New Moon Gatherings to get Trauma Informed Astrology started

Hello Dear Ones,

After chewing on several options for how to get Trauma Informed Astrology off the ground (thank you for your interest over the past few months!), Emily and I have decided on doing a two-hour New Moon Gathering, where we will share some Somatic Exercises and information about the new moon in Scorpio. And we will have time for questions about T.I. Astrology.

This will be a free session, online on Zoom. The plan is to do several of these – one in November, another in January. The New Moon in December is very close to the holidays in the U.S., so we will see if we want to have more spaciousness that month.

Then we will start some courses in the new year – by early 2023.

We will announce the October date soon. Most likely during the weekend of the 22nd / 23rd.

Let us know if you have questions or to express interest.

Kirby Moore & the T.I. Astrology team

Astrological Mentoring, Interpretations, 25-min free consults available

Hello Dear Ones,

As we continue to plan what Trauma Informed Astrology classes to teach and when (thanks for your patience!), I just want to put out there that I am having a lot of success with mentoring astrologers. When it comes to questions about the nervous system, what are some techniques I can use with a challenging client situation, shedding more light on birth process work (how are early developmental challenges affecting my client?) etc, that is where my background comes in very handy. Plus, if astrologers want to work on their own “stuff” as it were – I am happy to support your nervous system, to support you with process work, and to help you weave nervous system elements into greater astrological insight and awareness.

Let me know if you want to schedule a free 25-min consultation to see if working together is a good fit. This is a conversation about your intentions and a little about your history. We would discuss more astrology in a future appt if you want to work with me. You can schedule here: https://wisdomhealingtherapies.schedulista.com/

And I also have some Monday afternoons and occasional Saturday appts available (Eastern time).

I hope to hear from you soon! And may our transition into fall be easy and graceful.

Kirby Moore

“Seeds of Resilience” – A Somatic Approach to Trauma Informed Astrology

Hello Readers,

I have been busy with bodywork, leading Somatics classes, and enjoying a couple weeks of vacation the past two months. It has been just what my nervous system needs – a rejuvenating blend of spacious self-care and sharing healing wisdom. I am very grateful to be able to benefit others (and I continue to learn and grow as I offer emotional-process-oriented bodywork!).

I love the embodiment side of nervous system repair. The body has all the answers (or at least many more than the controlling left-brain thinks it has). And we can learn how to playfully and skillfully come down out of our heads and into the compassion of our hearts and the potency of our pelvis. In fact, if we get all three centers in alignment – head, heart, and pelvis, then that is a fine thing indeed!

Hence the title above. I am yearning to lead a workshop incorporating Somatic Techniques and Exercises to Move Toward Well-being. We will still discuss how each exercise is better suited for different Astrology signs and aspects, so participants will get a lot out of this class – both deepened awareness in the body and some didactic astrological learning as well.

Come down out of your head.

Lean into “Less is Better than More.”

Breath in playful easy spaciousness.

Experience how “the Slower we go, the Faster we will get there.”

Be surrounded by good company.

Learn what it means when we say, “More ground, less effort”.

More to follow soon!

Thank you for joining us on this journey!

Hiking through a sea of ferns

Day Two up here at the Dharma center in Maryland.

Today, we did Green Tara practice. It was a beautiful text from the Marpa tradition – the Udumwara Sadhana. I am used to doing a short Tara practice, this text was a bit longer and it also included the Praise to the 21 Taras, which is very pleasant. For whatever reason, it seemed like we were in a time warp. It was nice, but if you told me we did the mantra and prayers for eight hours, I would believe you. As it was, more like two hours elapsed.

Then we had lunch at the Clay Oven, a Tibetan lama favorite. Delicious Indian food. It was nice to share that with friends.

Then rest in the afternoon, taking it easy. Followed by a gorgeous hike through the woods of the Catoctin Mountains of Maryland. On the yellow trail hike, I was pleasantly surprised to discover several dozen paw paw trees! If we go back there in late August, there will definitely be some fruit.

From years past, I was already aware of the sea of ferns and the oceans of a small-yucca-looking plant with a stalk with white flowers. It is similar to the foam flower. Also from years past, I was aware of overlooks from the trail where one can look down over Frederick. But we would have had to hike another two miles (meaning four more miles round trip) and we ran out of time. We got good exercise as it was, hiking four miles round trip over rocky, hilly terrain.

It was a very pleasant day. Glad to be up here among good teachers and good company.

Back at the Dharma Center, brief reprieve

Hello Dear Readers,

I am back at the Tibetan Meditation Center in Maryland. Just taking a short break, enjoying good company with friends and the lamas up here – Khenpo Tsultrim and Lama Rigdzin. They are very generous – they are treating me like an honored guest. Of course I am happy to offer them bodywork and chip in around the center or helping to clean up the kitchen. I think they enjoy having visitors (obviously!).

If you feel like visiting the TMC site (or making a donation), click here for the TMC link.

enlightenment stupa at TMC

Stupa in the Mist.

Teachings on Green Tara today. Green Tara practice tomorrow, visiting with friends. Then on Monday the plan is to go to a nearby state park that has a lake for a picnic and swimming. [As an aside… This will be even more special for me because the local swimming lake near me couldn’t hire enough life guards and had to close. So it is chlorinated swimming pools or a long drive to a different lake for summer-time swimming.]

Here are some pictures from this first day: (it was rainy and foggy all morning, making for a magical, fairy-tale-like setting around the center.)

It is a three-hour drive from Charlottesville to Frederick, Maryland, and then another 20 – 30 mins up the small mountain to the Dharma Center. A relatively easy trek to encounter precious teachings and teachers.

Memorial Wall at TMC

I love the lush (very green) woods around here. Because it is up on the hill, it seems to get more rain than down in Frederick.

Amitabha Buddha statue in Memorial Wall at TMC

This is the Amitabha statue that was recently consecrated in June. Helping all sentient beings have easy transitions at the time of death (hopefully)!

Thanks for visiting!

Meditation Group starting August 2022

Hello Dear Readers,

I am starting an every-other-week meditation group in August – on Thursday, August the 25th to be exact.

The plan is to do a basic Tibetan Buddhist practice most weeks. Although this will depend on the experience level of practitioners who join. We may also do other meditations – somatic body scans, embodiment exercises, 5 element body-oriented meditations, etc.

It will be Thursday evenings at 7 – 8:30 pm (Eastern US time). Every other Thursdays starting August 25th. This will be online, unless there is a lot of interest from here in the Charlottesville area. Let me know if you are interested.

To Register: you can email me a mkirbymoore [at] protonmail [dot] com

Suggested donation of $25 / class. But really pay what you can.

About me – Kirby Moore

I have been practicing meditation since 2002, when I first met a Zen teacher in a philosophy class and got my first preliminary meditation instructions. The first couple years were not very productive as I was attempting to go it alone (without regular contact with a teacher).

In 2005, I was very fortunate to meet Tibetan Buddhist teachers and Lamas. I first began with Bon lamas – Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche in Charlottesville, Va. Then, in 2006, when I attended the Tibetan Meditation Center (TMC) in Frederick, Md (Drikung Kagyu lineage), I felt like I had come home. I have been working with these masters and heart teachers ever since – these include Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche, Drupon Thinley Ningpo, Khenpo Tsultrim, Khenpo Choepel, Garchen Rinpoche, His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche and other incredible lineage holders. In addition, I have taken teachings from Nyingma lamas as well.

From 2006 – 2013, I went up to TMC in Md at least four times / year. In the spring, there were 10 – 14 days of teachings given at Spring Retreat. Then I would go up for long weekend practice (deity yoga or meditation) retreats twice a year and usually attend Winter Retreat. You can find many posts on this blog about teachings / retreats I attended – especially if you go back and check out the older posts from 2009 – 2013.

I was very fortunate to attend and then to practice the Tibetan language with Geshe Jampel Thardo in Charlottesville. He was a hidden master – manifesting signs of accomplishment at the time of his death in late 2008. I was so blessed to get to spend time with him. He strongly encouraged me to learn (and master) the Tibetan language. I’m not at that level yet, but I love practicing this beautiful language.

I have also attended meditation retreats in Charlottesville and at Virginia Beach – doing a 10-day retreat nearly every year since 2007. These were dynamic retreats where every day: we would do Zapchen Somatics for an hour or two, we would do several hours of Shamatha calm abiding meditation, Qigong, 8 verses for training the mind (or the 37 Bodhisattva practices), metta – loving kindness practice, and a group dream exploration practice in the evenings.

In addition, I completed my first 90-day meditation retreat in Charlottesville in 2020. And I have also done Advanced Somatic Retreats in Zapchen Somatics with Julie Henderson and with her senior students. Zapchen Somatics is a brilliant series of fun and playful exercises designed to sneakily get people to come down out of their heads and into their bodies – and to move toward well-being.

Not to overwhelm you with information about the teachings I have received… I have also studied nervous system repair, the polyvagal theory and trauma resolution extensively. I am certified as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and I have started a modality entitled Trauma Informed Astrology – where I teach students around the world a dynamic blend of somatic embodiment exercises, tools for nervous system repair and seeing the nervous system through the lens of the Western astrology chart.

Just so we are clear, I am not a lama. I am not even a meditation teacher per se (according to the strict Tantric definitions). But I am very happy to share what little I know.

I hope you will join us.

Contemplative Somatics Class Renews

Hello Dear Ones,

I am writing to inform you about another series of classes entitled “Contemplative Somatics.” The first 8-class series went very well. All of the students loved it and requested to continue. So that is the intention! (See below for the class info!)

We are going to continue to deepen awareness of the body, awareness as our bodies. The intention is to drop into greater presence in the three centers – the clarity of the head, the compassion of the heart and the potency of the pelvis. If we worked on this for the rest of our lives, it would be a very meaningful life. (So we are going to take another little chunk in this series.)

There will be themes in this upcoming class. In one class, we will work with the jaw and patterns of holding tension there. In another class, we will work with the cranial base. Of course, there will be a class on opening and softening into our hearts. And we will even get into bringing awareness and attention down to the potency of the pelvis. How deep we go will depend on who shows up – frankly though, we will gain insights into our process wherever we are!

There will be an occasional guided meditation (hence the name) and we will also do a class on cultivating improved awareness of self-vs-other – in other words, we will strengthen our boundaries.

So let me know if you are interested in learning more or want to sign up for this great series. See below for all the info. You can contact me at kirby [at] mkirbymoore [dot] com (email that is). You can also leave a comment on here and I will respond. I hope to hear from you!

Beginners are welcome in this next series of classes. Start where you are!

Contemplative Somatics

Starting July 7th (Thursday) – evenings 7 – 8:30 PM Eastern time

We will meet every other Thursday from July 7th thru October 13th.

(Classes will meet 7/7, 7/21, 8/4, 8/18, 9/1, 9/15, 9/29, 10/13)

In-person option or online – this is a hybrid class. This format worked well for both people who were local and able to come into the large spacious well-ventilated office (in Charlottesville, Va) or for people who were long-distance on Zoom.

Cost: $275 for the series.

To Register: You can pay via Venmo, Zelle, PayPal, or check to reserve your space. We are looking for two to three more participants. This is a small group format (max of eight to nine participants).