Do the gods smile down on us on certain days? Or is it just energy striving for balance? Taking refuge in devotionals to deities

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I had to blog this!  It’s not about astrology or divination or the psychic–actually, today’s post is not my usual fare.

It’s just that I may have broken out of Dante’s inferno.  I had to laugh at the sign at the entrance of this apartment building which reads, “relax now, your home”–but most comical is that the image that accompanies those words is a tropical drink glass.   Alcohol and drugs could help numb the experience of some types apartment living–I do neither. My experience since the current downstairs neighbors moved in has been one in which the sign should read, “Abandon hope ye who enter here”–  which Dante says is written above the gates of hell.

I know,  I know!  Yeah, look–we make our own heaven or hell–don’t preach to the choir.  But sometimes we have a little help one way or the other.  Yesterday the help I received was… well, I wanted to write about it and add that I have also recently retreated into deep devotionals to my most cherished deities.

Wonderful day yesterday!  Was that ‘Life Itself’ balancing out the day-of-frustration from the day before?  No matter; but the gods did seem to smile down up on me in these ways:

started the cool~ish morn with a one hour walk getting out the door early before Lady India downstairs began her usual morning tirade and on my last lap around the ‘complex-ed complex’ noticed not one single body was at the pool.  Really?  So I took advantage by sitting in a poolside lounge chair, shutting down the music playing in my ear (sorry M.J.) and wow, listened to the birds and let the morning breezes whirl around me.

Close to heaven; yet,  the silence could be broken at any moment by the vocal cords of other humans.  It wasn’t–should I grab my suit?

I had just walked an hour and a little swim could be nice as long as it’s quiet…. got home and India was ‘up and at ’em’ –voice boxes fully engaged.  Ahhhh, and that’s Life in the Land of men with wide horizontal striped polo shirts, madras checkered colored shorts and flip-flop zories shoes where the women are women and the men are too!

No matter; I stripped down and grabbed a suit and changed,  and gathered a few things and drove down… yeah, I could walk but every second counts.  Checked the water and the PH and Chlorine levels were rarely perfect but it gets even better!

I swam laps for 27 minutes right down the center of the pool and nearly started to pretend that it was my own private lagoon!  I love imagination!

After the first half hour having the pool to myself I began to fantasize while I swam—maybe all the humans went to another planet? But it was more likely that since school starts tomorrow they’re all busy with those kinds of activities—after all, they’ve had the pool with their screams and cannonballs all summer long!

I began to tire from the 30 minutes of laps so I interspersed arm and leg water resistance exercises between laps–and still had the pool to myself!  I even had time to practice flip turns which is something you really don’t want to do in public if you can help it!

Wow, the gods were really smiling down upon me today!  I then sat in the sun resting from all my exercise—I’d walked an hour and swam for an hour; what more could a girl ask for? Sitting in the sun all alone!  Listening to the birds and the breezes looking at the sky with so much gratitude!

I looked up at the sky and smiled as I saw a cloud that looked like someone running; awesome.  I saw other patterns in the clouds and enjoyed my speculations forgetting all my cares and remembering how cool it was to see the angel at the bottom of the pool!   How’s that?  Well, …

Snow Angel type reflection cast from sun creating shadows while swimming breast stroke
Snow Angel type reflection cast from sun creating shadows while swimming breast stroke

As I swam the breast stroke interspersed with freestyle, and while the sun shone upon the whole affair, I noticed that the movement of the arms in the water and the movement of  the water itself cast a shadow  at the bottom of the pool which looked sort of like those snow angels you make when you lay down in the snow and slide your arms up and down.

Anyway, it was my own private, magical moment and I felt happy and enchanted. 

The rest of my day was peaceful–quiet.  Thank you to the gods who smiled down and all friends of the Light!

PS  yesterday was a rare gift, perhaps from Venus whose gift I’ve had an eye out for as she exited my 1st house to the 2nd.  One awesome gift as she moved through my first house was a 20 pound weight loss; but maybe the final departing gift was one of peace and solitude which I do value so highly.

I’m also hoping my 3rd house transiting Saturn in Scorpio neighbor karma has finally exhausted itself and has completely played out!  It had to be karmic–anything as intense as this neighbor situation has to be karmic!  Their lease is up in January I’m told–everything  must eventually come to an end.

Lightning Strikes and Dreams Turn into Reality – Uranus Station Direct, Saturn trine Neptune July 2013

Lightning Strikes and Dreams Turn into Reality
Lightning Strikes and Dreams Turn into Reality

Uranus is stationing  direct now about to turn direct again and Mercury does the same thing in a few days!  I always think of Lightening Striking (The Tower Card in Tarot) with Uranus.  Most astrologers think of Uranus as the higher vibration of Mercury—I agree.  Electrical storms or electrical technology could get our attention in some way or another right now.  And we had a humdinger of a lightning storm yesterday afternoon—the thunder was so loud the walls and floor shook… a typical Uranus event, lightning strikes! 

Luckily, I left the pool just in time to get back home and unplug the important electronic equipment here and tired from a long swim; I lay down upon the living room floor, feet up, dark clouds enveloping the charged atmosphere and enjoyed the show from Mother Nature, courtesy of Uranus.

Astrology teacher, Kim Marie (AKA Star Lady) says that right now “Emotions continue to be highlighted usually triggered by unresolved family of origin issues.”  I had a discussion with a good friend about that very thing yesterday—i.e. cultural and familial conditioning and the expectations involved. Pluto is opposing a good deal of planets in Cancer right now (Mars, Jupiter, Mercury) and by sign the Sun is involved in that mix.  These are typical summertime themes actually with planets in Cancer. 

Swimming has been high on my priority list – with so many planets in Cancer, the water sign, that’s right on time.  And in my case, these planets are showing up in the area of my life involving ‘community’—the 11th house.  (My swimming is in a ‘community’ pool.) 

INTUITION LESSON:  I’ve noticed that I was hitting the pool at the right times at the start of things and once or twice, not paying attention to my intuition, my arrival coordinated with full lap lanes.  The more anxious I became about getting there in order to secure a swim lane, the more people wanted to share the lane with me.  I was arriving at the pool at totally wrong times!  Yesterday, I went back to “feeling” or “intuiting” when I should leave for the pool and THAT worked out fine.  I was able to swim for over an hour without interruption. Of all people, I should know better than to let that type of concern rule over my intuition.  Generally speaking, when we are relaxed about life and going with the flow (not being restless, nervous or apprehensive) our intuition will guide us without our realizing it is!  Things just seem to work out and we hardly notice—except when they don’t and then we realize (as I did) that we were coming from the wrong mental and emotional space.

REAL WORLD versus DREAM WORLD… that’s another interesting transit happening now (Saturn trine Neptune).  Where does that occur in your chart and how does it play into your natal Saturn and Neptune?  For me, it’s houses 3 and 7 respectfully where the transit occurs, triggering the 12th and 2nd natally.  However it plays out for each of us specifically, generally speaking the imagination or dreams can come into the world of grounded form easily.  Imagine only good things or that which you wish to see brought into the world of form; this is the advice! This aspect will be vital through November; so dream well use your imagination wisely.

PS—this trine of Saturn to Neptune is in the Disseminating phase indicating a high degree of socialization is involved

Handeling Procrastination Tendencies – Tarot Oracle Wisdom and Inspiration from The Magician – Is it a MARS Thing?

Yeah, I’m doing it – no doubt about it! Procrastination! Dude! Maybe it’s a Mars thing—Mars is stationing as it moves ahead direct, pulling us in a new direction. Maybe that’s IT – blame Mars!  I’m nearly at the final mile in my closet projects—close to the finish line and I am resisting the big finish! WHY is that? And what do we do about procrastination tendencies? Why do we do it? Likely the i-ching would give us a deeper answer but I’m going to pull a tarot card instead and the whole time I typed the first half of this sentence, I was mentally reminding myself (at the same time) that I have bills to pay and a bank statement to reconcile. Ugh! Yeah, and here it comes… more. There’s outdoor projects awaiting too; yet here I am at the keyboard with the coffee. Maybe a little clarity will help—thus, let’s shuffle and draw a card!

As I grab for the cards, I think of my brother—you know something? I haven’t heard from him since last we heard that he was returning with the body of his wife to the village where she was born for the purpose of further burial ceremony. She was a native Alaskan… American Indian; but then most Alaskans’ are and the rest are white who exploit (the funeral home in Anchorage certainly did!) or serve unless they are “THE CORPORATION”. From the layman’s perspective and not knowing much about the culture and observing from way outside, I think all of the talk of “The [mighty] Corporation” may have to do with gas or oil or other exploitive conglomerates. Anyway, one of my other family members said that the tribe she’s from is Inuit but this is wrong and her own family told us (via the grapevine which is apparently how all information in the tribe is disseminated) the tribe is Athabascan which later became Navajo and Apache as they migrated south. Sometimes Athab [p]ascan spelled with a P instead of a B and is pronounced that way. They are very scorpion-ic (Scorpio like) similar to the native local’s around here i.e. private and secretive and suspicious of outsiders. Anyway, while I’d like to project/blame my procrastination on my brothers incommunicado—that’d be wrong.

Let me shuffle the cards and see what the tarot oracle may say about my delay tactics and feelings of procrastination today and meanwhile maybe there’s some wisdom to come for you too on those days when you are putting things off.

Another sip of coffee. Shuffle. Well, well, well. What do you know? It’s THE MAGICIAN. Okay, got it; it’s going to be a ‘personal power’ message that we get from the tarot oracle on this. Whenever I look at this card, it makes me think of (forgive me) but witchcraft – you know? Calling on the elements of the North, South, East and West and drawing down the Moon and that kind of thing. It is totally about focusing one’s energy too but it is about calling on help from the forces that be in order to do that. Okay, so much for my initial impressions. What I’ve gotten for myself so far is that in order to get across the finish line with those projects it is important to envision the outcome—use the mind’s eye. That’s what the magician is doing. All we need to stop procrastinating is a little “magic”.

Suddenly I think of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice and that scene where the apprentice puts the brooms and mops to work and then falls asleep only to find he’s created chaos. Anyway, magic. That’s what we need and in order to have it, we call on the big guns. Well, if you’re not a witch or a magician, then what? How about just envisioning the outcome, focusing on the vision and a prayer or two or if that’s not your cup of tea—an affirmation or mantra. How about something like, “I’ve completed my work and it feels so great to have it done.”

The Magician is about creativity and imagination – seeking creative solutions. Visualizations helps with that. And it’s also about the strength of ‘will’….like I said, personal power. “I will do it dammit!” Well, you get what I mean, right? In a way, it’s like the Strength card and also the Chariot but let’s not get lost in more detail—that only puts things off even further. The Magician is assuring us that we have everything we need to get the job done; we just have to focus our desire and will. And most importantly we need the enthusiasm to make things happen—like I said… we just need a little magic. And how does that occur?

Well, how does anything at all occur? Anything that happens in the outer world happens first in the inner world—in the mind! Like I said…. visualization. And earth energy—maybe another cup of coffee or forgive me but maybe something like a 5 hour energy drink (I never had one but saw a commercial the other day) and then there’s always ginseng or ginseng tea.

(pause)

Well, maybe THAT [pause] was in divine timing! I had a call into my daughters and just got a call back. I’d wanted to know how they did in the race this morning—one of my girls and my grandson ran a half-marathon (13 miles) this morning! They’d been training since winter for that. Talk about being inspired… running for 2 hours + straight! Really? And I am being a wimp about finishing my little ole’ minor projects around here! That pretty much does it! I’m good now. What just happened was a total MAGICIAN moment – inspiration!

My two inspiring MAGICIANS!

The MAGICIAN is about holding your position in time and space and remaining in that flow. If they can do a half-marathon, I can certainly plant a few bushes, finish sorting through a few clothes, balance my checkbook and pay a few bills! Let’s master those elements!

ADDENDUM or FINAL THOUGHT:  In my conversation with my daughters, we talked about the finish line and her sisters said that she nearly turned the wrong way near the finish line. 

HO!  do I remember how that goes!!  I ran a 12 mile race once;  they ran 13 miles today… anyway, I remember how people will yell out how much farther to the finish… and how it always seems soooooooooooooo much longer! 

 One race that I recall in particular in which we were told only a quarter of a mile to go… there was a hair pin turn to the left to get to the finish line but when you’re at the end you know you are looking for it and it just seemed to be the longest 1/4 mile I’d ever run!  If you can ‘see’ that finish line, it helps!  

 My daughter and grandson got to the finish line this morning after running for longer than 2 hours straight–and so will I in my own little way!  C’mon!  WE CAN DO IT.  One step at  time; let’s GO!

Have Nagging Worry Over a No-Problem Type of Problem? Obsessing? Intuition or Imagination? Ace of Swords

My question for the Oracle today has to do with those occasions when we may obsess or worry over something even though we have done all we could and there is no certainty that our worry is based in reality.  What I’m talking about is realizing that we’re still concerned or worried about something even though people assure us that there’s no real problem.  Wow!  Talk about illusion and delusion and the mind messing with reality!  If you can relate to this, maybe we can work through this together in this blog post.

Let’s say we’re hearing a sound from somewhere, from something mechanical or technological.  What does that sound mean?  Know what I mean?  Is my attention being drawn to a sound because my intuition is telling me that I need to resolve it?  Or should I believe people who want to tell me its nothing? Do you know what I mean?  It doesn’t have to be a sound–it can be anything we keep thinking about in nervous ways.  Sound can trigger it, but it doesn’t have to be associated with it.  Our thoughts don’t really need very much at all to trigger them  into running on that repetitive mental treadmill that can waste our time and energy.

The thing that troubles me is that our intuition can sometimes be right – we get that nagging feeling that something is wrong even though people tell us that there’s no real problem.  Yet, we still can’t seem to let it go!  Know what I mean?  We have that particular something bugging us and it is illusive and we can’t really nail it down exactly—try as we do!

I’ve got something like that going on in my life.  I realize that I can be obsessive sometimes and when there’s a problem on the horizon, I’m the first one to take those precautions or do what is necessary.  In other words, I’ve learned the hard way that if you tend to ignore those first signs and symptoms of a problem without “nipping it in the bud” (as the saying goes), you can be sorry down the line.

If you hear a thumping in your tire, best get it checked before you have a flat in the wrong place at the wrong time!  Know what I mean?

Recently, my computer seems to be making a noise, a hum, like something is downloading but it may only be a noisy fan.  In fact the laptop’s health monitor shows the fan speed at 63% every time the noise is heard.

I thought widows was running updates and something got stuck in a cycle and so I stopped windows from automatically updating which enabled a virus and then I had to reinstall the whole operating system to factory settings!

I was disappointed to hear the fan downloading noise again after I reinstalled everything.  The Toshiba tech support people tell me that everything is normal and okay but they seem to be placating me and I’m thinking something is wrong with this fan!  Was it like this when I got it?  I don’t think it was, but I can’t be certain.

So am I worrying about nothing at all?  And if I continue, am I going to cause myself more problems?  What should I do about this?

What advice does the oracle have for handling these types of situations when we’re told nothing is wrong but still we have that nagging feeling inside?

Shuffling the cards….  But as I shuffle, I’m thinking how I’ll never buy another Toshiba product!  Next time I make the hour and a half drive to an area of civilization outside of these mountains to meet my daughter for lunch, I’ll take it into Best Buy and ask the Geek Squad to listen to it and give their opinion. And as I shuffle the laptop hums, sounding like it’s downloading but the task manager shows nothing is running… and the health monitor indicates it’s the fan speed.  Still!  It bugs me!  What does the oracle say? 

ACE OF SWORDS!  Clarity of mind; cutting through the confusion.  This card symbolizes the expansion of thoughts, illumination and enlightenment.   The flip side of this archetype or the opposite polarity is nervous thinking or excessive thinking. 

Totally so!  Seems like I go back and forth between these two polarities.  I just called Square Trade to ask if a new fan would be covered by my extended warranty and after a discussion with the gentleman who was very nice, it seems what my laptop computer is doing is par for the course—normal.  I get to feeling this is truth and then vacillate back into the nervous thinking about it.

No.  The computer doesn’t sound or act like it did when it was brand new!  And it shouldn’t.  It’s a year and a half old after all and in computer year’s maybe that’s mid-life, who knows?  My computer is already going through a mid-life crisis?  Well, I just googled this and found this quote:  “A recent study by a company that sells extended warranties on electronic items found that approximately 1/3 of all laptops will no longer function after three years due to either mechanical failure or accidental damage.”

(  My computer is having a mid-life crisis!  LOL  )

And from the Square Trade report, it also says ASUS and Toshiba laptops failed just over half as frequently as HP, which makes them a solid bet in terms of reliability.  Here’s the link: http://www.squaretrade.com/htm/pdf/SquareTrade_laptop_reliability_1109.pdf

Well, that makes me feel a little better since I have a Toshiba.  I just need to ‘GET OVER’ the sound of the fan!  And release the nervous mind around this.  Like I’ve always said, “Knowledge is power”.  I’m going to get some air spray (compressed air) and spray it into the vents of the laptop and then try to forget about it.  Get used to it in other words—just like I have to get used to the farmer-fud muggle across the way with his tractor mower sound that invades my living room!  My temporary solution to that last one is to play recordings of dharma teachings very loudly to drown out the sound.  Every problem has a solution.

Back to the oracle Ace of Sword for a moment—swords are about action, taking action.  Making the phone call, using google, talking to people, collecting the knowledge which is power—all that is taking action and that is the advice.

Do what you can to figure out possible solutions and then when you are told enough times that all is well or at least you learn that the issue is normal for the circumstance, this helps to balance out the thinking.

It’s Normal.  In this case, drown out the sound!

When I have my Buck stove fireplace heat blower operating in the winter time, it drowns out the sound of the computer fan.  When the muggle mows, the Dalai Lama, Ponlop Rinpoche or Lama Yeshe’s Dharma Talks drown out the invasive racket in the room.  And when I drive my car and hear the sound of my struts, I crank up the radio!  At first, the strut sound bothered me—just a bit of creaking noise when driving slow over uneven surfaces.  I had 3 different mechanics check it out and was told by all that the struts did not need replacing yet and for that little bit of unnerving sound, it’s not worth the expense at this time.  Knowledge is power; once the sound was identified, I could block it out or turn up the radio!  I never even notice the strut creaking sound anymore–unless I focus on it!    Strange isn’t it?   Blocking can be a beautiful thing when used at the right time for the right purpose!

I live on a fairly busy (for a country highway anyway) road.  Oh, nothing like an Interstate or even a city road–busy for around here is what I mean.  When I first moved here, I thought the noise of the traffic going by was going to bother me but I made up my mind right away to feel comforted by the sound of people going by assuring me that I was never alone.  I barely ever notice the traffic since.  The only thing I notice is that Sunday’s are quieter but otherwise, the cars or trucks going by hardly register in my attention at all.  Mind over matter as they say!   I think, therefore, that any distracting sound can comfort if you program it that way.

The Ace of Wands is about unbiased thoughts and clarity of mind like I said and its archetype also relates to acceptance of energy.   The oracle is saying, “Have a cup of chamomile tea and forget about it.”

And while you are sipping your tea, reflect on the big picture.  Laptops are middle age when they are a year and a half old, autos that are 8 years old start to creak a bit when the fitting between the struts and the boot wears, and muggles mow… all summer long, they mow!  I’m going to be so familiar with Dharma Teachings that I may reach enlightenment before the fall.  And soon I hope to be able to say, “What sound coming from my laptop?”

PS–   ” I have made this letter longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter. ”  —Blaise Pascal