Archive for June, 2016

Energies of Now: Mars Forward, Energy Resurfaces

So very spot on! This part especially resonates with discussions I’ve been having with clients, David, friends and relatives:

“One main question during the Mars retrograde since mid-April until now has been this:

• Just what have we been giving our energy and thus our power to, and are we still thinking that’s a good idea?

• And is it a worthwhile investment of our greatest resource — our very life-force — or might that attention, energy, and life-force be better focused to something more truly worthwhile?”

Thank you, Jamie. I was just thinking this is so prevalent for so many people that I really ought to post on it … and there yours was. 🙂

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Mars God of War, by Diego Rodriguez de Silva Velazquez (1599-1660), Prado Museum. Public domain image. Mars God of War, by Diego Rodriguez de Silva Velazquez (1599-1660), Prado Museum. Public domain image.

Mars, the planet and archetypal energy of raw life-force, brash Yang, passion, and momentum stationed direct after its retrograde vision-quest cave-time that started in mid-April.

In mythology, the only time Mars did cave time was when he was with his lover, Venus… the only one who could influence Mars to channel all of that life-force and passion in more constructive, creative, and wise ways.

Otherwise, much to the constant chagrin of his fellow gods,Mars was out stirring up trouble, knockin’ heads, and generally bustin’ shit up, and thinking about it later, if at all.

What’s interesting is that — whether they ‘believe in astrology’ or not —a lot of people have been reporting the withdrawn energy, feeling the need for more rest or a more gentle pace (like it or not)…

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Interview with Lyme Disease Survivor, Stylist and Blogger Catherine Grace O’Connell

I wanted to reblog this inspiring interview with an exciting update. It seems that Arianna Huffington read Catherine’s interview and loved it — personally getting back to her. I’m happy to report that Catherine will now be writing for the Huff Post! Her blog also officially launched this week: http://catherinegraceo.com . She’ll soon be partnering with someone and offering podcasts and webinars helping people recover from PTSD and severe trauma. Kudos to Catherine! This is a must read article for any of those people asking me if I really do know of success stories moving beyond the devastation of Lyme Disease. Yes, I do, but they are usually confidential. Thank you to Catherine Grace O’Connell for courageously living and sharing her story with the world! Much love and respect … you’ve earned it, Sweetheart!!!

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Today’s post originally appeared on Sprout Art: Interviews with Creative People. When Catherine shared the link with me, I asked for and received permission to post the entire interview here to raise awareness with so many others dealing with Lyme Disease and other debilitating physical or emotional challenges. [Please note, this post shares the updated 5/20/2016 version of this interview.]

Catherine Grace O’Connell is an inspiration and one of the most beautiful people I know, inside and out. I can vouch for the severity of her struggles with Lyme Disease and the intensity of her journey. She has walked through the fire, the eye of the needle, and the Dark Night of the Soul, not only surviving to tell the tale, but shining and inspiring others.

I’m so pleased to be able to share this interview with my readers, because so many Chronic Lyme clients ask me if I know…

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White Picket Fences, Free Range Fantasies, and the Many Paths of Sustainable Living

This is one of the most inspiring articles I have read, and Dana is right in sync with discussions David and I have been having, including just moments before reading this post. Do what you can, how you can, wherever you are …with no enslavement to “should’s.”

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We live in a time of grand and sweeping narratives, powerful narratives that tell us who to be, how to live, what to buy, and what to believe–and these shape our actions and identities. When I was a child in the 1980’s, the narrative of the American Dream, complete with the white picket fence, was compelling. A beautiful suburban home, a middle class lifestyle, a loving partner, 2.5 children, a large house, a beautiful lawn, the husband with a well paying job, and generally peaceful existence were the cornerstones of this dream. Of course, there’s a lot of critique of the white picket fence today, spanning from racial injustice and socioeconomic realities to sustainable living issues. In the sustainability community, in particular, the white picket fence has become a sense of what we are working against, as the white picket fence surrounds the chemically-treated and weed free grass…and certainly…

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Garden Update: Signs of Summer

I haven’t posted garden photos in awhile, and people have asked for an update. Today marked the first sunflower of 2016:

First sunflower of 2016

I’ve taken other photos in the past few days to give a sense of life in that middle period when few things bloom. Thankfully, in our yard, we still have signs of growth and color:

roses

These roses are slightly past their prime, but will bloom all summer with almost no work at all. Called Robinhood Roses, these lovelies are salt tolerant, drought tolerant, and don’t even require deadheading. Quite the change from the original weedy patch in the front easement!

The Garden Tower 2 has really started to take off. We’ve already harvested some green beans and kale, and I’ve got lettuce started from seed to benefit from increased shade once the older plants grow in:

Garden Tower 2Bean tower

I haven’t had the best luck with pole beans or soy beans this year, mostly due to critters, but this bean tower has managed to beat the bunnies’ munchies, along with marigolds, nasturtium, chard, and kale.

All the three-tiered beds are planted with polycultures. In this one below, you can see Thai and purple basils, bok choy, a volunteer tomato, various peppers, calendula, chives, marigolds, beets, and a volunteer watermelon. In the background is a hearty rhubarb and vigorous grape vine. You can just see the rocks of the herb spiral behind the picnic table, centered in what will eventually become the asparagus circle:

Raised bed

In the blue house yard, just planted last fall and this year, you can see that the tree stump turned herb spiral has begun to fill in. Those herbs need lots of nitrogen rich compost since the tree continues to rob nitrogen from the soil, but eventually, it will function as a nice, rich hugelculture bed, not to mention eyesore turned focal point. Behind the herb spiral, you can see paw paw trees, asparagus, geraniums and hollyhocks. To the sides of the herb spiral, we have also have 10 asparagus beginning to grow in. (Actually, 9. The squirrels got one, which will need a replacement.)

By next year, faeries willing, we should have 16 asparagus plants getting ready to produce. I wasn’t sure about planting so much asparagus, but after our two older ones started producing this year, David and I went gaga for grilled asparagus! We also fell in love with a nettle, zucchini and asparagus “lasagna” topped with shredded raw goat cheese after baking. Oh, my goodness: gluten free heaven! So many things taste unbelievably different when you grow them yourself, and our friend Jon keeps us well supplied with nettles. Anyway, the herb spiral, one of the paw paws and friends:

herb spiral

We’ve had a sort of mini-drought this year, which has delayed growth until the more recent rains of the past few days. Thankfully, between soaker hoses, tree rings and hand watering, I’ve managed to keep most of the new perennials, fruit and nut trees in good shape, minus that one asparagus and some geraniums.

I created a new “community” on the front easement in between the two houses. This one features a dwarf Reliance peach tree, three Hansen cherry bushes, a red twig dogwood, ground juniper, foxglove, comfrey, campanula, petunias, and aster. The second most recent community — or guild, as the permaculture folks call it — sits outside the south window of my writing office near the north side of our garage and includes one of the nine hazel trees, surrounded by alpine strawberries, hostas, primrose, nasturtium, comfrey, a gooseberry bush, kale (far away from the tree roots), kalette (a cross between kale and Brussels sprouts, courtesy of reader Karen),  calendula, and one of the three zepherine roses on these properties. Those new communities are so fledgling that photos don’t show much, so you’ll just have to take my word for it!

One particular joy comes from the day lilies I planted last year (also courtesy of Karen — thank you!!) by our back door, where David can see his favorite orange blooms on the way in and out each day. Did you know that every single part of day lilies is edible? Quite the versatile plant! I’ve not actually tried any parts, but according to Backyard Foraging, day lilies are one of the top edible ornamentals. I’ll leave you with some rain barrel and day lily cheer, in company of our mulberry tree, various mints, lamb’s ears, black lace elderberry and a bee-friendly shade flower mix:

Day lilies

Happy Growing!

Solstice Musings

I’ve been quiet on the blog, spending much more time outdoors and within my own readings (books, phone sessions and Otherworldly contact), but in light of the transient nature of another turn of the Wheel of the Year, I thought I’d post these two essays synchronously brought to my attention by reader Cindy. Both are by Aidan Wachter. Though written in 2014, they seem quite timely with all the talk of timelines, as well as the special permeability of the eight spokes on the Wheel. These essays go together, and the comments are worth reading, too:

“Waking up in Another World”

“There Are Doors”

Solstice Blessings to you — whether Summer up North, or Winter Down Under!

 

Big Shifts and Timeline Splits

I’ve been too busy to post — teaching, doing sessions, gardening and re-creating, and hoo-boy, I’m feeling and witnessing the shifts! On both individual and collective levels timelines are splitting on the basis of resonance and choice. It’s truly bizarre watching some of the choices not to shift, as some of them have become hilariously obvious.

You really can’t make this stuff up. Or at least, if you made it up in a work of fiction, people would accuse you of padding the plot, using stock characters, or making themes too cliched and overly symbolic. Yet here we are. The Gemini in me dearly wishes I could share details, because they’re so funny, absurd and just downright weird … and in so many areas … but these are not my own details to share. Even the ones that are mine are linked into too many others whose lives don’t permit public blogging.

But wow. Some cool things are afoot. In my own life, I spent last week in a series of deep, involved dreams — the kind you know were not “just dreams.” In one such dream, I found myself sitting on a couch next to someone who had emotionally abused me for much of my life. Just as that person began the old bait and switch style “generosity,” I suddenly began dry heaving. Not only could I not swallow the bait and switch, but it was triggering an interdimensional vomit session.

This person yelled at me to get off “his” couch (which it wasn’t), so I ran to the bathroom and started vomiting concrete and gravelly sludge into the sink. The “vomit” came not from my stomach, but from my lungs, and it more than filled the sink. I awoke from the dream because I was literally dry heaving so loudly in bed that it pulled me out of sleep. The moment I awoke, though, I felt completely different. Free, light, and on a different timeline.

Sure enough, some “facts” and relationships were very different than they had been when I went to bed the night before. Also, in one of those cosmic winks I see so often in timeline jumps, in which some things no longer match up, the doorknob of the blue house now turns in the opposite direction as before. It used to require an extremely hard left turn to enter that house. As of that morning, the door started giving me all sorts of trouble, until a couple days later, I realized, “Ha! It’s the opposite now. A hard turn right gets you in with no effort. The timeline’s winking at me.” Sure enough, it works no problem to enter with a hard right turn, but in a further upgrade, it so happens our landlord is getting us entirely new doorknobs and keys for both front and back doors. This old front doorknob will move to replace the old garage entrance.

Doors are highly symbolic of timeline shifts. It’s one reason I paint portal doors to preferred realities. Since that shift, my mom’s old house is now under contract. It took a huge amount of work and two Reiki Healing Attunements, but that house sold in under three weeks amidst massive synchronicities. Those synchronicities are hallmarks of Reiki Healing Attunements and intensive prayer, both of which covered this entire process. I cannot share the details, because I don’t want to jeopardize the sale in any way, nor reveal private details … but holy, moly, are they ever over the top sync winks! Again, you can’t make this stuff up.

I’ve witnessed similarly decisive breaks with the old — some sad, but nonetheless feeling right — and some shocking, but also feeling right. This is not a good time to try to keep dirty little secrets under wraps. It’s also not a good time to demand more energy than you reciprocate or to try to use outmoded control mechanisms.People are waking up. It’s also important to remember that just because someone is no longer on your timeline, that doesn’t mean the person is necessarily wrong, bad or evil. It’s just no longer a match. Perhaps that person will jump to a more thriving option, or maybe they feel comfortable where they are with their current companions. The world continues to sort itself, and I find it fascinating how this Rubik’s cube will look in a few more months. So far 2016, has seen more twists and turns than your average year.

Election fraud keeps getting exposed not only on the national level, but also local, co-ops, and even in churches. Again, the local, co-op, and church details are not mine to report, but check out Ann K’s compilation on Hillary Clinton’s latest lawsuit on voter fraud to see what I mean on the national level.  From the astrology to Wikileaks, to full on legal watchdogs, lightning’s striking. Similar voter fraud has happened on both sides for years, especially in 2012; however, masses of people have begun to declare, “Enough is enough.”

It rarely feels good to implement tough love and erect firm boundaries, but effective timeline jumping sometimes requires such things. It definitely demands conscious choices for a better world: which patterns, people, institutions and stories stay? Which ones go? When those windows of opportunity present themselves, which ones will you recognize as the portals they are? Which ones will you choose to go through? Wellfield

As the Hopi say, “We are the ones we have been waiting for.” “This could be a good time.” I, for one, intend to make it so!

Blessed Be.

Life-Milestone Cycles and Big-Energy Activations Underway

Yep! Definitely feeling this, as it hits various intense spots on my natal chart. Huge transformations under way, and I get the “non-negotiable” quality of them. I know many people also experiencing huge shifts, so here’s some perspective from the heavens … And from Jamie! ❤️

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The 'Milky Way', photographed near Lake Titicaca in Peru. Image courtesy of NASA. The ‘Milky Way’, photographed near Lake Titicaca in Peru. Image courtesy of NASA.

There are several ‘big energy’ activations and/or life-milestone cycles underway just now.

Here’s a snapshot, and I have a few specific updates on the writing roster for a couple of these.

The shifts and fluxes in the shared energy field and collective consciousness affect everyone — if you’re breathing the air and are living on Earth, you’re involved in these unfolded mythic stories and dramas taking place now.

There are some soul groups, though, who are experiencing major milestones or activations just now (or in the recent past, or on the near horizon).

You’ll also find some handy ‘anytime inspiration’ at the end.

Mid-1960s-born Generation-X Core Group — Wounded Healer Milestone & Shapeshifting Cycle

The current activation of the Mutable Axis — Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces — zones in on the mid-1960-born Generation-X soul group (1962-1968)…

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