Friday, November 04, 2005

Satisfied song writer - Phoenix rises again

I used to sing with a group of women called the Voices of Gaia.

We were a varied group both musically and individually, but united in our love for the earth and inspired by our journey of discovery of our feminine nature. The group went through a variety of metamorphoses but while I was a member there were usually eight of us. We met twice a week to rehearse for a number of years and inevitably we were much more to one another than just a group of women that sang together.

The Voices of Gaia were my first women's group. It was with these women that I began to appreciate the immense nourishment and support that women can provide for one another. We laughed, cried, bitched, partied, worked, shared, hated and loved one another. Our career culminated in an epic journey half way across the globe to perform at the Woman and Earth conference in St. Petersburg in the middle of winter. Eight women, three children under five and one husband/father/onemanband. It was quite an adventure! More on that adventure.... But afterwards there didn't seem to be anywhere left for us to go and the energy of the group as a singing collective gradually dissipated.

Whilst I was with the group I wrote a number of the songs that we performed. One in particular is called Phoenix and in true Phoenix style this song has recently risen again!

Phoenix is about the jewels that can be found by facing up to challenge. It is quite a challenging song to sing. Our recording of it was pretty good (you can hear the song here) but it lacked the grunt that I felt the song deserved.

So I was delighted when vocalist Andrew Cox (whose band contains the same, now ex-husband/father etc. that backed us on our Russian tour) asked me recently whether they could perform it. Andrew Cox is an excellent vocalist with a great range and heaps of grunt.

'If anyone can sing Phoenix,' I thought to myself 'Andy can'.

And he sure can. I have just listened to the recording that the band have posted on their website and my whole body is grinning. I feel as though my child has come of age and found it's true calling. A song has found it's singer. It is a very delicious and satisfying feeling.

Thank heaven's I didn't have to hold on to doing it myself!

You can listen to the latest incarnation of Phoenix (now called 'Burn Me') at the Andrew Cox band's website. Turn up the volume and see what you think!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

New moon in Scorpio

The Moon is New at 9° Scorpio
Tuesday Nov. 1st at 5:24 PM PDT; 1:26 AM GMT (Nov. 2) .. and at 10.26 on the second here in NSW Australia.

For a few months I have been subscribing to a newsletter from a site called that pops useful information about the moon into my inbox just before the new moon and the full moon.

This is what the author Claudia says about this new moon

"Somethin's gonna change and what you don't know will hurt you. You're headed for a journey into the world of your shadow and what's stuck down there is about to be seriously shaken loose.

First of all, as if the Scorpio Moon's energy isn't intense enough all by itself...every planet except one...Jupiter...changes direction between now and Christmas. This further intensifies this already intense energy and shakes up the status quo.

Next... The planets are moving into a stressful pressurized pattern called a Grand Fixed Cross and you'll be feeling the influence over the next 2 months.
The message is that something's gotta give. It's a cosmic plot to get you to let go of all that's no longer useful and that includes inflexible ideas, constant needs for others' approval, outdated values and priorities, and negative ingrained emotions. You can look forward to the demise of some very old and perhaps very destructive habits. The realization to be reaped is that power is not outside of you, but within you.

Now for some re-e-e-ally BIG news. Jupiter...the largest planet in our solar system... has moved out of Libra and into Scorpio until November 23rd. Jupiter shines a giant searchlight down into your emotional basement. What's been hidden in those lead-lined footlockers deep in your emotional psyche preventing you from dreaming BIG and feeling fully?

The really GOOD news is that Jupiter brings angel power you can call on to help you transform negative emotions and expand your spiritual connection. This month's lunar journal gives you a real head start on navigating this energy successfully and utilizing it to your best advantage."

I thoroughly recommend Claudia's lunar journal as a great way to stay tuned in to the energy of the moon and to record your journey through the lunar month. Check it out or view a 7-page sample at You can subscribe to her newsletter as well.

I have also just received Shekinah's beautiful moon diaries and moon cycle charts for 2006. They are filled with seasonal and lunar information and are now available in both Southern and Northern Hemisphere editions. Check out the moon magic range at in the moon diary pages. Wonderful Christmas, Solstice and New Year gifts!