Inspiration

Sunday inspiration: A kitchen for the soul

To celebrate the opposition from Ceres, representing the abundance of the earth and her ability to nourish us, with Neptune, planet of spirituality and creativity, I offer this beautiful piece from .  Photo from , and thanks to for the inspiration on Pinterest.

 

Your kitchen is calling. It’s inviting you to engage the magic of transformation by taking the gifts of the earth and cooking them into meals that nourish the depths of your being. To make a kitchen for your soul, you don’t need an expensive remodel. You don’t need new cabinets or industrial strength appliances. All you need is to open your senses to the act of preparing food and the willingness to appreciate the simple miracle being created in the act.

It only takes a moment to shift your kitchen from a storage room for snacks into a place of soulful alchemy. Instead of unconsciously stumbling into your kitchen and grabbing something from the frig, plopping it on a plate and stuffing it in your mouth, try this. Stop, look at where you are and sense the possibilities. The stove is offering fire. The sink is providing water, the refrigerator and cupboards are filled with earthy bounty from the world’s garden. All that’s needed is for you to feel the desire in your belly and allow it to guide you in creating a meal. As you open the doors of the frig or cabinet to select the vegetables, grains and other items, savor the colors, shapes and design of the food. Imagine the fields and orchards they came from and the natural processes of weather and soil that produced them. As you slice and […]

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By |2018-08-05T07:46:35-04:00August 5th, 2018|Inspiration|0 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Cut the storyline

This week’s Cancerian New Moon eclipse opposed transformative Pluto which is in an exact square right now to a complex system in my own natal chart that includes Saturn and the Sun.  I have been turning inside out as the energy of Pluto demands that I remain aware of the churning emotional and thought patterns that struggle to emerge and be released, just like little daemons I have carried with me throughout my life.  The retrograde travel of Mars is a great ally in this struggle to break free of the captors that hold our heart prisoners, but sometimes the battle distracts us from the Truth of surrender.

profoundly spoke to me, and perhaps it will speak to you as well.


When you find yourself overwhelmed by habitual, ruminative thinking; when the repetitive thoughts and feelings are cascading and looping; when you are caught in the trance of disembodiment and self-abandonment… just stop.

With the power and presence of the warrior’s sword of compassion, cut the storyline. No, not this time. This time I choose differently.

Slow way down and feel your feet on the ground. Breathe deeply into your lower belly and activate your senses. See what is around you with clear vision, enter into pure listening. Shift your sacred life energy out of the spinning and into the aliveness of the body. While it may appear otherwise, the safety we seek is in self-attunement, self-compassion, and holding the visitor as he or she appears.

It is an act of kindness to not fuel the dysregulating narrative, and takes practice, courage, and curiosity. Something is erupting under the surface, longing to be integrated and allowed back home, but it […]

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By |2018-07-15T07:21:58-04:00July 15th, 2018|Astrology in my world, Inspiration|8 Comments

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 […]

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By |2018-07-01T09:15:19-04:00July 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.

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By |2018-06-24T06:59:01-04:00June 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).

 

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By |2018-06-16T16:06:05-04:00June 17th, 2018|Inspiration|3 Comments
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