here to release our old attitudes and die to the beliefs that have held us back from realizing our full potential and financial well-being.
We are here to transform and take back our power from the patriachical Pluto in Capricorn and the Saturn in Scorpio Father archetype in the 12th house, to integrate our own “shadows” and to generate a new way of “doing business” based on Being and what is truely valuable to us in an ecological and sustainable manner.
4. Archetype: Minnie, the mermaid, fish-tailed, Aphrodite /Alchemist-Universalist / Mystic/ Compassion: Neptune in Pisces, Part of Fortune, I.C. and Chiron in Pisces, with Chiron in Pisces in opposition to Moon in Virgo
The key here is rooting in the ground of compassion and Great Spirit/Source/The Universe. Compassion is the compass, and the trick is to be open and receptive to receiving direction from the cosmic sea, the universal waters and Grandmother Ocean where you can go to recharge and replenish. We are healed and are healing by realizing our relationship to the universal ocean of imagination, compassion, inspiration and spiritual guidance as the foundation for navigating the waters of our lives.
5. Archetypes: Bast, an aspect of the Egyptian lioness goddess Hathor and the Greek Goddess Pallas Athena / S-hero / Maverick / Artist / Humanitarian: The invitation is to engage in new, collaborative ways of being : Uranus and South Node in Aries in the 5th House; Mars in Libra plus N.Node, Ceres, and Vesta in the 11th house of friendship and aspirations: We live in a society that equates doing with having. Actually it is the balance between being and doing that gives the deep rhythm of breath that brings the greatest rewards. The idea that you have to “earn” your keep is very different than the idea that when you give authentically, in alignment with your original inspirations, you will receive the fruits from the seeds and deeds that you plant and cultivate.
Working together for the mutual benefit of all, improvising and hatching new ideas co-creatively, in cooperation with each other, yields peace, prosperity and groundedness in manifesting your work into the world, as signified by Venus in Taurus in the 6th house of work, health and integration.
6. Archetypes: Demeter in co-creation with the Tightrope Walker! Nurturer / Peacemaker / Pactifist (peaceful activist). North Node, Vesta and Mars in Libra in the 10th House.
There is a need for alone time, for assimilation and digestion of experience, and a need to be in the activity of co-creating, with partners and peers, to create a greater excellence and quality of offerings. Shadow: overwork and perfectionism. The key here is a dynamic balancing of personal needs and the need to serve others.
7.Archetype: Iris the Greek rainbow Goddess, Teacher / Jestor: The One in the Many and the many in The One, symbolizing a Gemini, 7th house Sun, with a Sagittarius Earth in the 1st house. By honoring the many colors and flavors of Being, present in us and around us, we weave a beautiful tapestry of relationships and together realize the creative breakthroughs, (Sun sextile Uranus) we’ve been longing for. As expressed in my poem “A Vision of Peace,”
Our task is to collaborate
Bring all our talents to the fore
So we can build a playground
Like we’ve never seen before!
© Esther Frances, June 4, 2014
© Esther Frances
June 5, 2012
Dear ELA Goddesspreneurs,
I om offering a limited amount of free Soul Sancturary Samplers, 30 minute sessions, to see if we’d be a fit to further your dreams, deepen your self awareness and expand your sense of possibility. Soul Sanctuary includes transformative astrological work, journeying, muse evocation, and the nurturing of your creative capacities.
In the sample session, we can take a look at one of the ways this weekends energies show up in your chart, and how you can make greatest use of it for your greatest benefit.
Honoring, celebrating, and loving the Goddessence* in you all,
a term I learned from Claire Dennis
You might also want to take a look at my Gemini Estrology Newsletter and please let me know if you’d like to be on my email list and receive this monthly.
Age Is a State of Mind: The Power of Knowing You Are The Timeless Dressed up in the Costume of Time
April 29, 2014
Age Is a State of Mind:
The Power of Knowing You Are The Timeless Dressed up in the Costume of Time
Age is a state of mind, I declare my union with the infinite sublime! I sing this declaration every year at my birthday, and throughout the year at the birthday parties for my friends. Why?
My body temple and your body temple, are always changing. Our bodies are sculpted like the coastal trees and striated cliffs. It is tempting to fall into the seduction of thinking we are these amazing bio-physical bodies that identify us with a name and a form. How many of you look in the mirror and think “How can this older person in the mirror be me?” “What happened to me?” Can anyone here relate? ---if so, I invite you to turn to another and say, “How can this be me?” ---
Or how many times do you see a reflection of --- what you see and know others perceive as an old body --- yet you realize that who you are is more alive, aware and awake than you have ever been before in your entire life? ---if you can relate, I invite you to turn to someone else and say, “You are alive, aware and awake!”
Or, do any of you sense that the you of you is --- the very same presence that was there when you were a child, a teenager, a young adult ---the essential you who is the you that you are now? Let’s see a show of hands for those who can relate.
And are there some of you here that realize the real, true, authentic, “who I Am,” dwells only temporarily within this body. Physicist Nassim Haramein declares that we are 99.9999% Space! Each body is made up of one hundred trillion cells, an estimated seventy-five% water, contains billions of bacteria, and is a composite of all the five elements! Too hot or too cold and these bodies perish. Given this composite doesn’t it appear more realistic to see that this body I call “me” is actually “the costume of time that my timeless essence is dressed up in?”
Please turn to a neighbor and look at each other through eyes that are marveling at this conglomerate community we call a self. As you look I invite you to release the image of the personality in front of you and instead look as if you are taking in a miracle. Witness a Being in a body composed of all these intelligences. What changes do you notice when you look at each other through these eyes of wonder?
Isn’t it good news is that you are much, much more that the image you see before you in the mirror?
I’m curious to know if any of you have had an initiation into this time of Life we call the Crone? In astrology the age fifty is the typical time for the Chiron return. I consider this the first landmark of early “elderhood.”
In astrology the Chiron Return, usually around the fiftieth year, initiates the beginning of the Crone years. There is ofter a revisiting of priorities and an intense desire to give back and contribute to the greater whole. The Saturn Return, around age 58, is an even more compelling time of becoming an elder, a time when again the need to rearrange priorities becomes clear. The outgrown must be discarded so the focus may be on what is now really important to us. At sixty, our fifth Jupiter return can accompany a need to start accomplishing the “bucket list” drawn up at the Saturn return. Sixty-three brings us three-quarters around the track of the Uranian cycle, giving us extra incentive to shift gears into greater freedom and awakening. This includes the freedom that derives from discarding out-moded ideas, beliefs and conditionings.
Lacking an external ceremony, I had a very powerful dream initiation that I recognized was ushering me into this new Life phase. In the dream, I flew to someplace that I didn’t recognize, landed like a bird, then walked into an earthen-like cottage where I was met by an old woman. I don’t remember any more of the details at this time. When I awoke I recognized the dream as an initiation into the beginning of my life as a crone.
I like to navigate Life with the knowing that I am beyond an either/or, a this or a that, and that I’m actually both/and and much, much more. It feels freeing to leave behind the conflictive and restrictive container that wants to position us into being either for or against; either a this or a that. Nature doesn’t abide by any such nonsense as that which is contrived by the human mind that has forgotten its own Nature.
We act as if humans were a separate species, separate from all the other kindoms, giving us the ability to do whatever we like to the rest of the planet, as if it wouldn’t effect us or come back to us like a boomerang. My late teacher, Thomas Berry said, “We are talking only to ourselves. We are not talking to the rivers, we are not listening to the wind and stars. We have broken the great conversation. By breaking that conversation we have shattered the universe. All the disasters that are happening now are a consequence of the spiritual ‘autism.”
What if as crones, we have the power, the opportunity and the responsibility to reclaim the power of the elder to seed the coming generations with a renewed love and respect for our planet? What if we are the ones called to speak out for the Earth, for social justice, and to complete the Soul journey we came here for?
What if we, as crones, can inhabitat the ‘tween” habitat where apparent contradictions can reside together in harmony? What if we can definitively know that we are infinite beings engaged in a three dimensional space/time movie where the character we are playing --- that we are so intimately identified with --- is now occupying an older body, yet we can simultaneously experience that we are ultimately the great, timeless, presence living within it?
If these two dimensional realities were allowed to dance together within us, what MAgic might unfold?
Is the invitation to us, as crones, to be to be the bridge between timeless wisdom, and the acquired “street smarts” acquired from surviving to become this old? Is it possible that we can be a bridge to the adult children and grandchildren, who are often so caught up in the distractions of modern day life they find it difficult to stop, listen and respond to the larger challenges of our time?
What if, as crones, we have an essential role to play in healing our frayed communities and our imperiled environs? What if we were to step into our power, embrace and declare ourselves as integral, vital and essential members of the human family that are stepping up to our responsibilities as elders to educate by our presence and experiences? We can refuse to go into complicity with the notion that old age is a time of decline, to be dreaded and avoided.
One of my joys is crack open words and discover their inner codings. One of my primary tools for this endeavor is to listen to how the word sounds phonetically. Hmmmm.....CROW-n! Aha! Is it just coincidence that Jamie Sams, in her “Medicine Cards” book based on Native American animal medicine, says “With Crow medicine, you speak in a powerful voice when addressing issues that for you seem out of harmony, out of balance, out of whack or unjust.” She goes on to say, “The prime path of true Crow people says to be mindful of your opinions and actions. Be willing to walk your talk, speak your truth, know your life’s mission, and balance past present and future in the now. Shape shift that old reality and become your future self. Allow the bending of physical laws to aid in creating the shape shifted world of peace.” To me, that sounds like an apt prescription or invitation for us as crones.
We can take a stand and caw out as a flock of crows, lifting your winged arms, and letting your voice caw it like it is!
I think we have a new calling, a new potency, a new opportunity, to hold the “possibility consciousness” for a new way of being, that my mentor Thomas Berry called “The Ecozoic Era,” a time when humans are in harmony within themselves, with each other, and with the whole Earth community. Let’s empower each other to be the change we are waiting for. We can be evolutionary catalysts and create a new Earth where all ages, all genders, all species and all habitats are respected.
Questions we can ask ourselves are:
How are you are acting as an empowered conscious crone? Share at least one example.
Is there a step or action that you haven’t taken that you’d life to.”
We can say to each other: “I see you. I see your wisdom. I see your love. I see your power. I see your kindness. I see your beauty. I see you, I bless you, I love you.”
There are no prescribed answers. It is up to us to tap into our creative intelligence and together discover and craft wisdom for our times for we are all, in co-creation - young ones and elders - forging new visions and structures that will support our transition into a way of Life where we can experience peace, love, and joy in harmony with Nature.
Our biggest challenge is to become “F.I.T.” False Identity Transformers, leaving behind the human caterpillar consciousness of separation and flourishing as HUEman butterflies, realizing that we are one, united, inter-dependent web of Life. The days will be gone when winning means someone else has to lose, when success comes at the expense and sacrifice of others.
Dream Change Coalition founder John Perkins asked the indigenous peoples of Ecuador what we in North America could do to stop the ruin of the rainforests. They told him to go back home and help your people change the dream. Our current dream of separation and manifest destiny is destroying the planet and us with it. Let us awaken, and as the wise, old crones that we are, change the nightmare to a sustainable, loving compassionate dream.
© Esther Frances, April 5, 2014
Vernal Equinox Celebration & Workshop, March 22, 10-4, Santa Cruz area
March 12, 2014
Vernal Equinox Celebration & Workshop offered by Five Elements Mystery School with Esther Frances
March 22,10-4. We will meet at a magical, sacred space about 6 minutes from Soquel.
The sliding scale is $45-75.
Each element has a particular consciousness, intelligence and gift that shows you how to live with greater integration, awareness and creativity to transform ourselves and the planet.
The day includes:
A ceremony to celebrate the beginning of Spring. From an astrological perspective the Vernal Equinox is considered one of the most powerful days of the year!
Alignment, Attunement and Integration with the 5 Elements: Space, Fire, Air, Water and Earth
Cleansing with the elements as taught by John Perkins of The Dream Change Coatlition.
The Human Camera: an exercise designed by Dr. Jean Houston to increase awareness.
An introduction to “The Universe Story” as a creation story for our times.
Joanna Macey’s Council for all Beings, an amazing experience that reveals to you your kinship with all Life and your innate shamanic propensities.
Inspirational poems to awaken your deeper knowing.
Singing as a powerful agent for change and transformation.
Together we will create and generate:
A safe space to feel and allow all feelings to feel they are welcome.
Greater appreciation, love, and compassion for yourself and other Beings.
Alignment for increase clarity, capability and consciousness.
Re-connection, communication and community
Time to just be----Relaxation and restoration in a beautiful redwood grove.
Please bring your lunch and beverage and one item for a sharing snack.
Every participant will receive a free astrological printout of their natal chart worth $8.
Early registration: If you register by Monday, March 10th, you will receive a gift mp3 recording of “The Dream of the Earth,” a vintage interview featuring Thomas Berry, in conversation with Esther on her 1994 radio show “A-muse-in-Express.” His insights are as relevant and wise now as they were then!
Esther Frances is an omnifaith minister and creator of Earth Is My Cathedral ministry. She is certified by Dr. Jean Houston to teach “Cultivating Human Capacities,” a format to expand human consciousness, creativity and capability and to teach Dream Change Coalition's Shapeshifting Into the Ecstatic You and Your Mission.
She can be reached at www.EstherFrances.com or by emailing her at email@example.com.