Rhodonite, 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.
The Older Spiritual Warrior and Virgo Sun mid-degrees intensifies character formation to refine identity
–AND– dealing with obnoxious people
–ALSO– Inner Patterns and Emotional Work Redefining Character and Re-evaluating Spiritual Warrior Energy
In reading a book by a Buddhist monk recently therein was a reference to the energy of frustration, aversion and yes that other uncomfortable “a” word, anger, relating to a dog that you tell to “Stay!”
Being in the center of the fire–the flame–is also used as an example. We want to strike back, react, seek safety and security in either fight or flight types of reactions.
I’ll tell you what helps with this—being an old warrior (such as me). The temptation to fight and react is there but one finds the opponent or that which incited the emotion to be totally not worthy and many times that adversary (the source of the anxiety, aversion or anger) is actually downright laughable.
It’s just that one remembers the foes and enemies that were fought and conquered in the past and suddenly one can tell the inner dog whose lips are drawn back, teeth showing poised to attack to “sit!” and to “stay!”
Self-discipline and inner-mastery cannot be achieved by shelling out dollars to have someone do it for you—obviously this type of discipline and mastery is achieved only through one’s own personal efforts.
And what comes to mind is that line from whatever movie that was: “Are YOU talking to me?” Let me save my breath for my creative endeavors, pursuits and the enjoyment of the life that remains.
I’ve learned to step away from obnoxious humans and move toward the gentle, peaceful side of life as often as possible—it takes focus to deal with obnoxious humans. I’d rather use my efforts engaging in creative and enjoyable activities. Who needs to or better yet wants to be telling the energy within to “stay!”—there’s no longer a need or desire to prove warrior energy or self-mastery once a certain level is reached.
It’s a fairly mild day here today with the clouds covering the sunshine presently. There are a number of activities that I have in mind for my afternoon. The Sun is at the mid-point of Virgo now while Mercury is reaching its final degrees through Virgo.
Blain Bovee, in his Sabian Sage Forecast, wrote that the major themes of this degree of the Virgo Sun illumines character formation and themes of doing deep inner work on emotional patterns to refine identity occur. I totally feel the truth to that.
I was having a lunar return around the time that my downstairs neighbors began to heave their hearty voices and slam the walls after midnight last night. I had all the white noise going too! Honestly! I told the dog to “stay”–we were both too tired–and I pulled the pillows closer to my ears and turned over. Again they were at it this morning with the yelling and banging and then I laugh with the Universe remembering all the important battles that I’ve fought and won and how unworthy it would be to give this notice. Again, I say, “Stay!”
Obnoxious, nasty humans getting you down? Tell the emotions this way: “Stay!” (And then take the resulting inner power and “walk away” from those obnoxious people however and whenever possible.) If you can’t do that, turn on the music (mp3 players and ear buds help!) or squeeze the pillows tighter to your ears, find the tunnel of light and let yourself drift in and sleep!
There are so many helpful phrases from the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva AND various Lojong Training Phrases that could be called upon here with this post –once one’s had that training, sometimes just one word and in this case for me lately, keeping it real and simple, the word “stay!” says it all.
Who I AM is really quite like that image of the lone fairy on the beach there.
I am here alone, was born alone and will die alone—as we all do. My work is the same way—I work alone and my work is my own creation and I say that with a grain of salt because my work is in harmony, I feel, with higher forces under whose guidance the psychic course was created. And from scratch mind you. If you have an independent entrepreneurial nature too, then you will relate to my story.
I had minimal training and then through the force of life found myself with $6 in my pocket and no money in the bank, no credit and only my car and one small suitcase. And it was from that level that I began to do readings to support myself and to keep the wolves away from my door, so-to-speak.
It is channeled—the whole thing and it is a creation of a bare, pure spirit turned to the Moon and Stars and Night Sky for help and guidance and inspiration. That last word is the best—inspiration. I breathed in the Moon, Stars and Sky and the psychic course came out because it was created from my own journey and my own life experiences woven through and through.
It has been online available to nourish others who seek it out while the income continues to support me and keep the wolves away from my door—a door that I am grateful to live behind and for which I am ever grateful. Shelter, clothes, food and the basic essentials and the ability to keep sharing as inspiration comes to me—this is the cornerstone of my life.
I love my work and the ability to communicate with students who come to the course and need questions answered. The course stands alone and stands for itself, just as I do and there’s nothing to change or add but I do nurture its growth somewhat by writing a weekly newsletter to support the students and also for the general public.
The Moon and Stars and Sky still inspire me in this way; yet I’m called in an additional direction for the past… well, since my last astrologically progressed New Moon (January 2008). And that direction is astrology itself. Just last night, in fact, while revisiting Brady’s book on Transits and Progressions, I saw notes I made in the margins dating back to 2007. Really? I was a bit surprised at how long I’d been studying astrology! I began to get more or less serious about it when I bought Brady’s book and a number of others at that time; yet my study of astrology goes back even further. It is said that whatever is started at the new moon represents that next 28 to 29 year phase and that there’s no going back to anything after the New Moon projects are begun—and they seriously began then.
The psychic class is fully established and growing in popularity and perhaps because of this people who want to jump in and on the bandwagon seem to be crawling out of the woodwork lately. I’ve had solicitations from people who want to advertise on my website, others who want to personally mentor my students and take over the group to practice their leadership skills (Really? Go get your own group!) and by the way can you imagine that? And there are others who want me to take all my students and hire them to work for me and make money off their labors and oh, by the way those others will take commission and I just turn over my creations to them. Are you kidding me? And then we have those who want to be my personal secretary and write my newsletters for me and take my calls and schedule my appointments—you can’t be serious!
(More on this later but Neptune transiting through my 7th House –and that will make sense for those familiar with astrology.)
Strangely, it feels like I’ve been in this place before where the vulchers come to feed off my creations. It all shows up in my various charts—return charts as well as transits and progressions—the same theme is there right now.
On a soul level, the polarity point to my Pluto is the 6th house and this area of life relates to using discernment or not being blindly trusting that everyone’s intentions are wholly altruistic – a mistake in naiveté that I’ve made in past life associations.
Anyway, getting current…. combining intuitive faculties with soul astrology is where I am being called to put my energy in addition to renewing relationship connections with my family since my relocation.
The psychic class is my most joyful creation aside from my children—both of which originate from beyond my meager personal existence of which I am only a part but all do bear my name. And speaking of bear (or bears), I’ve had the bear totem showing up everywhere in my life lately but then again the Sun is making a conjunction to my natal Pluto right now and that combo sort of reminds me of bear energy.
Mama bears protect their babies the same way that I feel protective about my reputation, career and creations in the world—it’s an ‘energy thing’ if you get my meaning. So I’ve got to keep an eye out for those vulchers who seem to be everywhere lately.
Rob Hand (famous astrologer) talks about Nefarious Neptune in the 7th house of what the old astrologers call “the house of open enemies” as people who try to deceive you and/or misrepresent themselves. Yeah, well, let’s not be paranoid but by the same token let’s not be blind to that possibility either. When Neptune crosses through the 7th, one must use care not to be duped by others if you know what I mean; that’s all I’m sayen’. And according to Rob, avoid partnering up with anyone.
I’ve never been one to partner up with others anyway except for my 20 year marriage; but even in that, with Aquarius on the cusp of the 7th (and yes, his Sun was in Aquarius), I was still pretty much a loner even in the marriage. I’m independent and respect others who are independent as well–he was.
I love teaching and helping others but I don’t wish to partner up with anyone in my work or in my personal life and that’s how I’m wired and I don’t resist my own nature.
Yeah, so anyway this is a blog and blah, blah, blah here I go again using this as a place to vent a bit. But the deeper motivation with this blog is to explain myself – even if it seems that I am trying to explain me to my self (and maybe that’s so) it is this that motivated this post today.
Well, it was the picture of the fairy that motivated me along with the recent patterns with my work that I’m noting and responding to the best I can.
And with that said, I’ll bet many of you entrepreneur-types who come across these words and who have created your own work, your own niche, will get where I’m coming from.
And just so that the rest of you know, we are not selfish and we are not snobs and we care deeply and what we do is our soul, our blood, and yes sweat and tears and before I start singing songs again…
♫ “… spinning wheel got to go round… ♫catch a painted pony, let the spinning wheel spin… ♫you got no money, you got no home, spinning wheel, spinning all alone… ♫ —See? There I go again!
Let me end this with a post that I made on the Facebook today that, I feel, says it all…..
I am a dance teacher (in a way) and I love the dance and I love to dance and I love to see other people dance and the dance is what I’m all about but…
“Do the dance that you’ve been shown until the dance becomes your very own. Meanwhile, get off my toes!” –Joy Star, said with humor and love!
TODAY (7/4) Mercury sextiles Venus –>communication issues of the past could be featured in a big way as each person examines their own needs and values today. Harmonious conversation and interaction is generally desired however.
Mercury also trines Uranus –> Thoughts can easily wander into to the subconscious mind areas and these could include childhood issues of being in a body as a child. Also this aspect can enhance one’s intuitive nature and messages from spirit can filter through today without much effort, stay aware. 🙂 Inventive energy comes from the easy pathway from these two planets.
Also, Venus sextiles Uranus today –> Unusual or bold communications could happen, but for the most part people will likely want to break away or break free in order to determine their own needs for harmony and rest and they will likely tell you about it! An idea may come to you out of the blue for a creative project today or this week! Explore it–it comes from a level of mind where inspirations live! 🙂
May these astrological alignments in the heavens and thus the psyche enhance your day today!
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.
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!
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!
The sum is greater than the parts. But boy-O-boy don’t we worry about those parts? I’ve had a bit of elbow pain which started from overuse of the hand/arm during the summer and it’s easy to lose perspective when it rains or gets cold. You know how it goes, we can either focus on the one negative thing or look at the bigger, overall picture which represents the positive. In this example, yes the elbow may hurt and if I focus upon that alone, it will magnify in my experience. Yet, if I see my whole body which contains very good levels of health, the elbow is put in proper perspective—meaning that I can cope with it, not letting it immobilize me! It’s all relative no matter what we’re dealing with; we can allow it to overtake us or we can keep it in perspective. So this elbow example is part of how I’m seeing to interpret the message of Kua 45-Joining today. That I-CHING hexigram message has to do with ‘gathering together’ and relates to the phrase which begins this paragraph, “The sum is greater than the parts”. In what area of your life can you apply this idea today?
Our Life Journey Itself creates certain wear and tear as it demands perseverance through hard times or difficult experiences. Bumps and bruises along the way with sad tears and shadows are all part of the human experience on this 3rd planet from the Sun; but we must keep the ‘sum of the whole’ in mind during those times.
Seeing the unity of our life during the temporary difficult issues or suffering by remembering the good times and the future hopes and expectations will help to widen the picture. And like me with my elbow, put it into proper perspective. This makes it bearable and keeps us from letting life (our thoughts and emotions about it) get out-of-hand.
The Earth Itself is this way too if you think about it. We may see areas of earth where destruction has taken place—perhaps a forest fire that leaves its scar on Earth Mother’s face, but if we stand back and see the whole of the Earth, we see the undeniable beauty.
This doesn’t mean that we should not put out the forest fire, deal with the issue at hand in practical ways and in the case of my elbow, avoid treating it with a pressure wrap for support, an anti-inflammatory (or Reiki healing). Do what is practical while at the same time view difficulties as simply a part of the whole of life. Keeping the whole in mind is an optimistic measure to embrace while we deal with the part—whatever that part may be.
In my humble experience, meditation helps in being able see the unity, the wholeness, which aids in putting life in a balanced perspective. Water travels for hundreds of miles, sometimes beginning as a tiny stream, disappearing beneath the soil, eventually resurfacing. The process is essentially the same on a human scale. Meditation can tune us into that view of our life as well as the lives of others so that we can gain those perspectives and then we can allow without grasping.
“The real glory of meditation lies not in any method but in its continual living experience of presence, in its bliss, clarity, peace, and most important of all, complete absence of grasping.
When you live in the wisdom home, you’ll no longer find a barrier between “I” and “you,” “this” and “that,” “inside” and “outside;” you’ll have come, finally, to your true home, the state of non-duality.”
As human ego and psychology/personality goes, we who reside on this plane of reality in a body with an ego, have to watch our tendency to cling. I’ve seen folks cling to both pleasure and pain as well as total and complete illusion—and have observed it in myself too. We could call this passion or obsession or compulsion. Sometimes we just don’t know when to stop!
Like flame that clings to wood, plants cling to the earth; we too must cling to spiritual sustenance in order to survive. Many times, however, I believe some of us confuse just what spiritual sustenance actually is.
We must renew or refresh ourselves from the fountain of spiritual wisdom. Fire is the representation of this illumination, inspiration and enlightenment on the I CHING Kua 30 image. In fact, in some books this Kua is actually called “Fire” as well as “The Clinging”.
What is dark clings to what is light and the darkness enhances the bright. What does that actually mean? We cannot know the light unless we also know the dark.
Also, everything that gives light is dependent upon something to which it clings, in order that it may continue to shine. In this week’s newsletter, I wrote about astral travel and its opposite—being on the earth in a body. In this dimension, we must cling to the body (not astral travel out of it) in order to be able to continue to shine here on earth. Life here is about absorbing nourishment and then giving it out—like the apple tree that absorbs nourishment from the light of the sun and the minerals of the earth, giving out apples as its gift. We, too, have that same ability and, frankly, the same duty. In order to maintain our light upon the earth and to offer our gifts like the apple tree, we must tend to our inner fires.
The inner fires must not grow so large as to consume us in addiction or obsession—in other words, we must not become so clinging that we cannot properly function and forget who we are and why we are here, burning ourselves out in pleasure, pain or addiction. Nor must we allow our inner fires to smolder or go out—how can we inspire others that way?
If we must have an all-consuming passion, let it be to keep our inner fires properly balanced and to understand the enhancement of the light. Consider the qualities of fire and its dual nature: on the one hand it provides warmth and illumination that disperses darkness, revealing the hidden, and on the other hand it is capable of ruthless destruction.
How are your inner fires burning?
Here’s a mild example. I am recovering from some type of physical disturbance. You might say that I required the “fire” of an antibiotic and now I am feeling much better; yet I must be careful now not to be too overly enthusiastic about feeling better. I don’t want my inner fire to go out and smolder just when the flame is going steady again.
Today’s message is to monitor your inner fires—nourish your flame with spirituality and whatever else is needed, but don’t be like some fundamental christian and think you can start the world on fire with your own righteous fervor. That’d be like someone who just got over the flu trying to run a marathon the next day b/c jezuz told him to. The body will just burn itself out again—we do live in a body on the earth after all.
Maybe that last example is a silly one but it is what came to mind and that’s how I roll here on my own blog… silly or not, I type what comes to mind in the moment.
And now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to fan my own inner fires here….
I‘m off to contemplate an Apple Tree gifting its apples!
We achieve a state of peace when we are in perfect balance. I find that reflecting on that one sentence to be so helpful. Perfect balance equals peace! E-Z; no problem–right?Today the Oracle reminds us of this simple truth and predicts favorable conditions for your life offering that caveat with it. Twilight! I love that time of evening and morning when there is a balance between the heavens and the earth—a magical time. When I think the word “peace”—that’s the image that comes to mind. And we see that in the image here. I used to have a paper route and for 3 years, when my I had babies at home, while they and my husband slept, I’d leave at 3 am daily (7 days a week) to deliver my newspapers. I didn’t want to put my infant in a daycare and opted for that way of adding to the family income for those years. Anyway, greeting the day as it was being born was a beautiful part of that job—breathtaking sunrises too. Another favorite time was calling the kids to come inside from their outdoor play as it began to get dark; but I’d linger there first, sitting outside for a while before calling them at dusk.
Twilight times when time seems to stand still are so magical. Can we capture and hold that feeling 24-7? If we can, we walk the world in a state of peace.
Yesterday at dusk my grandson and I were at the top of the mountain at 6,000 feet caught in the midst of a passing cloud at twilight time. (It was COLD up there too if you were wearing simple t-shirts which we were.) In those moments, my 13 year old grandson and I stood there together letting the fast-moving misty clouds pass all around us. Immersion in the mountain mist at twilight time!
I still carry that feeling within me now as I type this and hope to share it with you; let’s go there together in our minds.
Pulling this Kua for today’s cosmic communiqué as I have, is a validation of our mountain top experience of harmony, balance and perfection—those are 3 keywords to express the archetype of I-CHING Kua 11/Peace.
The still point of Peace is a blessing in which “all feels right with the world” and the outlook is positive and clear and a divine perspective is gained. The misty clouds of energy flowing past us on the top of the mountain at dusk yesterday as we closed our eyes and held out our arms to immerse ourselves in the mountain energy, reminded us about flow itself; the TAO. In those moments we were fully open to whatever experience came our way—we surrendered to the midst, the mountain, the moment!
Whatever your own situation is today, perhaps if you take a mental journey to the moments I’ve been describing, capture it and carry it with you, it will help you feel the peace too.
ASTROLOGICAL AND TAROT KEYWORD ASSOCIATIONS TO KUA 11/PEACE
Capricorn – earth (the mountain top)
Aquarius – freedom; release; breaking free from ego/subjective reality
Cancer – MOON! Yesterday was a day moon, about ¾ full so clearly obvious in the sky all day; the emotional reality (the Moon rules Cancer)
Leo – SUN! twilight time is the time between the Sun (daytime) and Moon (nighttime); joyful; light heart; illumination (the Sun rules Leo)
Death – a new day being born; change or transition from one world to another or one day to another; merging with another or with the cosmos as an expression of consciousness (the moment that my grandson and I stood in flowing midst of the mountain top at dusk)
Empress – Mother Nature; harmony; beauty
The World – Unity of all elements; manifestation of spirit on earth; inspired by the order of the universe; the present moment; a peak experience
Justice – the 11 card of the tarot major arcana relating to Kua 11/Peace; balance; harmony; clearing out any feelings of or sources of limitation
The Emperor – Earth; Capricorn; Saturn; overseeing as my grandson and I were as we stopped to look down at various mountain views; the life force; restoring order
Judgment — being “called” to ascend (just like we ascended up the mountain); ascending means bringing spirit into flesh; CLOUDS PARTING which is what was happening on the top of the mounting in the fast-moving cloud mist; opening up to other dimensions