the cosmic collective

The Cosmic Collective 2015 Moon Energy Calendar

It was towards the end of 2013 when a little spark in the universe connected two kindred spirits. The signs around them and their own intuition guided them to align their passions and creative energy, manifesting something that could only be what it was meant to be with the combination of their individual powers. As first it was simply an open-ended desire to collaborate, but what would be the result would reveal itself over time.

The Cosmic Collective 2015 Moon Energy Calendar

They first met in person in April where lots of ideas were circling around them, and while their first project was not ready to be revealed just yet, the name ‘the cosmic collective’ was clear, as was the intention to create beautiful products that would help other soul sisters connect with the earth, the universe, and with themselves. They dreamed to reach those who are new to connecting with their spirituality, and others who are searching for tools to dive a little deeper.

The Cosmic Collective 2015 Moon Energy Calendar

A few months passed, and with more clarity the idea behind the project began to take shape. All was happening as it was meant to, and after one sister returned from her travels and the other fulfilled a dream to move to an amazing new location, they were ready to begin their first creative endeavour.

Early in the creative process, a third sister was guided into the collective, and with her wisdom and intuitive guidance, each artwork began to take shape. And now, it’s ready to share with our spirited sisters around the world.

The Cosmic Collective 2015 Moon Energy Calendar

The 2015 Moon Energy Calendar is a conscious collaborative project between myself, Sarah Wilder from The Fifth Element Life and KV from Aquarius Nation. By combining our collective strength in art, design, spirituality and astrology – this calendar was manifested through our individual desires to create art infused and inspired by moon energy, and help others gain a better understanding of the moons energy fields and it’s effect on us as spiritual beings.

If you are feeling drawn to this offering that is a true labour of love for us, it is now available for pre-sale via The Fifth Element Life’s online store. We have a special version for the Southern Hemisphere, and one for the Northern Hemisphere.

For me, it’s been an amazing experience to be part of such a special collaborative project. When I started this blog, I had no idea where it would lead me and to witness this calendar come together in such a beautifully intuitive and insightful way, I can’t wait to see where else my spirit may align with others.

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balancing energies

fullmoon

There’s a whole rainbow of astrological energies affecting us this month and particularly today, as the full moon and lunar eclipse is coupled with mercury retrograde. I love reading up on all the different insights into what is happening around us and within us during these phases. I loved Ezzie Spencer’s post on today’s astral movements:

“Eclipses are accelerators. Just like at any Full Moon, be prepared to take action to bring your intention into form, and release attachment to the outcomes of your intention. So at this Lunar Eclipse / Full Moon, be ready to move faster. This full moon is in Aries, which is a hot and initiatory energy. Be courageous and take action at this eclipse to bring your New Moon intention into form. What was your New Moon intention? Hark back to your Libran New Moon intention, set two weeks ago. The themes were to do with stepping into your radiance, allowing yourself to shine, and allowing the flow of beauty and prosperity into your life. Take steps at the Lunar Eclipse to bring more of this into your life.”

I also enjoyed the insight posted on Mystic Mamma about the Lunar Eclipse and Mercury Retrograde, and how you can navigate through this powerful phase as explained by Helen on The Little Sage. These two resources speak a lot about taking a patient and reflective approach to this month. Continuing to take steps towards your dreams and being your true self, but don’t feel the need to rush towards it right now, get things organised as the momentum builds, and release with force when things align again in November.

In my little creative hub, things are definitely building up and moving towards something bigger and I’ll be using the creative and fiery energy of the eclipse to make headway in the way of new projects and planning how I want to spend my time creatively. In line with the insights of springing forward in November, this happens to be a period when I’ll be launching some new exciting things which I am bursting to share with my little community here. I will also be celebrating the 1st birthday of Maps to Herself! More on that soon but I wanted to share a little about what is happening astrologically today and over the month as I’m sure you are feeling it to!

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lunar gaze

Jo Klima - Maps to Herself

I am loving the energy of this month so far. After a oddly passive month of June that felt like it disappeared into the ether, I was encouraged to keep my gaze forward. Mercury in retrograde can be a good time to retreat, reflect and reassess. I was just waiting for what I felt was a period of high energy, action and progress approaching.

Jo Klima - Maps to Herself

So far that has turned out to be true, with many internal and external signs indicating that it’s time to step into a new cycle. On the first of the month I moved into my new little studio which I love. It has such a beautiful energy which inspires me to create with refreshed confidence and bigger dreams. I feel that some amazing things will be created here, by my own hands and in collaboration with other beautiful souls who find themselves walking a similar path to me.

Jo Klima - Maps to Herself

It’s not only the new space which has shifted things for me this month. After a couple of months of being too much in my head and neglecting many things, I’m easing back into a more regular routine of journal writing and meditation, and feeling into my body again after signing up for aerial yoga classes. We know these things are wonderful for us and help us immensely, but somehow I always find myself in these periods of distraction without realising it, until I am once again guided to take notice and give them priority.

I’m excited to share with you what takes places over the next few months as they unfold.

The first artwork above is available as an art print in the shop! If you have your eye on a particular print be sure to get your hands on it quickly as it may be a while until it’s reprinted (if it gets reprinted), as I’ll be focusing on making new art!

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messages from the moon

Gemini Coyote - Jo Klima - Maps to Herself

For the most part my interactions with astrology were limited to reading my horoscope every now and then. The predictions shared for my sun sign were entertaining, occasionally resonant, and partially explained certain traits of my personality. But I never quite connected it with a deeper understanding of my myself and what was happening in my life.

Then one day, a couple of months ago, I noticed a tweet in which a person asked another ‘what is your north node?’. The answer mentioned a sign of the zodiac making it clear is was connected with astrology. Up until this point I’d never heard of north nodes, and was curious to find out what they were and quickly set about searching for more information.

What I discovered was the Nodes of the Moon are used to illuminate your life direction and soul purpose. Your South Node represents past lives and experiences, the karmic luggage that we carry in this life. It’s your comfort zone and the qualities that come naturally to you, and if you fall back on these qualities you may have difficulty in living a joyful and fulfilling life.

Your North Node provides insight into the destiny that is calling your name. It represents the learning curve you need to take to stretch out of your comfort zone. It shares life lessons to discover your hidden talents, your deepest desires and to grow spiritually. By aligning yourself with this life path you will be more fulfilled and purpose-driven.

Sri Yukteswar Quote - Jo Klima - Maps to Herself

My first step was to find out in which sign my North Node was positioned in at the time of my birth, which turned out to be Gemini, meaning my South Node is in Sagittarius. Once I began reading further into it suddenly things started to make more sense and I began to understand how astrology can be useful in uncovering things about yourself you may not have realised yet or are only just beginning to discover.

After reading a few articles online to learn more about the Gemini North Node I was introduced to Jan Spiller’s book Astrology for the Soul. It has provided the most insight into interpreting this aspect of my birth chart. Previous to buying the book and since then, I’ve heard many comments from others who felt the book was incredibly accurate in describing their personality, relationships, fears and hopes. It helped them understand why certain patterns of behaviour were blocking them from living the life they wanted. For me it felt like a clear account of where the past year has led me so far and confirmed areas of the path I need to travel from here onwards.

For now I will share just a quick summary of my own nodal positions which I hope to expand on later down the track. People with their South Node in Sagittarious spent their past lives on long journeys or in solitude. They have a tendency to make assumptions and be self-righteous. They resist new ideas and live too much in the future. They take themselves too seriously and act without thinking things through. So used to silence they may be shy about sharing their message.

What their soul needs, as represented by the North Node in Gemini, is new experiences and different perspectives. To connect with others and learn to listen, ask questions, and cultivate empathy and open-minded thinking. Communication is the key aspect of this sign, so they are encouraged to write, speak, teach. To communicate, not just through writing, but through the arts, healing practices and developing more loving relationships. Those with their North Node in Gemini are encouraged to embrace community, stay connected with the present, explore their writing potential and be more playful.

Jan’s book goes into quite a lot of specific detail, and I really was amazed at how much it resonated with me and it’s such a great reference for understanding where you are, where you truly want to be and what might be blocking you from getting there.

Gemini Coyote Progress - Jo Klima - Maps to Herself

One way to help you stay aligned with your true path is to place symbols around you that represent the sign of your North Node. I came across one text that mentioned the Coyote is meaningful for the Gemini to develop a sense of play, help strengthen communication and elevate their overall level of intelligence. I used this as my inspiration for this artwork. As the pieces shared so far are very geometrical and structured, I allowed myself to embrace more freedom in technique and style. It’s something I can look at to remind me to step out of my comfort zone and follow my soul path.

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