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Grand Cross – April Eclipses: Sometimes we have to body surf the waves in the ocean of life and trust the divine plan and divine intevention

body-surfDivination:  Keeping the big picture in mind; that’s always best when the going gets tough.  I’ve heard from people lately about that very thing–tough going.  Or in some cases, no going.   The universe (Life Itself) seems to work always to maintain balance and harmony–to reduce excess and fill emptiness.  Think about your life; don’t you see how that is true?

Sometimes we have to just keep our energy moving even when it doesn’t make full and complete sense.  We do it anyway because on some level we trust there’s a divine plan, a bigger picture, a state of balance that is being reached somehow–and we know we’re a part of that and when we keep moving we’re in harmony with that mystery.

No matter how hard we work to secure our place in the world, the possibility exists that we can suffer a loss or experience opposition from any number of sources.  We can’t always totally escape reality, but we can adjust our inner responses to external circumstances.  

There are times (we all have them) when we’re tempted to roll belly-up in defeat.  Yet, we don’t do it.  We work with whatever arises in the moment the best way we can; we persevere as we roll with the waves.  Let’s face it; sometimes waves become so large and overwhelming that all we can do is point our body in the right direction and roll with them and then see where we are before the next one comes.  Yeah, we body surf if you know what I mean.

It’s true that in our lives we don’t always have control of everything in every moment.  Who or what does if not us?  Whatever it is that accounts for Divine Intervention–that;s what does, ultimately.  All we can do is work in harmony with it best we can–and sometimes that means we have to body surf even when we’ve temporarily lost sight of the shore, we trust the waves are going in the right direction.  Big breath, face down and let ourselves be moved!

Removing excess and filling emptiness–that’s what’s going on!  Hang in there!  Choose to keep the energy moving and what seems apparently insurmountable right now will be conquered!  Keep the energy moving, let go where you can, and cling only to trust and faith!  Let the waves handle the rest!

PS — times of increase will return to balance out decrease; that’s Life and that’s how the universe works.  We reap the rewards of abundance when we function from a willingness to share.  When we support others, we too are supported.


What do you need to survive? Venus in Pisces conjunct Neptune–the need for water

WATER FROM WELLSome say life is a constant struggle to better our chances for survival. That its a law just like birth and death. I’m not sure I’d use the word struggle but I do see some truth in that.

I’ve seen people who have so much want more; and in some ways (it’s all relative, I suppose) that’s me too. I think the word survival may be defined differently by each person.  What do we need to survive?

Our water went out last night and everybody in town is having to boil water today. There’s a survival need if there was one–sort of like that book,  CYBER STORM, that is going to be a movie.  In that scenario there was snow to melt.

Two ladies at the pool today said that they also had a boil water warning but not from the water main break.  Rather it was because someone stole the computer that regulated the pressure and water levels in the well that a number of people rely on.

What’s with the water situation lately?  Venus moved into Pisces a few days ago; shall we point the finger there?  Pisces, after all, is a water sign and Venus is getting pretty cozy (within 3 degrees of orb) with Neptune, the ruler of Pisces itself.  Venus, it is said, regulates recognition of our personal needs and desires.  Who said?  my astrology teacher.  Anyway…

To survive:  to persist, to succeed, to outlive an event, to go on and to outlive the problem or issue at hand.  What’s the problem or issue at hand?  Life Itself?  Is Life a problem to survive?

How do we better our chances of survival? (or better our chances to flourish)?   I think that’s what motivates many people each day.  What do you think?

Most people want to flourish and others are happy to survive; and then there are those that define surviving in terms of flourishing.  Just sayen’–or rather asking, as a contemplation, a meditation.

We need water to survive because we depend on it to keep our bodies hydrated. Our bodies are made up of between 50% to 70% of water and amazingly our brains comprise over 80% water. It is therefore obvious that we need to take water to keep our bodies functioning. We can only live several days without it; if lucky, up to 5 days if you’re in good shape–or so they say. 

 


The Grand Cross April 2014 It’s a Season of Astrological Weather and Everyone’s Affected

astrological weatherPeople with natal (birth) planets in CARDINAL SIGNS (Aries/Libra, Cancer/Cap) that are close to 15° in their birth chart are going to be most affected personally by this months intensification of the Cardinal Cross.

I’m one of those lucky folks (rocking my 2nd house); it is the same with my oldest daughter.  In another daughter’s chart, it’s hitting her natal Pluto and NN combo and yet another daughter has the grand cross really affecting the area of her Ascendant; so all of  my daughters are being affected by this grand cross because their natal houses have planets in those signs at those approximate degrees, just like mine.

I have to cringe a bit when other people shrug, smile and say something like, “I don’t think astrology works for me–because in my life things are rolling along just fine and actually better than ever, thank you”.    They probably don’t have natal planets in in those degrees in those signs, but everyone is going to be affected in some way, if not so personally, on a community, city, state, national or global level. 

And if your personal life is not deeply affected, it may be affected by someone else’s life who “is” deeply affected personally by this grand cross energy–in which case, you are still impacted in some way. I’ve always admired the way astrologer Steve Forest drives the point home with words.  In his recent newsletter, he wrote:  “Push comes to shove. Breaking points are reached. Crisis reigns. Squares and oppositions are exactly like the sound your engine eventually makes when you’ve decided to ignore the little red oil light on your dashboard. And the reasons are exactly the same: at squares and oppositions, bad behavior catches up with us. The law of consequences reigns.”

I’m not sure its all ‘bad behavior’ like Steven says; but then, he’s more of a master of astrology and myself the apprentice.  I think karmic situations are triggered–certainly and cause us to “work on our stuff” because that crisis energy helps us to see ourselves more clearly.  The cardinal energy is pretty stubborn stuff in our psyches’ and sometimes a bit of a crisis helps to move things along where we may have held on or been resistant.  It can move things along in a very positive way.

Maybe it’s the optimist in me but I can see that’s exactly what is happening in my life–moving things along in a direction that I’d not have (without that crisis push) taken.  But the direction is positive–or that’s how it looks from this point in time anyway.

DESCRIBING THE FEEL OF THE ENERGY:  Cardinal energy goes outward and then withdraws taking two steps forward and one step back and I must say that’s how a lot of energy in my own life has felt–very cardinal!   The energy sort of reaches out for freedom and then steps back for security and containment. AND with cardinal energy there can be a lot of projecting onto others instead of being responsible for one’s own emotions.  Holding other people responsible for one’s own happiness is an example of projection.

Using Steven Forests’ example of the red oil light on the dashboard you ignore right before you “blow a rod” and destroy your engine…. let’s say that if you’re in bumper-to-bumper traffic and somebody else’s light comes on in their dashboard, their engine cuts out and doesn’t restart, you’re going to be affected anyway–maybe not directly, but indirectly.  AND, I might add, in a way that’s in divine order for you too!   The universe is magical that way–everybody gets what they need to evolve in one way or another.

Astrology can be vastly complicated or quite literal and simple.  There’s so much to be said about the dynamics of the Grand Cross and it has been — just Google the term.

I like the way Steve Forest puts it all.  Why re-invent the wheel (especially when I’m supposed to be packing right now–best get at it, chop! chop!)

Therefore, I refer you to Steve’s newsletter for more.

 


Disengage Stress, Fear, Anxiety by Knowing the Nature of Reality and other Spiritual Tools

LotusHow do you feel when you think that thought?  Then why think it?  Or is it thinking you?  Even Byron Katie (the great truth teller who essentially teaches Buddhism or  the study of the nature of reality– i.e. “all is thought and attachment”) talks about thoughts thinking themselves.

I love the “meeting them halfway” with understanding quote attributed to Katie who said,

“I don’t let go of my thoughts—I meet them with understanding. Then they let go of me.”    I really appreciate her teachings and discussions called THE WORK. 

One way to meet them with understanding is to nurture the self that is harmed by them and another is to (as Katie says) question them because in that you question the nature of reality, and just the questioning loosens the grip we have on “the story” as she calls it.

The link below will take you to an interview that I did a few weeks ago where we (Stevie- Sparks Press and I)  discussed some of these very things:

http://www.joystarpsychicastro.com/audio-interview/

You are not alone, neither am I; we all go through these up’s and down’s; forgetting momentarily and remembering.  There’s THE WORK and then various other spiritual tools that we discuss one audio (link above).

Here’s another little blurb that just came into my inbox today; this (quote below) links to these same themes about the nature of reality.  In fact, in the blog post below this one as I discuss my fears (let’s be real, we all have them.  Like Katie says,

“A thought is harmless unless we believe it. It’s not our thoughts, but the attachment to our thoughts, that causes suffering.”  And that’s Buddhism 101.

And another way to express it all is like this little line that arrived in my inbox from tut.com, who writes a message from “THE Universe”,

” The next time you feel really hurt, really angry, or really, really upset, and you’re sure that even I have been violated, shaken, and humbled, quick, check and see if the sky is any less blue, the sun any less radiant, the birds have stopped singing, or the flowers have lost their scent.” 

Try the link above to the interview for practical earthy tools to use when we “think that thought” and begin to believe it or it infiltrates us without our knowing causing that panic, anxiety and mental crisis.  We talk a wee bit about astrology on the above audio too.


My Grand Cross April 2014 Freedom | Housing | Family | Power

photo Joy with Grandchildren

Joy with Grandchildren this past weekend

Yeah, really? seriously?  Wasn’t I just changing babies diapers the other day?  How could this be happening to ‘me’?  I don’t think of myself this way but being the good girl scout, looking ahead to be prepared, I see myself doing just what my own mother (God rest her soul–as they say) did when she was… well, yeah, I think right about my same age.  She found herself a place to live with others of her generation on her limited income and (cat out of the bag here), I’m doing the same thing right now.  I’m too early and way too young for this right?  Probably not; but LO! it’s taxing filling out all those forms and trying to figure it all out.  Which way to go? Which decision to make, while at the same time feeling completely at the mercy of the odds.  There’s not many ways to go actually. You just fill out the forms and pray you can manage until you move up on the list–and until the odds are in your favor, try to survive.

“May the odds be ever in your favor”–Hunger Games.

Well, anyway Cancer Capricorn is part of that grand cross with Aries Libra.  Yeah, there are the planets in those signs of course but let’s just think a minute about Capricorn/Cancer.  Sort of strange how those merge isn’t it? Capricorn (age) and Cancer (the baby/the child).

Isn’t it as we age that we become more childlike?  Think of (oh, do we have to?) those “adult day care centers”–I can’t believe they actually call them that!  That’s a perfect example of the merging of Capricorn (old) and Cancer (baby).  I just realized that just typed “old baby” and I’m about to gross myself out here and maybe you too reader!

And of course wouldn’t you know this grand cross is triggering my 5th and 11th houses and the 2nd and 8th.  Issues with the community, with my children, with my money and the money of others.  Yeah, that’s how it’s all playing out in my life–those areas are being triggered.

And it’s culminating, about to hit the fan as the saying goes.  Well, eventually I’m going to need some help and so I’m lining it up here–that’s just me facing old age even though I kick my legs and swing my arms in the pool as often as I can to stay young.  Yet, I’m falling into my mother’s footsteps to find a community of people my age where income is adjusted to what’s fair and reasonable.  I’m not like these younger adults with  a big corporate entity backing me up with a big paycheck every week; it’s just me out here mother/father god; just little ole’ me.  And maybe I’m delusional but I do deeply believe that I am employed by that unseen force that helps me to help others when I do psychic readings, counseling and astrology.  I’ve got a few calls into the ‘big boss’ if you know what I mean.

Meanwhile, I see some synchronicity–well, a good bit of it if I’m going to be fair in my blogging accounts.  I found out about help that came about in just that way serendipity, coincidence or whatever you’d like to call it–the path was shown and I’ve been following it and getting more and more direction and information.  So, I’m being led even though I see several possible outcomes, as if yet there’s no indication as to which one will manifest.  I’m, therefore, in the trust phase; and they don’t call it blind trust for nothen’!

It’s triggering that Aries/Libra thing too (Mar in Libra opposing Uranus in Aries).  I don’t like to ask for help and I want to remain independent and that’s hard especially as we are dealing with my money and other people’s money:  houses 2 and 8.  That’s the other part of the grand cross.

Wanting to be independent and yet needing to ask children and community–why? because I’m getting old and that’s still a hard one to admit since, like I said–it was just the other day that I was the mom of three little girls!

Yeah, and wanting to be rescued is part of that dynamic too.  Right now would be a good time for prince charming to ride in with saddle bags of money or at least a big house!  Not going to happen:  I know my astrology chart pretty well.  Even if it did, I’d very likely be held prisoner and Mars and Uranus would be totally pissed off about that!

For me the dynamic of this Grand Cross is kicking up some family issues and the realization of aging, housing, money for housing (Cancer — Jupiter [money]  in Cancer [home]) and family/freedom issues.  Echoes of my natal node’s soul lessons  actually–what else is new?

And looking up and out the window now I see the most beautiful sunset; the bright pink-orange with the dusty blue-purple.  And I think of the word Trust again and take a deep breath.  I will know which direction I’m going (or if I’m not going at all) by the time I need to know.

Breathing deeply, feeling so alone in this but remembering I’m not.

I’ve got a partner in spirit world helping and I don’t do anything alone.  Neither do you reader–we’re not alone, we have helpers and guides showing us the next step or keeping us from stepping at all. 

Blind trust; that’s all we need.  Again. And don’t expect anyone to be able to really understand; in fact, don’t seek to be understood–not this month.  Mars and Uranus are very independent and their both very active right now!  Just breathe.

(By the way, they [more adept astrologers than me] say this transit will stay intense through May.  That’s when I must decide about renewing my lease–not surprised about the timing.)


Tool of the psychic: Rhodolite for channeling, meditation and intuition

Rhodonite Collage ImageRhodonite, sort of like Garnet–I love stones!  (crystals)  My mother did too.  She’d often pull along side the road to pick up a stone to examine the treasure closely.  My brother and I got used to the feeling of the car jerking over to the shoulder of the road—bump, bump, bump.  She’s going to get (yet) another stone@!  Part of my childhood that drew my attention to them in the first place. She was as excited (or more) than the rest of the world about the Moon Rock that the astronauts brought back with them, eventually making the trip to see it at the Smithsonian.  Actually touching a real Moon Rock–huge!  Anyway, thanks mom for reminding me of my connection with rocks and crystals at such an early age–she was a rock hound for sure!

Like many others, Rhodolite is thought to help with intuition and aiding with meditation and channeling.  I’m revisiting the crystal kingdom and realizing that many of my personal collection of crystals aid with the psychic work that I do–tools of the trade.  I was drawn to the crystal to purchase — or did the crystal select me like the wand chooses the witch or wizard.  Moot point really.  Anyway, my crystal book says that rhodonite is known as “the stone of inspiration”.  Every psychic should own one!

PS–don’t mistake rhodonite for rose quartz because of the pink color (some people do); rhodonite usually has gray with it.


Crystal Divination – Hematite for grounding into the body, making peace with it

Image HemititeImage HemititeI got to thinking today about all of us on Earth here in a body and specifically about how it is when the body simply can’t do what you’d like it to anymore or at any time really if it’s temporary.  Forgive me; it’s just that  I saw a picture of my X-husband today and it sort of freaked me out.  Am I going to look like that in 11 years?  (He’s got 11 years on me.)

I wanted to swim today and (due to some type of body betrayal–the flu? what is it? cleansing? clearing?) turns out it was a no-swim day.  Oh, how I wish that I had a pool of my very own in my very own yard that could be used when and however; but alas, it’s the YMCA for me!  Oh, please. Don’t misunderstand, I’m so grateful.  The thing I’m writing about is my thought of inclusion, everyone, the Buddhist prayer that starts with, “May all beings be …. ” and then usually we hear happy or free of suffering after that.

Whatever the experience is for me, there’s never a feeling of being alone with it because there is a global understanding that there are others who also have this same frustration, worry or suffering just like me.  Of course, then there’s a feeling immediately like “Oh, yes, let me help those over there…” which prompts my own internal mantra that goes something like, “may all those who are not able to do what they would like to do right now feel the love and support of Life… and so on”.

Yeah, sometimes it is disappointing–Life.  But there always others who suffer equally or worse and we think of them and we become liberated ourselves.

I feel like drawing a card… doing a divination… about this.  No, let me draw a crystal.  Which stone can help us when we feel frustrated because our body won’t do what we’d like it to do.  Oh, well look here!  I drew Hematite out of the bowl.  Good ole’ Hematite… for grounding!   And Hematite helps you to sort thing out in your mind.

I’ve heard it told that if someone has a fever, you can place hematite on the head to cool the body, draw out the heat.  Personally, I’ve never tried that.

Hematite facilitates the attainment of peace and inner-happiness–that’s what my crystal book says and that sounds good.

Hematite kind of helps you to ground in the body and be okay with it — in whatever state it’s in.  Hematite is also thought to support your goals and intentions.

Personally, this stone has always made me think of water… but then today, everything seems to do that.  I can’t help it that when this body hits the water and begins the swim that I feel like an eagle in the sky!

(I know how that feels; I drank eagle essence once.  Don’t ask.)

Maybe I can swim tomorrow.

Meanwhile, may we all ground into our physical bodies (no matter the condition) and make peace with it… and may all beings without exception experience happiness and the causes for happiness and may that expand in their experience.

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