The secret to happiness

I’ve been perusing the net this morning and have found some very interesting sites about the disaster in the Gulf and what it could mean for long-term chaos and trauma.  It’s the perplexing nature of our planet that we go through cycles of misery and triumph, but through the midst of the ups and downs of the experiences of our lives there is a thread of logic that the planets help to provide.

But in the meantime, we still have to deal with the crises in our own lives, whether they are visited upon us by outside forces or from unresolved psychological issues.  So I was tickled to see this photo on Joanna Powell Colbert’s blog, which really ways it all.

Essentially, the secret to happiness is to find what’s not working, and change it.  Not that this process is always easy!  First you have to discover WHAT isn’t working, and then you have to uncover the patterns that tell you WHY it’s not working.  Then you have to change those patterns and replace them with more effective attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that will help to bring about a different result.

Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.”  Yes, it cannot be denied that there are challenges surrounding us, and some of us are going through severe trials such as terminal diseases and devastating financial breakdowns.  But in the midst of these trials there is a thread of peace and wisdom to be experienced, and within that wisdom lies a joy in the heart that is beyond the reach of our day to day world.

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By |2010-07-13T06:49:51-04:00July 13th, 2010|Life|Comments Off on The secret to happiness

Pluto square Jupiter: Media blackout in the Gulf

For several weeks it there have been reports of reporters such as this one from Mother Jones being  prevented from fully covering the disaster in the Gulf, but it wasn’t until now, with Pluto locked in a nearly exact square to Jupiter, that this oppression (Pluto) of the media (Jupiter) has hit the mainstream news.

From yesterday’s New York Times:

Journalists struggling to document the impact of the oil rig explosion have repeatedly found themselves turned away from public areas affected by the spill, and not only by BP and its contractors, but by local law enforcement, the Coast Guard and government officials.

To some critics of the response effort by BP and the government, instances of news media being kept at bay are just another example of a broader problem of officials’ filtering what images of the spill the public sees.

Scientists, too, have complained about the trickle of information that has emerged from BP and government sources. Three weeks passed, for instance, from the time the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20 and the first images of oil gushing from an underwater pipe were released by BP.


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By |2010-07-10T15:20:16-04:00July 10th, 2010|Life|Comments Off on Pluto square Jupiter: Media blackout in the Gulf

Some astonishing lightning strikes: Zeus and Ouranos at work

lightning strikesPerhaps it’s purely coincidence that there have been three big lightning strikes over the past few days as Jupiter and Uranus conjoin at zero degrees Aries, the most fiery of fire signs.

It began last week when a man’s fiancee was struck by lightning as he was proposing to her in the mountains of North Carolina.

Then a bolt of lightning struck a tank at a gas tank farm in Greensboro, resulting in a huge fire that closed two North Carolina interstates.

Then lightning struck a ship in the Gulf of Mexico that was involved in the attempt to clean up the disaster, slowing down relief efforts there.

Last night a 62-foot tall statue of Jesus outside a church in Monroe Ohio was struck by lightning and erupted in flames.  The pastor said that Jesus took the hit to protect the home for at-risk women next door.

There have been lots of more minor stories about lightning as well: a letter carrier was struck by lightning in St. Louis during a storm; a motorcyclist was struck in the head by lightning in Colorado, lightning has been setting houses on fire in Atlanta and North Carolina.

Lightning is associated with Jupiter (Zeus).  He was called the Lightning Maker and he is commonly depicted holding lightning bolts in his hands.  But lightning is more Uranian in nature: it comes quickly, with no warning; it produces electricity which is ruled by Uranus; it occurs in the sky, the realm of Uranus, the Sky God.  People who are struck by lightning are forever changed by the experience, and Uranus rules sudden events that change our lives in radical ways.

With Jupiter and Uranus both in Aries – cardinal (initiatory) fire – the symbology of these lightning […]

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By |2010-06-16T05:03:35-04:00June 16th, 2010|Life|4 Comments

Diane on Jupiter-Uranus colliding with Saturn-Pluto this summer

I return from my trip today!

Diane Lang, the Libra seeking balance (from the blog of the same name) writes:

On June 10, 2010 in Washington State where I live, a much tougher law regarding cell phone use when driving goes into effect and I see it as an excellent example of the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction in Aries smacking into Pluto in Capricorn. This law allows anyone using a cell phone while driving to be ticketed to the tune of $124 and the cops have already given notice they will NOT be handing out warnings either.

The group most likely to ignore the hazards of texting or talking on a cell phone while driving are young and male – and a pretty good fit for Jupiter conjoined Uranus in the masculine, fire sign of Aries. They tend to be convinced they are both immortal and consider themselves capable of driving with all kinds of distractions. Me, I’m over sixty, female and KNOW it is a very bad idea to do anything but pay strict attention to my driving. Heh, I have to be on high alert watching out for all those young, distracted drivers . . . :)

read more here… Jupiter and Uranus in Aries certainly are indicators of reckless driving.  This is a good reminder for me to put the phone away!

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By |2010-06-04T07:45:46-04:00June 4th, 2010|Life|5 Comments

Memorial Day musings

While I am out of town I’ve selected some older articles to repost for you.

I was a student during the Vietnam war, and in demonstrations and marches against the war we decried the philosophy of our government that killing for peace made sense. On September 11 we were attacked by Osama bin Laden, and 2,646 Americans were killed.

Since then, 3,813 Americans have been killed in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 398 private contractors of various nationalities have been killed. Nearly 7,000 Iraqi forces have been killed, and anywhere from 60,000 to over 600,000 civilians and over 100 journalists.

I am not a pacifist, but I believe in healing. Where there is dysfunction, there is a need for healing that dysfunction. If Americans are hated, perhaps we should find out why. We had a beautiful opportunity in Afghanistan after the attacks of September 11 to go into that country and rebuild it; to drive out the Taliban and capture bin Laden and win the hearts and mind of the people. Instead we took every resource of the US military into a country that did not attack us and that we couldn’t maintain.

Perhaps we could take some of the billions of dollars being spent by military contractors to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan over and over again, and invest in programs in the middle east that would help the people in these countries. This is what Hazbollah has successfully done for years in Lebanon. This is what AlQaeda is trying to do; provide funds and a sense of pride.

Killing for peace has never been a goal that makes sense. In the ’60s, we used to say “Killing for peace is like f*#cking for chastity.” To kill innocent civilians for […]

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