Moon, Light and Shadow




The Stars Are Aligned

Alignment of Saturn, the Moon and Mars. August 3rd 2014.

The alignment of Saturn, the Moon and Mars. August 3rd 2014.

I am marveling at the Universe at the moment, on account of two things: watching Finnigan’s documentary about Stephen Hawking and having this view from my porch tonight. 🙂


Tonight’s Full Moon in Libra

The full moon in Libra peaked this morning at 2:30 a.m. PST. Considered one of the most potent full moons of the year, the unique planetary arrangement happening this week creates a powerful play we can take part in here on earth.

How to harness this enormous energy in your life? Here are five energetic concepts in full swing during the full moon in Libra. Tune into them closely and choose to interact with them positively.

Release what is no longer serving you. What are you holding onto that is over and done? What is still weighing you down that you have no use for? Relationships, objects, grudges, clutter?

Take responsibility. The full moon is historically a time of harvest. A time to reap what you sow. Take responsibility for what has happened in your life and what is happening. Good or bad, own your part. This empowers you to move forward courageously and clearly.

Review and rejuvinate your relationships. Your relationship to yourself and your relationships with others. The full moon is a time of illumination. The clarity that comes from introspection can reveal uncomfortable truths. Let them be a catalyst for change.

Conflict is more possible during this full moon. Bring awareness to anger and choose harmony over harming with every word you say and every action you take.

Change is the only constant with this moon. Things are highly charged and in a high state of flux. Soften to the waves of change. Draw on your flexibility. Break yourself open and set yourself free.


Each Star On His Own Time

Some stars emerge in flash of brilliance
but will only burn half as long.
Some stars gather and gleam,
marking their own path as they go,
and will leave a lasting imprint on the pages of time.
Dedicated to Book.

Begin Under A Blue Moon

Blue Moon August 31st 2012
Photo shot from the balcony of my new apartment.
September has always been a month of new beginnings for me. New schools, new jobs, new careers. My Studio opened last year in September. Most of times that I moved to a new house or apartment have been in September. Now, this year, my Studio and I have a new beginning in a new apartment. It truly feels like a fresh start for me after a year of personal and professional lessons.
In the last year I wrestled with difficult personal relationships and finally decided to stand my ground and stand up for myself. I started therapy almost a year ago and this will always be a choice that I am so grateful for. I have learned to care about and love myself and in doing so I am steering my life where it is meant to go. I have learned to be kinder to and more patient with myself and allow life to unfold as it should. I’m learning not to force things to happen and to trust and have faith that I am where I am meant to be.
The first full moon I’ve photographed in my new home is a Blue Moon. The messages that the Blue Moon brings speaks directly to me:

Open your heart and allow whatever energy shifts need to occur in your life, your body, and your very consciousness, to simply happen. Witness them as if you are watching a scene unfold in a movie and release any personal attachments to drama or fear. You are safe. You are guided. Everything is happening as it’s meant to right now. Place your Trust in the Divine flow, as we can see the bigger picture. The next step of your journey involves planning, discipline and the application of wisdom. Wisdom that you already posses. Don’t doubt yourself.
It is my wish and hope that I will allow these transformations to take place. It is my hope that I will embrace new challenges with an open heart and with faith that I am on the path that’s meant for me. 

Moon On The Rise

“Think of what starlight 
and lamplight would lack. 
Diamonds and fireflies 
if they couldn’t lean against Black.”

Moonrise August 6th 2012

"Purple, hot pink and regular pink"

Dante and Teya

The sun’s a boy, and the moon’s a girl.
Exactly, Tey. El sol, la luna.
La luna.
Yeah, that’s right.
I like when they’re both out.
They make all these pretty colours, 
and it’s kind of like purple, hot pink and regular pink, 
and they sort of, 
like, play tag with each other, 
while they still can.
This is my favourite scene in the movie New York, I Love You, which is a collective work of eleven short films or segments. This segment was brilliantly written and directed by Natalie Portman, who is also one of my favourites. What I liked the most about it was the way the lines were written for Tey, the six year old in the story. She described the world around her the way children too, with an open and imaginative view, enjoying and appreciating the colourful world we live in, without being affected by societal politics of colour.

“It is when we think we can act like God, that all respect is lost, and I think this is the downfall of peace. We lie if we say we do not see color and culture and difference. We fool ourselves and cheat ourselves when we say that all of us are the same. We should not want to be the same as others and we should not want others to be the same as us. Rather, we ought to glory and shine in all of our differences, flaunting them fabulously for all to see! It is never a conformity that we need! We need not to conform! What we need is to burst out into all these beautiful colors!”  C. JoyBell C.

I tried to find a movie clip of this scene but no such luck. If any of you happen across one let me know. 🙂

Stargazing At The Tracking Station

Last night my sister and I went to CARINA’s Star Party 2012. For the past nine years the Caribbean Institute of Astronomy has hosted a Star Party at one of the best star gazing locations in the Caribbean right here in Trinidad: the Chaguaramas Tracking Station. The Tracking Station, built back in 1959 and used by the United States as a Ballistic Missile Early Warning System, is located at the summit of Morne Catherine, the highest peak in Chaguaramas at 1,768 feet. At the summit is a large flat field, perfect for many tents, picnic blankets and star gazing. 

My sister and I met our cousins en route and arrived just in time to drive through the Bamboo Cathedral before sunset. The Bamboo Cathedral is always amazing to see. Over 150 years old, towering columns of bamboo arc over the narrow roadway leading up to Morne Catherine forming a natural archway that is almost cathedral like in its appearance.

Photo by Adam Alkins

We parked at the summit, grabbed our picnic baskets, tents and blankets, and paid for our tickets and star maps. The field was already pretty filled up with tents all along the perimeter, a big screen to the northeast and six large telescopes to the west. We chose our preferred spot and settled down just in time for the start of the open air Star Theatre. There were three presentations that night about our Universe and the formation and death of stars. I don’t think I will ever tire of learning about astronomy.

CARINA really goes all out in making the event family oriented and fun and it certainly was with all the kids having a grand time finding and learning the names of the stars, planets and constellations. After the presentations we were all invited to look through the telescopes that were positioned to capture Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Mars, the Orion Nebula, and of course our Moon.

Jupiter with four of her moons

Venus looked no bigger than this: O
Saturn is always a treat and tonight was as large as a pencil eraser.

And of course, the red planet Mars, easily visible even without the scopes.
I’m really happy that my sister went along this year, and we had a fun time yelling out answers and opinions during the interactive presentations. Giggling we lay side by side on my blanket looking up the vast sky, counting satellites as they wizzed by and joking about which one was the Millennium Falcon and which one was the Starship Enterprise. CARINA promises to host another Star Party this year as this event sold out in a matter or days. Hopefully it will be possible as a lot depends on the weather, but who knows, the weather forecast predicted lots of rain last night and we had an amazingly clear sky all night, almost as if the clouds were kept away by unseen forces, just for us.

Moon, Light and Shadow

Full Moon February 7th 2012

Last night was the second full moon for 2012. The cycle of our Moon is completed with a full moon, which represents death, change or tying up of loose ends. It symbolizes the end chapter, shedding light on the things that are interfering with our spiritual advancements which we no longer need to hold onto. It is the perfect time for releasing the things in our lives that no longer serve us such as addictions to food, drugs, or sex, for relinquishing suffering involved in hurtful relationships, and for discharging physical and emotional pains.

Two days before or after a full moon is also a great opportunity to draw on the healing energy of the Moon to enhance our emotional strengths, capacity for forgiveness and creative instincts. Meditating and practicing Yoga on the day of or on the days before and after a full moon is especially powerful. The best part, is that the Moon’s energy is available to us all.

My Yoga class was held on a rooftop in Port of Spain under the stars and the beautiful full moon. We performed a kriya (series of postures) specifically designed for body cleansing and disease prevention, which I’m still feeling the satisfying effects of tonight. During our ten minute deep relaxation under the dark velvet night sky, I couldn’t help opening my eyes to catch glimpses of Orion and the Moon. It was such an awe inspiring night.

View of part of the city from the rooftop
Our National Academy of Performing Arts is in the foreground
I still have to figure out which star this is.
It was directly opposite the rising moon in the night sky.

I encourage each of you to find a few minutes to spend with the Moon over the next couple of days. Draw on its healing energy that is especially for us. I leave you with a favourite song of mine in honour of our healing moon. Happy moongazing!

Moonshadow by Cat Stevens. Click here to play


Sizing Up The Universe

Butterfly Nebula
This nebula’s ‘wings’ are roiling cauldrons of 36,000° F gas, 
and its ‘body’ a dying star unleashing ultraviolet radiation. 
Located in the constellation Scorpius, the Butterfly Nebula is two light years wide.
The Earth and the Moon
Taken by the Voyager spacecraft in 1977, this photograph captures our planet
and its moon in one frame. The relative size of the Earth to the moon is 4 to 1.
Western Veil Nebula
Known as the Witch’s Broom, the Western Veil Nebula is part of a huge
supernova remnant that stretches more than six moon widths across the night sky.
 Carina Nebula
A close up view of the Carina Nebula reveals a pair of Bok globules (left and right),
which scientists think are concentrations of dust condensing into nascent stars.
Milky Way
Seen from earth, the Milky Way is a broad band of light arching across the night sky.
These beautiful images can be found on TIME’s website:
I am constantly in awe and humbled by the beauty of our Universe 🙂

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