Inspiration

Reader question: How can we adapt in an unjust world?

Serenity Charm by James Avery

Gina asks,

As a person born in Aug 1966, I have (it seems to this amateur) that there is such an emphasis in my natal chart of Saturn and Chiron. I also have Uranus and Pluto in my 12th so I feel like I can get weighed down with the concerns of the collective and have experienced some eerie coincidences when I have experienced depression before a large event. So I can’t help but notice injustice (and there are so many). Then I can become cynical and embittered and distrustful.

Obviously this isn’t helpful to me or anyone.

I also was born with an Aries moon so my ire has really been stirred the last few years. So in my long winded way (sorry) in your blog entry when you suggest we ‘adapt,’ what do you mean. How do you see the balance between addressing injustices and adapting to new changes? What if the new changes seem unjust and unacceptable? Is it then time to break out the crying towel and have a misery party? I really would rather not.

This is a powerful question Gina, and not that easy to answer. First of all, the conjunction of Saturn (the Celestial Teacher) to Chiron the Soul Healer) in the mid 1960s is a difficult one that is often accompanied by deep soul wounds that create a great deal of emotional sensitivity.

When Saturn tightly aspects Chiron in the natal chart there is a requirement that we work diligently (Saturn) to heal our inner wounds which likely feel more intense than we imagine others to be.  You have fairly accurately described the tendencies of the other factors in your chart, and […]

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By |2018-06-11T12:28:18-04:00September 12th, 2016|Inspiration|4 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Why me?

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I have two good friends with cancer, so this question is coming up a lot these days. And recently I did a reading for someone who was taken ill with pneumonia and since then suffered a seemingly never ending series of health problems and pain.  I’ve had clients who have been in terrible car accidents that paralyzed them.  Horrific abuse as children. Being fired from a job at which they excelled.

These events may seem terrible on the surface, and it would be easy when undergoing a drastic and terrible time to feel like Job in the bible on whom Jehovah visited a never ending series of trials.  But hidden in nearly all of these events is a kernel of magic that can transform our viewpoint and the way we see our world.

Cancer has been much on my mind lately because of my friends.  The last thing they want to hear from me is that there is a gift of magic hidden in their cancer.  I’ve never had cancer, so how do I know?  And is that really helpful?  What if they can’t find that gift, does that make them somehow a lesser person?  And yet there are many stories of people with serious illness who have found a new way of looking at their lives that completely transformed them.

Nine years ago I wrote this article about “the bright side of cancer.”  In this article I quote a number of people, including Lance Armstrong who said “Cancer was the best thing that ever happened to me,” he said. “I don’t know why I got the illness, but it did wonders for me, and I wouldn’t want to walk away from […]

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By |2016-10-08T12:17:06-04:00August 14th, 2016|Favorite posts, Inspiration|2 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Longing to Belong

Venus is in Cancer right now, enhancing our longing to belong to a tribe, a family of souls that connect us to the earth.  This longing for connection conflicts over the next day or two with Uranus in Aries – the individualist, the loner.  This conflict between our need for individual space and our need to belong is central to the human condition and creator of much of our personal and political conflicts. 

To inspire healing on this day where our desire to belong is conflicting with our need to separate, I offer this beautiful writing from the late John O’Donohoe. 


 

Our world desperately needs to come in from the lost islands of desiccated individualism and learn to stand again on the fecund earth where vibrant and vital interaction can happen between people.

Our world is facing so many crises ecologically, economically, and spiritually. These cannot be overcome by isolated individuals. We need to come together. There is incredible power in a community of people who are together because they care, and who are motivated by the ideals of compassion and creativity.

When such a community develops and maintains its own vision, it will not fall into the trap of being prisoners of reaction and beginning to resemble more and more the opposition. It will not deconstruct in the introverted power games, but maintain its care and critical focus.

When such a prophetic community is nourished by prayer and animated by Divine Longing, the harvest of creativity and belonging which it can bring is unlimited.

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By |2016-07-15T15:36:58-04:00July 10th, 2016|Inspiration|2 Comments

A change of focus as the lunar nodes change signs

futureThe Nodes of the Moon are not planets – they are purely mathematical points that show where the path of the Moon crosses the path of the Sun (called the “ecliptic”).  The North, or ascending, node acts as a signpost to guide us into the future – it points the way for our soul’s evolutionary growth.  The South, or descending, node is a signpost from the past.  Through the South Node we release people, places and things which we carry with us that are no longer needed.

Some traditional and Vedic astrologers see the South Node as being “malefic,” or a “debility” and in fact, the energies around the South Node often hold us back.  They show where we are most comfortable and sometimes they show aspects of past lives which we have brought into this one in order to heal and evolve.

The North and South Nodes are always in opposite signs, reflecting the polarity of the astrological pantheon, and they change signs approximately every eighteen months or so.  On October 9th the mean calculation for the North Node will move from Libra into Virgo.  Some astrologers use the “true node” which will change signs on November 11th

(One of many things astrologers argue over is whether to use the “mean node” or the “true node.”  Steven Forrest has written a which I can’t improve upon for you astrology geeks.)

When the North Node changes signs there is a shift in focus for all humanity, and the North Node moving into Virgo signifies a greater awareness of our responsibility to others, our connection to the food that nourishes us, and the organizational details that are required for life on Planet Earth.  At the same time we are required […]

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By |2015-10-06T09:00:00-04:00October 6th, 2015|Inspiration|5 Comments

Sunday inspiration: A life beyond time

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“Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?”

That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.”

Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

The mind lives in the realm of time – looking back into the past with regret or nostalgia; looking forward to the future with anxiety or anticipation.  The soul lives in a realm that is free from time or judgment of any kind.  The stillness of being completely present with all that is offers a bliss and joy that goes beyond that which any worldly event can bestow.

The cold of winter offers an opportunity to slow down and witness the magic of stillness.  As the mind and the heart become one, the soul sings with the joy of awakening and connection with the timeless Source itself.

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By |2018-06-11T11:57:24-04:00February 15th, 2015|Inspiration|0 Comments
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