There was a new moon yesterday at 10:53 am EDT. This is the time to set your intentions for the coming month. To align your mind, body, and spirit with the unique soul vibration of the coming month will require that you be your authentic self, listen to your intuition when making decisions and stay grounded in your actions. The easiest and best way forward is to draw on your intellect, love and courage, then take deliberate and well thought out steps forward. Spend some time this weekend appreciating how you’ve grown, what you’ve learned and how deeply you feel.
L. Frank Baum first published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900, and the success of that book led to several sequels. A number of adaptations of Baum’s Oz stories for stage and screen appeared before MGM’s classic movie was released in 1939. Over the years The Wizard of Oz has been interpreted in a variety of ways. But on a personal level it’s the story of “The Hero’s Journey”.
The “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” begins with a nostalgic look at Dorothy’s Kansas farm home (representing the past) and with young Dorothy wishing for a better place “somewhere over the rainbow”. One day, a giant tornado (representing the dark turmoil of transformation) swoops down, transports and drops her and her little dog Toto into the Land of Oz. After a traumatic landing in which the “Wicked Witch of the East” is killed… Gilda, the “Good Witch of the South”, places the “Wicked Witch’s” silver slippers on Dorothy’s feet and advises her to follow the “yellow brick road” (the road of self-discovery) to the Emerald City (a make believe thing that only appears to have value) and ask the Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz (the one we look for outside ourselves to fix our lives) to help her find her way back home.
On her journey to the Emerald City Dorothy and Toto meet up with three traveling companions. The first was a Scarecrow who wishes to have a brain. These two then come across a Tin man who wishes to have a heart, and lastly a cowardly lion that dreams about gaining courage. (Each of these three characters represent a part of Dorothy that she needs… brain, heart and courage… it order to find her way forward.)
Toto, Dorothy’s little dog is very important to the story… possibly the real star of the story. Throughout the story, Dorothy has to rescue Toto and she has conversations with him. Toto represents Dorothy’s inner voice, her intuition… he’s and integral part of the story because Toto always leads Dorothy to do the right thing. It’s Toto who barks and pulls back the curtain to reveal that the ”Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz” is nothing but a fraud.
Now exposed the feared Wizard sadly explains he is a ”humbug”… an ordinary little man who came to Oz long ago in a hot air balloon and stayed because everybody though he possessed great power. While in actuality the only power the little man possessed was the ability to project his voice everywhere and fool the people of Oz by preforming clever illusions.
No Longer considered a powerful wizard, the little old man decides to create another hot air balloon and leave Oz. He invites Dorthy and Toto to join him. But just as the balloon is taking off, Toto jumps out to chase a cat, Dorthy follows after Toto, plants her feet on the ground and the balloon takes off without her. Saddened that she has lost her one opportunity to get back to Kansas, Gilda finally tells Dorothy that she has always had all she needed to move forward, she only needed to learn it for herself.
For the last few years, like Dorothy, you’ve been on a journey of self-discovery. It’s likely that, in one way or another, you’ve had the rug pulled out from under your feet, were swept away and dropped down in an unfamiliar place. It’s also likely that you encountered your demons, confronted your fears, surmounted many obstacles on the road you’ve been traveling and that in the process you stumbled across and integrated important aspects of your personality… your intellect, heart and courage.
In bravely confronting your fears you’ve come to realize that the power to re-shape your reality and transform your life has been lying dormant inside of you all along. This new moon suggests that it’s time to click your heels together three times, light that “inner spark” we all possess then simply and joyfully move into your future.
“The Silver Shoes,” said the Good Witch, “have wonderful powers. And one of the most curious things about them is that they can carry you to any place in the world in three steps, and each step will be made in the wink of an eye. All you have to do is to knock the heels together three times and command the shoes to carry you wherever you wish to go.” ~ The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum
Note: These daily inspirations are meant to help you understand and align your mind, body, and spirit with the unique soul vibration of each passing day.