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 perfect article on the nodes 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


“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

Happy New Year! Moving forward in times of change

2015 new year astrologyFor many, the first day of a new year is a day like any other, and to think otherwise is just a trick of the calendar. But a magical life is filled with symbols and meaning, and the passage through the doorway into a new year can be filled with the magic of transformation.

The Romans celebrated the first day of the year as a festival to Janus, their god of gates, doors, beginnings and endings. janusThey named the month of January after him, and portrayed him with two faces: one looking back and one looking forward. Janus presided over transition from past to future, the passage from childhood to adulthood and into old age. One of his faces was often portrayed clean-shaven with the other bearded.

Gates and doors are both portals from one experience to another. We enter through a gate and leave a part of ourselves behind; we enter the world of the unknown when we transition from one phase to another. Sometimes we seek change, sometimes we embrace it. Other times we fight it – holding on to the past for dear life. However we approach change it is, of course, inevitable. No matter how hard we wish for the day to remain, the night will come – followed by the next day of new beginnings.

I love the African concept of “Sankofa,” which literally means “it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot.” The word “Sankofa” comes from the Sankofa bird which flies forward while looking backwards. Sankofa teaches that we must look backwards to look forwards, reclaiming and preserving the past as tools for the future. In this […]

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By |2018-06-11T11:58:14-04:00January 1st, 2015|Inspiration|0 Comments

Sunday inspiration: A beautiful Leo Sunrise and poem

Thanks to Astrococktail for this incredible image.




Diana Henderson

Oh, embracer of life
Whose inner sun warms us all,
We, your subjects, are soon enthralled
By the magic of your performance.
You prance upon the stage
Amid the dance of sashay and promenade.
The story teller turns the page
With great fanfare and abandon,
And the tale grows ripe and lusty,
Rich as raisins baked on California vines.
The teller and the tale do blend a potent wine ~
More outrageous and ever more divine ~
With each utterance sublime in its sheer presence.
And there is always time for one more tale,
One more song, another dance, a joyful recitation.
As long as there’s an audience to regale,
You’ll provide us with that joyful expectation
Until without reservation you bring the blazing glory
Of the sun to reign upon the mindful ear,
To evoke a laugh or bring a tear,
To bring the light to all who hear the feline roar.
Actor, singer, painter, poet, dancer of the heart,
The fire is in your art and in your artifice.
You live always with a bang and not a whimper ~
Within your temper no room for temperance.
We bask in your brilliance infused with your heat,
Imbued with the passion that knows no retreat.
You’re there to remind us to play is the thing,*
To giggle, to roar, to rant and to sing!

© 1997 Diana Henderson

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By |2014-07-06T06:07:00-04:00July 6th, 2014|Inspiration|0 Comments

Sunday inspiration from Anam Cara

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May the light of your soul guide you
May the light of your soul bless the work you do with the secret love and warmth of your heart.
May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.
May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light and renewal to those who work with you and to those who see and receive your work.
May your work never weary you.
May it release within you wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration and excitement.
May you be present in what you do.
May you never become lost in the bland absences.
May the day never burden.
May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams, possibilities and promises.
May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.
May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.
May your soul calm, console and renew you.

John O’Donohue

Source: Anam Cara – A Book of Celtic Wisdom, pp. 160-161

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By |2018-06-11T12:01:25-04:00June 27th, 2014|Inspiration|3 Comments

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