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A long time ago I created the word timescaping….it’s a verb.  I couldn’t find it anywhere else, and I researched it, so I’m ready to take ownership of this word, now.  It describes the act of perceiving time as  cyclical & multi-dimensional, not linear, which is how a majority of us see it.  The word implies, by intention, that we can have an effect on time, just as time effects us.  We can speed it up or slow it down, almost at will.   It’s much, much harder to manage time for those that retain the linear perspective of absolute beginnings & absolute endings.   Of course, that’s silly, because many, many things do end.  Absolutely.  And yet, the invisible, energetic, impulses & sparks do live on if there’s any karma around it at all.

After decades of research, life experience, and risky experiments, I came to believe that living one’s daily life according the cycles of the Moon, (and other cycles too, taken as a ‘whole’ picture perspective), is a far superior way to organize one’s activities then adhering to just calendars & clocks,  Apple watches included

The Salon for Astrological Discourse is meeting again this week.  How to move thru “time” is our primary study.  It doesn’t matter what you know or don’t know about astrology.  There’s always something to learn.  Join us online.

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So, I’ve been  organizing my personal library and came across this very old, very yellow, coverless paperback copy of Autobiography of a Yoga.  I read it at least twice before I enrolled in my first yoga teacher training program and one (or is it 2?) again since.   I downloaded it on Kindle so that when this copy turns to dust I will still be able to read it.  But, today, in the midst of all that is, I randomly opened it to this page.

 

Once again I am stunned by the sychronicity between the *universe* and what is happening in the moment.  This constant, expression of “As Above, So Below” helps me feel safe.

Meanwhile….     I have been offering my yoga therapy classes online now for 3 weeks and it looks like this trend will continue for some time.  The astrology of the day supports the movement to use technology better and safer.  I continue to rearrange my living space to accommodate these new working conditions.

If you are interested in joining an online yoga therapy class with me let me know.

FYI   I took the photo at the top of this post at the Lake Shrine Temple, which is in Pacific Palisades, CA.  A very peaceful place.  There are Temples all over the world promoting the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.  The organization is called the  Self-Realization Fellowship and it’s based in Los Angeles, CA.

 

Om Shanti.

Yoga

Now

Now is the time.

Now is the time to know,

that everything you do is sacred.

Why,

Oh,  Why,

do you throw stones at your heart?

Now,

why not consider a lasting truce with yourself?

Now is the time

to understand that all your ideas of right and wrong were just a child’s training wheels to be laid aside.

When you can live with veracity & love…

This is the time for you to consider the impossibility that there is anything in the world but Grace.

Now is the season to know,

that everything you do is sacred.

 

There’s a wonderful article on Hafiz at www.poetseers.com.  Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that Hafiz, “is a poet for poets”.  Spiritual mysticism speaks across geography, cultures, and time periods.  There is wisdom here if you have the eyes to see.  Namaste.

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Even those who know little about astrology have probably heard of the infamous “Mercury Retrograde”.

Here’s a list of articles in the New York Times, of all places.

It’s definitely true and accurate that during the 3-weeks (9 thru out the year) this planet appears to move backward,  an illusion explained better here, things go wonky here on earth.  Astrologers, such as myself, can accurately predict when and where in one’s life this retro-active period will manifest.  If you are a therapist (one who ministers), of any kind, you can help your clients/students/peers prepare and use if for the best possible outcome.  It’s not all bad. In fact it can be a very productive time for re-do’s.  Don’t judge it, is good advice.  Yoga Therapy provides good results as it teaches us how to stay centered amidst a swirling, confusing environment.

Symbolic Mercury (The Messenger) governs most things that require mental energy.  Thinking, writing, reading, speaking, listening and all the tools to do those things:  pens, pencils, sticks, computers, television….  Post Offices, Information Services, Libraries….all Mercurial places experience unexpected disruptions  during this time.  Yesterday, I was standing at a cash register with a human attending it when the card reader started spitting my card out with a nasty buzzing sound.  The human said, “It’s been doing that all day!”.  She’d never seen that happen before.  She wasn’t having a ‘good’ day.   We took a breath together, and I finally got out of the store.  Mercury retrograde shows up everywhere….if/when you know how/where to look.  Studying astrology trains the mind in ways that are really helpful.  It is believed by many that studying astrology prevents mental illness.  Mental illness and all kinds of mental states can also be investigated thru the placement of Mercury, natal & by transit.

Mercury is in Pisces for this first retrograde period in 2020.   Hah!!  Forget about study and logic with that placement.  Pisces is a poet, not an analyst. But, that doesn’t make Pisces wrong…..or right.  Their mental pathways towards decisions, choices, and impulses are different from the other zodiac signs.  Pisces represents the sum total of everything learned from all the other zodiac signs.  Pisces represents the “all”,  the collective unconscious, and it does so non-verbally thru spiritual experiences as well as addictive behaviors and other means of operation. Mercury here can be challenging for those who have no regard for intuition, psychic phenomena, spiritual practices, or artistic pursuits.  Institutions such as: prisons, hospitals, campuses, monasteries, ashrams, etc.  may also have a rough time with this retrograde period.   As for me I plan to work on some older, left behind watercolor paintings as well as my collection of creative non-fiction pieces.

As a college student I did a research project on intuition.  Where it comes from.  How to develop it.  Astrology guided me in understanding how intuition played a part in my life.  Yoga taught me how to recognize intuition from busy-mind thinking.  Meditation helps me find still-mind.

May this retrograde period bring peace and ease of mind.

Om shanti, shanti, shantihi.

 

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at 4:42 pm if you’re on the East Coast.  It’s in Aquarius where nothing is ‘predictable’ except when it is.  It’s a peculiar zodiac sign and points out that which always feels a little bit….off.    I wonder what this next 28 days will bring.  Be alert around Feb 1-3 for something ‘dramatic’.

Practice Yoga…………..with a capital Y.

Astrology lunar phases The Lunar Cycle

Remember Eris?  I like checking in on her periodically.  She’s still in Aries, and will remain there until 2044-ish. The transition from Aries to Taurus takes time to settle in, maybe like moving from one state-of-being to a different one.  She’s an irritant, and a trouble-maker. She likes to stir up rivalries, especially between siblings or cousins.  She sows misinformation, disinformation, and outright lies. Her finger points at you.  And, she is dangerously seductive.  Drugs, alcohol and other mood-altering substances may tone her down, or up, but they’re not necessary for her to act-out or manipulate someone else.   She carries with her a daggar, a hissing snake, and/or a burning torch.  She’s responsible for starting the Trojan War.

Her zodiacal placements will show you where you need to build: strength, ferocity, and backbone.  Ugh.

I’ve been tracking her since 2006 and if you put in “Eris” on the search bar you can read all my posts.  This  particular post in 2012 helps to put today in perspective.

Mars, ruler of Aries, represents the God of War, masculine style.  Eris, in mythology, is his counterpart, feminine version, a Goddess of War.    Mars demands. Acts assertively, and sometimes aggressively in pursuit of his desires, wants, and entitlements.  As I write this, Mars is in Sagittarious heating up media stuff.  Watch what happens in about 5-6 weeks when Mars joins Saturn/Pluto/Jupiter/Lunar Nodes in Capricorn.

 

 

Meanwhile, Eris has reached the 24th degree. This adds a new spin on our interpretations for Eris.  The astrological mandala known as the Sabian Symbols as interpreted by Dane Rudhyar says,

“Blown inward by the wind, the curtains of an open window take the shape of a cornucopia.”

This suggests an ‘openness to the influx of spiritual energies’.   ..the individual consciousness represented by (wherever you have Aries in your chart), is receiving a more concentrated influx of spiritual energy.

And, there are influences.  Until recently, Uranus was in Aries too, 2011-2019, and since his cycle is 84 years chances are you will not have to live thru *that* kind of extreme turbulence again.  Interestingly, Chiron, our Wounded Healer, also entered Aries in March of 2019.  This might indeed add to your pain threshold and open some old wounds,  the significence of Chiron here is on healing as opposed to curing.   Chiron’s cycle is ~50 years so if you are near to that age Chiron becomes the something you need to look at.  Consult your astrologer.

It’s a complicated time and there are blessings in the sky as well.   Neptune in Pisces will indeed enter in thru open windows.  Spiritual healing is available to the masses as well as individuals. What we can do is create the willingness to connect to spiritual energy and let go of the outcome.

Namaste.

 

 

 

Astrology Eris

Those who know don’t talk.
Those who talk don’t know.
Close your mouth, block off your senses, blunt your sharpness, untie your knots, soften your glare, settle your dust.
This is the primal identity.
Be like the Tao.
~Tao-Te-Ching

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…..followed by a Solar Eclipse.  Big.

more later.

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Buddha’s Five Remembrances

– Thich Nhat Hanh

I am of the nature to grow old.

There is no way to escape growing old.

I am of the nature to have ill health.

There is no way to escape ill health.

I am of the nature to die.

There is no way to escape death.

All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change.

There is no way to escape being separated from them.

My actions are my only true belongings.

I cannot escape the consequences of my actions.

My actions are the ground upon which I stand.

Buddhism Dharma Karma Yoga