Hello world!

This site will bring you some interesting and timely posts about what is going on in the Heavens — I love studying astrology, and I enjoy passing on the information I have gleaned from the moving planets in aspect to the sun and moon and each other.  Even if you feel this kind of post isn’t for you — if you give it a try, you might find it amusing, informative, downright accurate, or just a good way to pass a couple of lazy minutes on your computer. 

I have found over the years that much of what goes on in the ether does affect the happenings here on planet Earth — much depends on the sign you were born under and what aspects are in your own personal natal chart.  You can get your natal chart free from many sites on the internet — and learning where your sun and moon are located, along with the sign that was rising at the time of your birth will give you a heads up as to what cycle you are now going through. 

There are many cycles that the planets bring to us, Saturn, for instance (I call it the “learning” planet — has a cycle of approximately 28 to 30 years) — by the time we are 30 we have experienced the planets influence in each house of our natal chart.  It’s no wonder that the Hippies of the 60’s quipped “Don’t trust anyone over 30” — we are changed because of our having been through the many and varied, sometimes difficult lessons of Saturn throughout our charts.

Also there is a magnificent opposition from the planet Uranus at age 42 (give or take a year) that challenges us — can we say “mid-life crisis”?  This year is often fraught with changes that we might be less that anxious to have happen.  Yet the planet Uranus doesn’t bring a change unless it is going to build us a newer and stronger foundation.  It is part of the building blocks of our journey throughout this lifetimes path. 

We can accept and grow with the help of the Universal forces, or we can challenge the energies and find ourselves at odds with our true and natural path.  In astrology there is a saying “As above — so below” … this doesn’t mean we have no free will — it only shows us that by following the natural harmony of the galaxy, we can flourish and meet all of our expectations — or we can rale against the forces and be held accountable in many formidable ways.  The stars may impel, but they do not compel any actions or beliefs. 

The world is our oyster, there is so much for the taking, so much beauty, knowledge, fun and happiness to be garnered from our lifetime here, if we but choose to be aware and partake of its bounty.

I hope you will join me in opening up the mysteries and secrets of the Universe as we all travel on this tiny blue planet called Earth — it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to get it right, we have the choice, the right, and the means to become our best selves, and to find our place in the Universe.  Lets all gear up and promise ourselves we will choose to become the ultimate human being we are meant to be — awesomeness is an option — let it be you!

Welcome fellow searchers for the truth — it is out there…

 

New Moon in Cancer — June 23rd 2017

The Cancer New Moon crests at 2 degrees of the sign on the 23rd at 9:30 PM EST (add one hour for DST). All those who have a birthday near this date will be starting a new lunar year — bringing good tidings within their family groups. Helping us move forward on a positive note is Jupiter in Libra moving forward once again bringing its jovial and balanced ideas into our realm. New partnerships can be formed of both business and romantic appeal, allowing us to explore new avenues to advance our own agendas. Jupiter is also working hand-in-hand with Neptune actually expanding our dream states, bringing visions and inexplicable feelings of empowerment. Allow some of these spiritual messages to perk a while in your psyche to see if they have application in the real world. Or perhaps, it will just find you more appreciative of art, music and other ethereal elements in your daily life. It’s a win/win either way!

With Neptune in Retrograde motion, it is a good time to look within ourselves, find our true inner being that is just waiting for us to recognize the power within. Meditate, cogitate and contemplate what the Universe is trying to impart to you, and see if you can find a way to incorporate these enigmatic feelings and insights into a new way of perceiving yourself and your journey throughout this lifetime. The ongoing Saturn/Uranus match-up is continuing to fuel our need for movement and accomplishment. If you feel you have just been treading water for the last few months — now is the time to make a move in order to awaken that dormant energy within. Take a chance on something wonderful, unique, or just different and see where it can take you. Adventure is the spice of life!

With our New Moon in Cancer, family becomes the focus — isn’t it amazing how the Cosmos operates? As we come into our usual vacation and Summertime activities that often include family partys, reunions, or get-togethers, the Sun has entered Cancer the sign that has so much to do with the Mother principle, home, our fierce protective instincts, and that epitome of our lives — Family! The sign Cancer (Cardinal-Water), has dominion over the Moon, rules all domestic issues, the breasts, female qualities, the stomach (when too emotional, a Cancer’s tummy is often upset), short journeys, water sports, swimming, and emotions.  If there is any caveat here — it is to control your emotions, don’t allow yourself to be overwhelmed by your feelings. This is difficult for any Cancer because their feelings are often on their sleeves — there for everyone to see — yet once they can control the delicacy of their emotions they become better able to survive and thrive in the world. Being a Cardinal sign can be the saving grace of our Cancer brethren, as they have the wherewithal to employ their mighty persona to control their very soft interior.

The New Moon in Cancer will crest at 9:30 PM EST — so all evening on the 23rd and all day on the 24th will be the most powerful times to write out your affirmations. Since Cancer has a karmic dominion over all loved ones, family, and domesticity it will behoove us to keep these subjects in mind as we prepare our lists. However, we can wish for anything with the positive power of a New Moon — so wherever you feel there is a need, desire, emptiness or lack — be sure to write out the appropriate affirmation in order for it to be sent into the ether to take hold in the massive intergalactic harmony of our Universe. Our thoughts are actions that emit a solid piece of ourselves into the heavens, where it can evolve into an action that will enhance our life and the lives of our loved ones.

Peace!

 

Summer Solstice — June 20th 2017

As the Sun enters the sign Cancer on June 20th at 11:25 PM EST (add one hour for DST), we celebrate this feast of antiquity. Many gather to see the Sunrise in selected places around the globe.  As the warming rays of the Sun’s enormous energy reach down to us here on Earth, they herald the news that the New England Summer has officially begun.

We had a rainy and rather chilly Spring this year (with the exception of a 3-day May heat wave),  with temperatures soaring into the 90’s! The bonus here is that the grass is greener, the trees are fuller, and the flowers are radiant with brilliant colors. I can hear the groans of those who are thinking “Sure, but the pollen was high, fungi flourished and the allergy prone suffered.” All true — still — we in New England have come to realize that our weather is a fact of life — and we must all deal with it in all its forms.

Ancient practices were held in many cultures celebrating Midsummer — bonfires were lit, many danced in celebration, libations were imbibed, and incantations were voiced. The Greeks honored Cronus the God of agriculture, the Romans held Vestalia to honor the Goddess of the Hearth, the Chinese of old celebrated the Earth’s feminine principle and the Yin force. All over Europe time was put aside to rejoice in this special time, even today Viking rituals and celebrations are practiced and draw many tourists to Iceland. The Maya and Aztec built their Temples to create certain shadows and elements when the solstices arrived, and here in the USA the Native Americans held ceremonial Sun dances — actually the Wyoming Bighorn Medicine Circle is believed to be aligned to the solstices built long ago by the Plains Indians. Of course, the Druids held special rites that today are best known for being held at Stonehenge.

It seems since we are no longer strictly an agrarian country, that we no longer need to pay attention to these passages throughout the year — yet — if we are not in tune with the harmony of the Earth we become detached from our roots and heritage. It’s as if we are just floating free of all encumbrances and are at the will of our own needs, desires and psyches. Herein lies a disconnect between ourselves and our environment, and there is danger in forgetting our ancient history. Our Earth sustains us not only physically but psychically — we are bound to the vagaries of our globe as hand-in-glove we must work together to become whole. When we are detached from our environment we become less aware and less in tune to the ancient rhythms that help us to endure.

Return to the sanctity that the Solstice brings — feel the primordial rhythms that have for centuries guided our species. Breathe in the transcendent and divine elements of our origins. Find within yourself the beautiful, sacred and blessed connection that our ancestors have handed down to us of our singular relationship with our Heaven and Earth. There is no stronger or cohesive blending of our true selves than with our fellow man and with our small Blue Planet.

We do well when we remember that we are all a part of this unique whole, our lives are intertwined, our destinies are forever linked as we spin on our tiny planet within the vast cosmos. The Universe, our Galaxy, our minuscule corner of creation is all we truly have. Perhaps we all should appreciate how fragile and infinitesimal we are without each other. How can we not appreciate and approve of our fellow man — we are all human beings — together within the miraculous concept that is life!

Rejoice!

Peace

 

 

Be A Brilliant Light — Jone Victoria — June 14, 2009

What sets you apart?

Making a positive difference, in another’s life, is not hard.

Some guidance on how to begin:

Show restraint in saying the first thing that comes out of your mouth.

Be mindful when you drive, read, eat, talk, even when you listen. Give full attention to your actions of the moment.

Remember what your childhood was like when raising your children. Words are powerful and can create emotional fissures of low self-esteem or motivate greatness in all deeds.

Be seen with someone in public when everyone else has turned against them. Do not kick someone when they are down; one day you may be on the bottom looking up.

Surprise a friend in turmoil by not asking them what you can do — just do it. Doing the dishes, laundry, making a grocery run, picking up a prescription, washing a person’s hair can be invaluable gifts.

Help a friend who is overwhelmed with unemployment: take them to lunch, balance their checkbook, call the credit card people for them and reduce their interest rates, sit with them while they open their bills; anonymously pay for a home fuel delivery.

Donate food to the food pantry, clothes to the shelters, and time to the elderly who have no visitors in senior care centers.

When seeing a homeless person make eye-contact with them.

Imagine the word Tolerance tattooed on your chest.

You get the idea. The list is endless on how you can impact someone’s life.

This life is to be shared, not only with the four-legged, six and eight-legged, and winged ones that co-habit this Earth with us — with the two legged as well.

Spirituality is hard work, it takes effort. When you pass from this third dimensional reality you have your “light”, your essence, to be seen and welcomed by those we have loved and who are waiting to be with you again.

Each person has this incredible capacity to truly love and give forth of themselves to improve the quality of someone’s life.

Make your energy brilliant while you are in the present moment.

Karma is about action, not dormancy.

Jone’s blog was called “Reclaim Your Light” — and this post seems to be a part of her ongoing journey to bring this message to one and all. Jone believed that we are all born with that inner “Light” within our spirit — and that it is up to us to acknowledge this inner force, and to use it for good. How many of us are so involved with our phones or other technical devices that we are not paying attention! We seem to be living on the fringe of what is true and real. Let’s all try to be mindful and be aware of  each precious moment.

She cared for those she met who had lost their light, those who had wandered off their karmic pathway, and one of her most ardent desires was to help these individuals to be able to once again begin to get in touch with their spirituality. Jone believed that our “Light” transcended death, and our consciousness lived on without the baggage and pain of our earthly body. Much of her life was devoted to helping heal those who had lost their way or couldn’t seem to heal themselves either spiritually or physically. Her karma was a difficult choice — helping to heal is draining, especially when there is not only spiritual depletion, but physical as well. Jone had a hands-on approach that helped many — but also took a toll on her own physical being.

Jone tried to share her innermost truths with all of us — in straightforward and simple language, she put forth her ideas, visions, philosophy, learned principles, hard-won facts, and always with a compassionate love of humanity. It would serve us all well to try to live by her example and show empathy for all our brethren.

Peace

Lady Venus Enters Taurus — June 6th 2017

Early in the morning hours of June 6th at 2:27 AM EST (add one hour for DST), Lady Venus slips from the grip of confrontational and macho Aries, and into the more accommodating and discerning sign of Taurus for the rest of the month.   Lady Venus will quickly blend with the Earthy Fixed Taurus persona in order to find her most fervent and bewitching identity whilst in this new inspirational realm. Lady Venus will sparkle within the comfort of Taurus practical and steady dominion. Indeed Lady Venus will blossom and become ever more beautiful with the help of Taurus deep appreciation of all that is beautiful, fascinating and fashionable.

Ruling music, drama and all the arts (arcane and mysterious), our social lives, marriage and loved ones, all manner of beautifying our lives, clothing, decor, bringing Nature into our homes with flowers of all colors, our Lady Venus in Taurus will alter and change our perception of ourselves and our personal surroundings. Also, on a practical note — Lady Venus in Taurus will help to accentuate our monetary and/or real-estate issues. We would be wise to pay attention to our budget, especially our “outgo” to see where our monies seem to disappear so quickly. You may find your generous habit of getting coffee for the office is costing you much more than you bargained for when you first initiated this offer. You may also see that buying lunch every day is an expense you could cut just by bringing your lunch from home (and realize you won’t be wasting all those leftovers). Even little changes can help you to be more proactive in balancing your budget — perhaps you will be able to  put some of your savings into paying off a high-interest credit card — a win/win for you in every department.

Lady Venus feels especially romantic in Taurus, and seeks ways to connect with Her loved ones and may be looking for a new passionate connection of Her very own. Taurus can love deeply and loyally — always ready to serve those within the walls of his domain. With ever emotional and amorous Venus within those ivied walls, there is a heightened sense of romance and ardor. Lady Venus in Taurus may be one of the most loving and caring combinations in the Zodiac — ever faithful, committed and unwavering in their deep devotion to those they love. With the practical and stable character of Taurus by Her side — our Lady Venus is more than a force to be reckoned with — indeed — she is the epitome of power, strength and dynamic resolve — while remaining glamorous, feminine and ladylike! Lofty Taurus will also help Lady Venus with his practical approach to everyday living — a slow, balanced, and steady plan for the future, will help defer Venus often frivolous need to explore every new fashion-trend and progressive change that She may find of interest. These two working in concert will bring beauty, love, commitment, and deep passion into every moment of their lives.

On the 9th closing in on the noon hour, Venus and Mars find common ground and stimulate an attraction that seems Karmic and connected — maybe a lunch date is in the offing. In mid-afternoon on the 15th Venus in a mildly adversarial dust-up with Saturn, may make you  feel as if you are misunderstood, and that no-one has your back. It might be that you need a pick-me-up if you missed lunch — have a snack and reflect on the issue, and you may come to a more positive awareness. The 19th brings conflict between Lady Venus and the Sun in the early afternoon, it may behoove you to mind your manners and try to keep peace wherever you find yourself. In the wee hours of the 20th you may find that your dreams are stimulated by a Venus and Neptune aspect — try to remember that brilliant idea that made you feel so good when you woke up! Early risers on the 24th can be like the Early Bird and find that elusive item, issue or element that was the missing link in yesterdays questions and problems. You may be prone to sudden urges or impetuous actions in the late evening or early hours of July 3rd with Lady Venus and Uranus connecting — it would be advised to allow yourself some time to recalculate your impulsiveness for a more prepared approach. Lady Venus will enter the sign Gemini on July 4th at 7:12 PM EST (remember to add one hour for DST), once in Gemini — our Lady Venus becomes more flirtatious, fickle and frisky — so you may want to close any business action and/or seal the deal on a new love connection, before the capricious Lady Venus in Gemini is on the loose.

Hint — look for your Lady Venus in Taurus love interest while buying flowers, seeing a Chick Flick, when attending a play or music review, in a candy store (especially chocolate), having tea in a bakery shoppe, watching a fashion show, looking for a new house, having alterations done, getting a haircut, attending a friend’s wedding, taking cooking lessons, or being introduced by your Mom or sister, and helping her with her taxes.

 

Mars Enters Cancer — June 4th 2017

Leaving sprightly Gemini to enter sensitive Cancer on June 4th at 11:17 AM EST (add one hour for DST), Mars isn’t sure how well he will fare in this Watery Cardinal sign. Mars spirits are dampened and there is just too much emotional turmoil for Him to process easily. Still, once Mars begins to understand that they are both Cardinal signs, He can tap into that dogged determination that so many miss in our delicate Cancerians. Indeed, although our Cancer folks are totally committed to Mother, family and all close relationships, and have a gentle and non-competitive manner, they have an inner core of unbending strength and a good idea of what they want out of life.

I can remember working as a copywriter many years ago, and there was an executive position available — several women were up for the job — and the two front-runners were dynamic and successful business women. The other was more laid back, a people person who seldom was in the forefront of any meeting or discussion — however — she was a Cardinal Cancer — and she managed to work her way into the running in her subtle and understated manner. Most thought she didn’t have a chance at this high-profile position — however — when the decision was made — our Cancer had won out over the other two candidates! It wasn’t that she was more qualified, but that she understood who was making the decision, what they really wanted in a cohort, and how to manage the interoffice rivalry without seeming to be a part of it. After the announcement, that rippled with incredulity throughout the office — everyone began to see what a smart decision had been made. She had the ability to get the work done, without shunting aside or demeaning the others with whom she had to work with in close quarters. The moral here is to never underestimate a seemingly quiet, humble and self-deprecating Cancer!

But on to Mars as He traverses the watery depths of Caner during His stay here — not known for sensitivity or delicacy, Mars will use the watery emotional quotient of Cancer to intimidate and overwhelm others. Of course, this is not Mars favorite element and He doesn’t really have enough knowledge to handle the immensity of emotion that Cancer can evoke. Blundering into situations with so much angst, Mars finds himself awash with emotions he isn’t prepared to deal with and may find that the response from those he has offended will be a quick and reflexive antagonism and resentment. Floundering in the swirling eddy of having gone over-the-top with His usual bravado, Mars is brought up short with the negative and destructive path he seems to be on. Now, Mars truly is a smart cookie and will quickly realize he has to rein in these outrageous outbursts and bombastic actions. There will be some modification as Mars settles uncomfortably into the realm of Cancer. Mars will begin to use the highly subtle and emotional quotient of Cancer to push His agenda forward but with a little more consideration of other’s feelings. Mars has a dust-up with Jupiter after midnight on the 25th enhancing dream states and perhaps inflating an already strong ego, however, meeting up with Neptune on the 26th, we will see how Mars in Cancer can blend with one another in order to find that elusive and spiritual aspect of this evocative and poignant Cardinal Water sign.

Mars in Cancer Love Style — this is always a difficult love style to explain — Mars is not happy in this watery realm, His feelings are either hidden deeply away in the abyss of his soul, or written on his sleeve for everyone to see. Mars is a more sensitive persona herein, but that same sensitivity can make Mars a bit more off-putting when attracted to someone. Not wanting to appear weak or less than macho — Mars dilemma holds him back when wanting to express His deepest emotions. When in the presence of those he finds appealing, He often becomes a bumbler — awkward and unable to say just what he means. Often keeping His distance, he adores from afar and only a very perceptive and discerning person will be able to understand how deeply He feels. If and when that special person can begin a real conversation with this emotional Mars, and they can connect on a soul-level will there will be hope, otherwise, a frustrated Mars love may go unrequited.

Now — on the other hand — is our Mars in Cancer who falls in love deeply and often overwhelms the object of His affection with too much too soon! Everyone knows who He loves, how much He adores them, and why he can’t live without them. If the one He is pursuing isn’t interested, Mars in Cancer can become depressed and disheartened. Perhaps the strangest conundrum here is that because of the Karmic influences associated with the sign Cancer, i.e., Mother/Father, Family, Siblings –– those to whom He is attracted may be a Karmic attraction entailing past-life issues. Some of these attractions may indeed be pay-back problems to be resolved — but Mars is somewhat blinded by the feelings of love that being in Cancer brings into His being. If, however, there is a positive Karmic connection our Mars may find his one and only soul-mate.

I guess the bottom line is that Mars in Cancer folks really have to be aware of their vulnerability in choosing a mate or partner. So much of their persona may be picking up signals in the wrong way — seeing love connections where only friendship is offered, or not speaking out when there may indeed be a soul-mate in the offing,  The best thing a Mars in Cancer can do, is to learn to love him/herself — get to know themselves — and be aware that the biggest choice they may make during this lifetime is about whom they choose to marry. Once connected to their one-and-only — there is a beautiful joining of two souls at a transcendent level. It’s worth working towards this monumental goal, for the lifetime of true love you deserve.

 

 

June’s Astrological Activity — 2017

June opens with a lovely Venus in Aries and Saturn in Sagittarius trine around lunchtime, that can bring people into your life that are helpful, and you also may find someone at work who has noticed your skills and/or your beauty. We all can benefit from such a strong and positive moment in time, if we can learn to work with this ethereal energy, and allow ourselves to consciously accept the highest vibrations of the Universe to guide us on our way.

Here in New England, we are just entering our warm summer months,  which we assiduously seek as we look forward to sunbathing, swimming, camping, and being in the great outdoors, communing with nature. Barbecues, family reunions, the Fourth of July, and simply being able to enjoy New England at its finest. Vacations have been planned, weddings are in the offing, a sense of excitement and relief abound as the weather allows us to get together to reconnect with one another. Each family outing, party or spontaneous day at the pool, brings such joy and a feeling of belonging — to each other, to our species, and to everything beautiful in our world. I cannot explain how each ordinary connection seems so extraordinary as we renew conversations, share our thoughts and cherish each and every singular  moment.

This month the Full Moon in Sagittarius crests at 8:09 AM EST (add one hour for DST) on the 9th at 18 degrees of the sign. The Full Moon is riding high in the sky with Saturn, so some caution is advised when you are out and about. You may find some solace in meditation or spiritual impressions, allow all of your senses to be open to any messages or intuitive thoughts. The New Moon in Cancer will crest on the 23rd at 9:30 PM EST at 2 degrees of the sign, those whose birthdays fall near this date will be starting a new lunar year — bringing a renewal of interest in all things familial and connected with loved ones. Make sure you accept any invitations to gatherings with family and friends — you may find an answer to one of your questions, and find someone who shares your values and traditions.

The first nine days of the month are active with the morning of the 3rd bringing a beautiful trine with the Sun and Jupiter bringing optimism into our lives, and Venus conjunct Uranus bringing a thrill of unexpected excitement. Mars enters the sign Cancer on the 4th — Venus enters the sign Taurus, and Mercury enters the sign Gemini on the 6th until entering Cancer on the 21st! On the 9th Jupiter turns Direct at 13 degrees of Libra — whew — it’s a busy beginning to our fruitful June. We can look forward to a lot of activity and a wonderful season ahead. Jupiter moving forward, will be once again sending out more positive vibes that we can use in order to revive old plans, find new outlets for our inspiration, and on a more practical level — find new furnishings and/or clothing in balance with our lifestyles. You may be enthusiastic about a new idea, a found treasure, or an interesting new acquaintance.

Of course, June heralds the Summer Solstice on the 20th which we may find is more powerful as the Sun in Cancer is closing in on a meeting with quicksilver Mercury at zero degrees on the 21st! We may be too quick to assess a situation, let some time pass until you know all the facts and facets of the status quo. Beware of sharing too much too soon with someone you’ve just met. Still, many aspects will encourage us to take another look at what we want, and the Universe is giving us the go-ahead to renew plans with a more relaxed and optimistic outlook. Work issues should ease a bit over the next few months, and a more vibrant and hopeful atmosphere will ensue.

The Planet Neptune in Pisces will begin Retrograde motion on the 16th of the month continuing until November 22nd — we have a unique opportunity to dig deep into our psyche in order to find our own truths. During this time span it would behoove us to take note of any unusual or extraordinary thoughts, visions, intuitions or dreams that we might have, in order to explore those areas of our inner consciousness that may have previously been unclear. It is Neptune’s way to make us truly desire the honest and simple truth, before allowing us to access the information that will enable us to find our Bliss. Find where Pisces lives in your chart and there will be your enchanted zone whilst Neptune visits therein. I have heard many folks saying lately that they are experiencing vivid dream states, are having more intuition, and some are finding that they have a knack for ESP. Using the gifts of the Universe can help all of us find our truest pathway through this lifetime.

Venus is happy being in Taurus — both love the good life, extravagant pleasures and extraordinary beauty! The caveat here is to be careful not to get too enamored of the “high” life and keep your head firmly on the Earth plane. An occasional luxury or indulgence is usually okay — but remember your budget, and spend accordingly. You don’t want to be saddled with a large credit card debt for something you purchased, but cannot fully use or find was ill-timed.

With Mars in Cancer, we will find more thought and focus on our home and family. When the Sun enters Cancer on the 20th along with Mercury, this scenario is further strengthened. Along with Neptune in Pisces, our entire consciousness will be turned to what we feel our priorities are, what is truly important that will improve our relationships within the family circle. There can be an awakening within all of our higher concepts of what it is to be human. Can we as humans find our way to global compassion, world acceptance, open to all living beings? I guess  my question is — can we humans all be a little more humane, civilized and enlightened? If there is to be any hope in this world — I think the answer must be a mighty yes!

On Sunday the 4th, as Mars enters Cancer, the Sun clashes with Neptune causing some confusion and hesitancy — you may just want to take a long walk to clear your head. On the 9th Venus in Taurus sextiles Mars in Cancer mid-morning, stimulating our senses in seeking out those compatible others we may find interesting and attractive, you may want to say yes to a lunch date. On the 13th Mercury in Gemini and Jupiter in Libra enjoy a special moment at the clock nears the noon hour, conversation is light and breezy, and there are good vibes in the workplace. Later in the evening Mercury is in a snit with Neptune — we may disagree with what someone is saying that sounds false — it might be better to go to bed early. During the morning rush hour on the 15th the Sun and Saturn bump heads so caution is advised, be careful of distracted drivers and try to relax once you’ve gotten into work. The 18th brings a pleasant aspect between the Sun and Uranus in the afternoon — if you’re at a pool party or barbecue the conversation is lively and a capricious atmosphere keeps things lively. On the 21st Mercury conjuncts the Sun in Cancer during the morning hours, perhaps bringing strong emotions out — try to communicate your ideas clearly and without drama. In the wee hours of the 24th Venus and Pluto may pique our dreams and bring some revelation about one of our problems that can prove to be helpful. Mars clashes with Jupiter after midnight on the 25th giving us a restless night where we try to find elusive answers.In the early morning of the  26th, Mars in good aspect to Neptune may help us get by these late night issues and we will intuitively know how to solve the problem — we have to rely on our instincts and the fact that karma plays a role in our lives. After fretting about our decision, on the 27th by dinner time we will be relieved as Mercury trines Neptune and we feel we have handled the situation to the best of our ability. The 28th brings Mercury and Mars into close quarters, hold on to your temper in the early afternoon, especially if someone seems to be needling you for no reason — it’s their problem — not yours. As the month comes to an end, there are undercurrents of distrust and acrimony — it’s our job to rise above any petty or mean-spirited individuals and to bring our own sense of honesty, truth and decency into our own realm.

As the summer months begin to warm and the Sun brings its healing and spiritual rays shining down upon us, we can bask in the knowledge that we know in our hearts that we are on the right pathway throughout our lifetime here on Earth. Living up to our own highest standards can inspire and encourage those who may be wavering in their lives. Remembering all of those who knew the right thing to do — and they persisted!

Peace

 

 

Nature a Perfect Roommate — December 19, 2008 — Jone Victoria

When I lived in an apartment, there were times that I yearned for the Nature Spirits I enjoyed as a kid. I was so fortunate to have spent countless hours as a kid playing in acres of woods across from my home. Sure, there were challenges bringing some element of the outdoors into my cramped little dwelling, but even within the smallest spaces there are solutions to be found.

Feeling Walled In?

If you lease your space, ask your landlord if you can paint the walls. When I lived in New Jersey, my apartment had stark white walls, but I was allowed to paint them, as long as I returned them to the original color upon my leaving. A visit to the craft store for ivy stencils and acrylic paints was the quick fix I needed. I then stippled my way to garden heaven covering the bathroom walls with leaves, tendrils and flowers.

Soaking in a warm, herb scented bath transported me to a place that looked like a magical garden. I placed small potted flowers on every flat surface and larger leafy greens on the floor. At the end of a stressful day the idea of spending a solid hour in the bath with my books and watching the zillion tea lights flicker and throw shadows against the walls of ivy was tranquil bliss.

Windows of Your Mind

If you don’t have the liberty to paint, there are plenty of creative ideas to choose from. When you look out your windows, what do you see? If your vista lacks an expanse of nature or is less than desirable, I found a place today on the internet that may solve this problem for you.  Can you imagine having cathedral stained-glass windows?

Other Suggestions

Buy a bamboo room divider that you can paint or stencil. Use it to create a corner of Sacred Space.

Not using a small utility closet? Take the door off its hinges and create an altar space of all things meaningful to you. Hang up a photograph of nature on the back wall to use as a focal point. Add a zazen bench or zafu for meditation; throw in some plants and incense.Voila! You have your own altar space.

Place a large bowl of beach shells, sea glass, or rocks you’ve collected in your Sacred Space.

Display wonderful things you’ve found, i.e., rattlesnake skins, feathers, unusual tree branches.

Buy a Bonsai plant.

Put up any photographs of nature: corn stalks, seascapes, Mt. Everest, clouds, bushels of apples.

Purchase Sounds of Nature CD’s i.e., tropical rain forest, ocean sounds, thunderstorms. Or play indigenous chanting/songs of power.

String up some Buddhist prayer flags.

Add a Medicine Shield.

Even in a studio apartment there is space for Mother Nature as a roommate.

 

Happy Birthday dear Jone — May 27th — never forgotten — always loved.

As you read this post, you can feel Jone’s need to commune with Nature — we often talked about the Earth and our capacity to be healed with the power of simply breathing in the myriad essences of Mother Nature. Jone actually had a stele (a large upright stone) placed in her front yard, providing a meditation focus and its own earthy vibration. We both were able to feel the ancient energy of those huge stones deep within the ground (the Earth-keepers) — and every time we passed a construction sight that was dismantling these behemoths we were saddened as they were slowly crushed and their primordial spirit was lost and scattered to the four winds.

Jone’s homes always had some area where Nature held sway — a shelf with plants, a nook with stones and shells, Native American Dream-catchers and drums, a photograph of a sunflower or as she mentions — corn stalks. I am privileged to have a huge framed photograph of a sunflower taken by her friend — and also the corn stalks — a smaller photo that seems to hold within it a sprite or djinn — one of the Nature Spirits she so loved. Actually, Jone was able to make wherever she lived her own space. Her vivacious personality and elan overtook any mundane or ordinary area with an inner light and spiritual wisdom. Jone loved the ocean, the woods, any bucolic area where she could commune with Nature was where she found solace, strength, and succor.

I can still imagine Jone with me as I see a beautiful tree, an unusual stone, or just observe the new leaves beginning to blossom in the Spring — I can feel her smiling as she shares these magical moment with me.