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The Sun, Moon, Venus, Regulus & Transpluto are all moving thru my third house and the emphasis is on all-things-Virgo. Yes, I know it’s going to be Libra-time for the Sun in a couple of hours, but there are other things happening in the sector called Virgo that when approached with the right attitude can actually be quite pleasant and I want to savor it. Virgo is all about the everyday self-care rituals that keep us healthy. But, not just the body. We all need to apply self-care to our spirit & our souls as well, and that’s what telling a story yesterday did for me.

 

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Even as I took the ‘stage’, I still couldn’t figure out exactly why I’m telling this story…..now. Here? My story-support group (and you know who you are) said I told it the best ever….. I suppose I could tighten it up even more if I wanted to. But why? And what’s the purpose? Regardless I feel complete……it was a daunting task, and the pay was poor, but the benefits were huge and that really was a nice conversation I had with that inter-racial couple afterwards and it would have never happened otherwise………….

Stories can be many things. Entertainment. Documentary. Educational. And, stories can also be therapeutic & healing and a way to practice self care for our soul. Much of my professional life I am helping people to get ‘out of the story’ and to just feel the sensations & feelings that are present in the moment. Stories can and do take us into our heads a lot of the time, and astrology teaches that there is a time & place for everything, even getting into our heads and churning out some good stories.

So, I think that whilst the Virgo Moon is still agitating my third house, I’ll finish the editing on my story for a print version and maybe publish it…….? here?

New Moon Wednesday…..that means that we are all in the balsamic phase of the lunar cycle. Time to rest.

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Here’s the chart for the Monmouth County Shore Area….Long Branch, Asbury Park, Neptune, Belmar areas.    It occurs at 10:12 am this morning.  That means that we should all take advantage of the remaining hours left of the Balsamic Phase to rid ourselves of whatever toxic waste, (ama) we have collected since the last New Moon.  Capishe?

more later……    review the posts on Balsamic/New  Beginnings & Endings.     The search bar is over there on the right….scroll down.

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The WayIt’s been a while since I’ve written any feng shui posts. It’s a frequent topic for conversation in a couple of my hatha yoga classes. Go figure.

Yoga. Feng Shui. Well, yes….it does make sense.

Feng Shui is all about looking outside of us to see the things that usually go un-noticed. Un-noticed, not because they’re hard to see (which is possible), but un-noticed because we have probably become habituated or quite accustomed to the sight of what we’re looking at.

For instance, my garage roof is looking quite………………………….untidy.

It’s been that way ever since I’ve moved into the house. It doesn’t leak or create any problems…..it just looks a little messy. It has an old wooden roof, moss growing all over it, one shake at the top/center is missing and, the old white aluminum door is partially green from lack of sunlight. Last year I spent the entire spring/summer season cleaning out the inside which is now quite orderly, for me. My garage sits in the south east corner of my property, sometimes known as the “resource” gua. In terms of local space feng shui (astrology) the garage is on the line that represents the North Node. Hmm. That’s a tricky one to delineate.

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Talented feng shui consultants are able to look at things like my garage and get a felt sense of where this untidiness or disorder is showing up in my life. It may or may not have a direct effect on those areas of my life symbolized by the placement of the garage. It’s possible that a different ‘polarity’ is being affected. It helps to have a clear mind when considering (con-sider: with the stars) all of the possibilities. HOW WE CHOOSE TO THINK about something we see affects the outcome. Yes? Of course.Peace Hexagram

 

Yoga is all about what is going on inside. What is present emotionally/mentally (especially on the unconscious level) when I look at my garage? Am I disturbed?

I kinda like it, actually. …….adds a bit of a rustic feeling to the plastic veneer of typical suburbia. Cleaning it out was a good thing, it created clear space for other things to happen…………and A LOT HAPPENED during that time of clean out. Perhaps I’ll tell the story someday.

For now, I think I’ll just go and pick up all the sticks and branches that have fallen around the yard over the past few windy days. It’s good to keep the clutter to a minimum. There’s a New Moon today at 18 degrees of Pisces. The sabian symbol is, “In a gigantic tent, villagers witness a spectacular performance”

Sun’s out!

Bye.

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I came across this old post and thought you should re-read it now that the Cardinal Cross is here.

Waking up to ice on my windshield on April 15 is a stunning reminder that things are indeed changing.

…more later

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Tugging_at_your_harp_stringsWow!  Sunday was my first-ever storytelling performance with a harp, and the audience was delighted.  I recognized some serious applause and I was told later that everyone was talking about me, although, I don’t think it was really me they were talking about….it was really about the harp.  Once again  I forgot how utterly mesmerizing this instrument is to most people….and me too, of course.  For all the worry, anxiety, and practice….the music just flowed exactly the way it was supposed to.

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In the first person, I told the story of Chiron’s Birth and why he came to be living in a cave with his harp.

This centaur, known as The Wounded Healer, is a mythological story that has captured my attention for the past 20 years or so and I’m frequently referring to his symbolism in my lectures/workshops and yoga therapy classes.  He’s got a powerful story for our times, for sure.  So many of us  feel wounded, shamed, abandoned and just plain old sad.    I’ve blogged a bit about Chiron, the asteroid, and this post gives a pretty good overview of the astrological Chiron.   Today Chiron is traveling thru Pisces which supports healing thru music.

 This was the first time, in a long time, that rather than teach or facilitate,  I practiced Performance & (intentional) Drama.    I was totally unprepared for the sheer joy that I experienced after it was over and thruout the following day.  It was wonderful to find a new, creative outlet that brings together so much of what I love to do, and still challenges me in new ways.  But four minutes is nothing when your hands are on the strings, you know?

Already, I am planning Chapter 2, and expanding my story to maybe 10-15 minutes?  Who knows?  For now, Storytelling is a new hobby/activity for me and I am so excited to see where it takes me.

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Woke up to the news of the large-scale earthquaking in Chile.  No doubt there will be many, more events to come right up until April 22 (at the very least). as the alignment of the planets reminds us just who is Boss.  Now, sit for a few moments  and watch where your mind goes after reading that.  Then, take a long, slow, deep breath.

Chant Om.

(Go to a yoga class and ask the teacher, “why om?”)

If I could sum up everything I’ve learned over the past few decades and reduce it down to  2 words, today those words would be:

 Practice Kindness.

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…more later.  New Class starts today, 4:30pm.  We’re gonna talk about Om.

 

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The new moon at 10 Aries.  The Cardinal Square is aligning and the moon beginning today, will be  giving us a taste of what is to come.  So much change, so fast can be frightening and disorienting for many.  Others get  inspired by all the adrenalin that gets secreted during times like these.  There is no right/wrong way to respond to major change in your life.  There are simply too many variables with too many different context’s to judge.  For me, Ram Dass coined the best mantra for times like this when he wrote:  Be Here Now.  And yoga has taught me that Now, is only 1 breath long.

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Between April 16 – April 25, 2014  some of the certified planets of our particular solar system will be coming into an alignment that the astrologer’s call a planetary picture.  Rather than get into the astronomy and physics of the upcoming alignment I’d prefer to write about how to manage our lives thru this unprecedented time in human history.  Yes.  It’s that big.  We talked about it on International Astrology Day.

The planets  involved in this configuration are:  Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter, Mars, and on April 20 the moon will join the group and act as a trigger.   The Sun moves thru the sensitive area beginning around March 30 – April 6, depending on what orb you like to work with.   And then there’s Eris, a little bit too far away to factor into this Cardinal Cross, but,  twenty-one degrees is not far away enough as she continues to inspire calamity & chaos whilst traveling thru Aries.  More on Eris another time.

It’s easy to see the cross configuration that’s setting up, and the fact that all the planets are in cardinal signs will make this into a dynamic period of time unlike anything we have seen before.  This particular alignment has never occurred before in human history.

more later…………..

may all beings live in peace

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2014_Grand_Cardinal_Cross_April_22ndThis upcoming planetary picture has captured the attention of astrologers world wide.  It’s a pattern that no human,  has ever  lived through at least not with the planets currently forming this major grand cross.  For that reason, we have no historical information to guide us.  We are left thus with our education. our imagination, and our intuition as to just how this dynamic picture of planets is going to manifest.  It’s complicated and the presence of Pluto & Uranus who are locked into their ‘square-dance.x7’, makes the whole picture quite life-changing on a global scale.

Zodiac signs can be either Cardinal, Fixed, or Mutable, and each category has its own quality of expression.  The Cardinal category includes: Aries, Libra, Cancer & Capricorn.  Those of us who have a predominance of this ‘cardinal’ energy will really feel the ongoing effects of this alignment.   The rest of us will be impacted (greatly) simply by osmosis.  Cardinality is dynamic, active, and is fond of beginnings.  They like to start things in an active way.

Countries, Organizations, City/States, all have horoscopes too.  The USA is Cancer, born on the fourth of July.  If one looks at the horoscope of the USA what stands out in flashing neon is the fact that we are experiencing a return of Pluto to our natal Pluto in Capricorn.  The timing begs for deep discussions of where our country is heading in this 21st Century.  If you add the Cardinal Cross to a Pluto Return you quickly realize that we are truly living in “some interesting times” as the ancient Chinese curse so states.

 

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fearnotI recently attended Gary Christian’s weekend workshop with the Astrological Society of Princeton   I have a long history with this group and it was great to re-connect with other astrologers.  Gary spoke as Gary speaks, I’ve heard him before, he is brilliant, and sometimes I understand him, and sometimes I don’t, and yesterday it all worked for me just fine!  I am re-inspired to look at some old techniques, again, but for now in a new way.

Astrology continues to be the most reliable clock/map I’ve found.  Divine guidance, as well as practical solutions are always available in the language of the cosmos.  Astrology is real, it has been proven;  it’s the astrologers that provoke our culture’s disrespect for the science/art.   I agree with Gary on that point.   Regardless, it was a wonderful feast for my hungry intellect and I am excited to feel my left brain wake up.

Anyway, ’tis true, from yet another source, that we are in-deed in-store for very, very, very, big change.

That said, it’s time to prepare for this weeks yoga classes.   Jai bhagwan.

March 20 – INTERNATIONAL ASTROLOGY DAY    

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Astrologers achiron..line drawingre still collecting and analyzing information regarding Chiron,  discovered in 1977.  That’s not a long time when you’re working with the outer planets and such.  Fifty years is the average cycle of Chiron, which means that around age 50 or so, each of us will have a Return of Chiron to it’s original location in your birthchart.  I’ve written a bit of this before and you can read more here and here.  Turning 50 does bring it’s own unique awareness’s and opportunities.  I remember it like yesterday……..

Around 2008,  Chiron and Neptune were in conjunction, an alignment that no one living had ever experienced.  That’s rich, fertile ground for astrological research, and I learned a lot by integrating yoga and astrology during that time.   We’ll see what happens now that both are moving thru Pisces, the sign of spirituality.

Om shanti.  May all beings be free of suffering.  May all beings know peace.

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