Sunday Poetry for Poetry Month

Beliefnet ran a feature for Poetry Month and asked us to do a post on our favorite poem.  I wondered how I would be able to choose, and then remembered an old poem I wrote back in 1976 that I really love, so this is my poem for Poetry Month.

lokasiwisata.infoPraise Song

Oh, glory to the stars that shine

In everlasting splendor,

their sparkling dust of joy to fall

upon the blossoming heart, the tender rose

that smiles here below the sky.

Wisps of harmonies catch the strings within the spirit

and dancing gently round them,

bring them laughing into play, to sing

love’s cosmic melody, its touch

upon the lute within

begins to weave resounding

trails of voices singing,

ringing to the sky with joy

the praises of this life.

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By |2009-04-05T06:56:53-04:00April 5th, 2009|Inspiration|Comments Off on Sunday Poetry for Poetry Month

Banishing the Chiron Monsters

No matter how much wisdom we attempt to muster when we are approaching a difficult transit, there is no way to make it easy.  Sometimes, though, reframing the way we approach the challenge can turn the entire experience around for us.

In a flash of blogchronicity, Beth Owl’s Daughter has  on just this subject. Beth is guiding her readers through , Beth writes:

In today’s installment, we are encouraged to select one of our monster stories, and write it down in detail. You may have already started this, the way Thalia’s utterly despicable experience in first grade came to mind for her.

It needn’t be overly long, but make it as specific as you can remember. Julia advises, “Do jot down whatever details come back to you – the room you were in, the way people looked at you, the way you felt, what your parent said or didn’t say when you told them about it. Include whatever rankles you about the incident: ‘And then I remember she gave me this real fakey smile and patted my head…’ ”

Seen now as adults with some distance and experience behind us, some of these memories are outrageous. Go ahead. Feel that rage. Feel the grief, if that’s what is triggered. Allow those feelings to come right up, because they are the stirrings of your POWER. The adversities imposed on us by our monsters can give us the traction that will launch us towards even more brilliant future fulfillment!


Beth is describing quite accurately the process that Chiron teaches us.  We can weep and wail and run from our monsters, or we can face them head on and discover that really, our monsters are not […]

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By |2009-03-13T05:34:30-04:00March 13th, 2009|Inspiration|Comments Off on Banishing the Chiron Monsters

Don’t just make resolutions this new year; change your life instead!

new years resolutionThere’s something about the turning of the new year that gives us the feeling that we want to start over, and the making of resolutions as the new year begins is a time honored tradition that goes back to Babylonian times.  In those days the New Year was celebrated near the Spring Equinox in March.  This tradition continued into the Roman period but the New Year was changed to January 1 by Julius Ceasar to honor Janus, the god who looks both forward and backward.

When the ancient Babylonians made New Year resolutions, they were actually promises to the gods and they were taken very seriously.  Today we make the promises to ourselves, and our success depends upon how committed we are to improving our life. To many people, the New Year’s resolution is a bit of a joke; it was Mark Twain who said “Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.”

This year, don’t be one of the New Year Resolution Statistics. instead of making resolutions take a good and thorough look at your life.  Write down all of the things that you want to change, and take an honest look at the blocks that are keeping you from moving forward.

It’s not enough to write down your resolutions on January 1st – it’s important to continually remind yourself and reaffirm those intentions throughout the year.  Keep your list handy and read it daily so that you will remember what is important and refocus your attention in that direction.

I have a special to help you get started – every year I offer 30 minute Visioncrafting sessions for $35 to members […]

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By |2018-06-11T12:19:02-04:00January 2nd, 2009|Inspiration, Visioncrafting|Comments Off on Don’t just make resolutions this new year; change your life instead!

Trust the Planets! Update

tornadophoto taken by Eric Nguyen.

Back in early 2007 I did a reading for a woman whose husband of many years had just left her.  She called me because she wanted some help in figuring out a way to try to get him back. I told her that while I may not be able to help her to get her husband back, we would be able to glean more information about what was going on behind the scenes that caused this to happen.  When we did her reading her transits showed lots of Jupiter events and Uranus influences, indicating liberation and freedom rather than despair and sadness.

In October of that year we did a follow-up session, which I wrote about (rather obliquely) n an article I called “Trust the Planets.” We have done a couple of other sessions since then, and my client told me that she printed out the article and put it right on her desk where she could be constantly reminded that sometimes endings are really new beginnings.

We’ve done a few other follow-up sessions since then to look at the unfolding planetary cycles to see how they might affect the legalities of the divorce and impact on the children, and each time it has been clear that the planets had the wisest advice.  After our most recent session I was so happy to receive this letter.

I am writing to say thank you — your readings have helped me get through an extremely difficult period

When my husband of 27 years walked out unexpectedly, I sought your guidance. My first question was how can you help me bring […]

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By |2008-12-20T19:55:24-04:00December 20th, 2008|Inspiration|Comments Off on Trust the Planets! Update

Inspiration for Times of Change

From this month:

[T]ere is a lovely interpretation of the 59th hexagram of the I Ching, Huan or Dissolution, which I think illuminates the lessons we’ve been experiencing in this Wheel of Fortune year:

“Crisis means opportunity, but only when all of like mind can be organized behind one compelling visionary ideal.

“This is particularly true during disorganized times, when energies and resources are scattered. Great energy and generosity are needed to seize the moment, and rally behind the common cause.

“At such times, remember, if you are not part of the cause, you will become one of the effects.”

The reorganization of scattered energy is a useful image for Pluto in Capricorn.  Capricorn is about building forms that hold and channel energy which has become scattered into a structure that is serviceable and practical.  The illusions of the past are scattered in the wind, and we organize to build new forms that will better serve us now.

The link in Beth’s post offers other useful Pluto in Capricorn advice:

Nothing survives forever, not even rocks, not even the most rigid of structures.  The erosion of that which has been solid is not necessarily bad: it can mean that something new is being created.  The image is of ice floes, hardened in winter, dispersing in the warmth of spring; when the ice melts, a mighty river emerges.Rigidity in the hearts of men tends to breed a separateness which can only be thawed by a greater force: typically, some strong spiritual stirring.  The thawing of cold hearts brings good fortune.

The first thing to dissolve is […]

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By |2019-05-11T07:34:48-04:00December 16th, 2008|Inspiration|Comments Off on Inspiration for Times of Change