Inspiration

Sunday inspiration from Martin Luther King Jr.

The political chaos that we are now experiencing seems to follow every alignment between Uranus (radical change) and Pluto (destruction and transformation).  Today’s chaos is the result of the tumultuous change fostered by the challenging square between Uranus and Pluto between 2010 and 2017.  Martin Luther King Jr.’s voice emerged during the Uranus/Pluto conjunction of the mid-1960s when the civil rights movement came to a head.  There was a great debate at the time between Malcolm X, who called for disruption and violence where necessary, and Dr. King, who sought nonviolence and the peaceful way.  In the end both were assassinated and it’s difficult to say which of these great leaders in the end had the greatest effect on improving civil rights in this country.

In the US today and really around the world, the political situation grows uglier each day and the retrograde travel of Mars has only exacerbated the rage and anger that fills the airwaves.  Fighting this intensity with more of the same only fuels the fire and in the end there is no resolution.  I offer these quotes from Dr. King as a suggestion that while fueling violence with more violence is not the answer, taking a stand is an absolute imperative.

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

“We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”

“He who […]

By | 2018-07-01T09:15:19+00:00 July 1st, 2018|Inspiration|11 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Poetry for Mars Retrograde

You have spent a lifetime
quietly mourning or ignoring
your losses and your lostness
with no funeral, no wake and no way
to nurture your joy.

Time for a burial.
No, for a burning!
For a great funeral pyre
that will light the night sky.
Then a festal meal of bread and wine.
And, from the ashes, perhaps some kind of rising.

 Unfurling

As Mars prepares to retrograde, as it does every two years or so, it’s a good time to look back at these losses and our sense of “lostness” and reclaim the space that is being held in our psyche by these old and long ignored hurts and wounds.  Perhaps we can begin to let go a bit of the stories that keep us trapped and unable to move forward.

Mars is a motivator – it fuels the fire of our drives and desires, and when thwarted it can morph into anger and rage.  Emotional wounds are another source of anger when our needs (Mars) aren’t met.

I love this poem which inspires us not to bury these old wounds but to immolate them with a fire of passion and wonder, followed by a celebration to make way for the new life.

By | 2018-06-24T06:59:01+00:00 June 24th, 2018|Inspiration|Comments Off on Sunday inspiration: Poetry for Mars Retrograde

Sunday inspiration from Black Elk: The true peace is within

“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka , and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.

The second peace is that which is made between two individuals, and the third is that which is made between two nations. But above all you should understand that there can never be peace between nations until there is known that true peace, which, as I have often said, is within the souls of men [and women].

Nicholas Black Elk (Hehaka Sapa), Black Elk Speaks, 1961. 

In the Sioux language, the “Wakan Tanka” translates roughly to the “sacred mystery” which dwells within each of us.  I love this idea of the “first peace,” in which we strive become one with that sacred mystery within us.  We can then recognize the light and sacred peace within other individuals, and then nations and universal communities.

I found the idea of turning within to find this sacred peace particularly apt as we look forward to the retrograde turn of Mars (read more here).

 

By | 2018-06-16T16:06:05+00:00 June 17th, 2018|Inspiration|3 Comments

Sunday inspiration: The Neptune station and finding compassion for ourselves

 If the last week has taught us anything, it’s that we have no idea what’s going on inside the minds of others.  A client told me yesterday, “everyone else I know is having so much fun.”  In today’s glitzy social media world, it’s so easy to look at the Instagram feeds of your friends and think that everyone is having a perfect life. That’s the curated version – the one that we choose to show the world.

Often the real version, the life that we are actually living, is quite different.  And the gap between how we really feel about our lives and how we see the lives of others is growing thanks to the power of social media to amplify the ideal and hide the truth.

Social media is the 21st century equivalent of the Christmas brag letter. Quite a few years ago my husband and I laughed over such a letter – one of the sons had been arrested that year and the other had had a bad acid trip and ended up in the psych ward.  These two events were completely transformed in the Christmas letter to make it appear as though everything was just fine.

When we look at the life of someone we don’t know and assume their life is perfect, we are missing the point and hurting ourselves.  We don’t know what kind of misery that person may have gone through to get where they are today. We don’t know what their happy exterior might be hiding. But most importantly, envy and resentment close the heart and keep us from happiness.

Neptune is at a standstill right now as it prepares to turn retrograde on the 18th.  Neptune is […]

By | 2018-06-10T09:52:36+00:00 June 10th, 2018|Inspiration|1 Comment

The difference between happiness and joy

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At first glance, we might think that happiness and joy are the same thing.  Both make us feel good, both are qualities that we seek.  In fact, embedded in the United States Constitution is the inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness.

In reality, though, I would argue that the two are quite different both in quality and in their effect on our human lives.  Happiness is a feeling, an emotion – a sense of pleasure and contentment. Happiness comes to us when we feel that life is worth living; that the circumstances in our lives have manifested in a way to generate a feeling that life is good.  The astrological correlation for this sensation is Jupiter – the Greater Benefic, the planet that helps to activate these good feelings of abundance and confidence and which often brings about actual good luck and good fortune.  Venus, the Lesser Benefic, is also involved in good feelings in its role as the seeker of pleasure, love and beauty.

Though a dictionary might say that joy is a synonym for happiness, they have a different quality.  Where happiness is based upon life circumstances and events that are good rather than bad, joy is an inner experience that springs from the heart and the soul.  Happiness comes and goes depending on our circumstance; joy arises from the soul when we feel completely aligned in our sense of Self.

Joy is defined in dictionaries as being synonymous with exultation, jubilation, exhilaration, elation, euphoria, bliss, rapture – sensations that activate a higher perspective than mere happiness and require a turning away from attachment to the things that come and go.  To me, this is represented by the full and complete activation […]

By | 2018-04-12T11:34:37+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Inspiration, Life|17 Comments
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