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Reframing Your Well Being

Such an important share by sweet Tania Marie! As she says, these are not new messages, but I feel they’re important reminders to share. Any challenge brings new life and opportunities. How we shift our micro experiences and choices also affects what unfolds within and around us.

Last night, I happened to read a New Yorker article about Lake Powell and the megadrought in the West. I’d had this article open in a tab on my laptop for awhile, but the moment I started reading it last night, a huge thunderstorm rolled in. Torrents of rain poured forth like the old waterfalls described in the article. The more I read about the drought, the more the rain poured down, and I imagined this water energy permeating whatever areas most need it. I also expressed inner gratitude for the rain.

Just as I finished reading the article, the storm rolled away, leaving only a gentle rain in its wake. This felt profound and encouraging.

A few weeks ago, I dreamed about fire extinguishers putting the “icing” on three wedding cakes. When I awoke, I saw a client had emailed me right as I was dreaming, telling me of a fire near their home. I shared part of the dream and said I sensed she and her two daughters would be safe. She kept me posted, and indeed, the fire miraculously avoided them and their neighbors. Thoughts, prayers, Reiki and gentleness have profound effects. Sending love to everyone, especially dear Tania and Astrid.

Tania Marie

In the midst of disasters surrounding us, including the highest priority fire in the U.S., I find evidence of hope, new life, abundance, and creative life force energy continuing to emerge – and these are the images I want to share today in effort to evoke hope for whom ever may find this post.

Perhaps I see or find these things because I choose to, but once again it speaks to perspective, which can mitigate or completely shift our experience, AND the power of our focus, thoughts, and feelings. I find this to be essential to my well being, especially in more challenging times, and so I make it a priority to redirect things when I immediately detect something feeling off.

Although our air is hazardous here and the smoke continues to create eerie veils across the landscape before me, my garden tells another story of the circle of life…

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Late August Garden

We’ve still got humid temps in the high 80’s, but the garden reflects a subtle shift from Summer towards Autumn. I love this stage of sedum before the buds turn bright pink then burgundy:

Our fall clematis burst forth its white blooms …

… and I need to harvest and freeze the aronia berries:

The Garden Tower 2 continues to produce loads of greens, although we’re out of lettuce season. I planted spinach, purple mustard and more lettuce, so we’ll see how well those take. It’s a little tricky because most of the empty slots are deeply shaded by full grown greens.

The jury’s still out on my carrot experiment. I harvested one, but I don’t think it had matured enough. It didn’t taste as sweet as I would normally expect. I’m letting the others mature a little more before I harvest them. Regardless of the carrot results, I’m impressed by how much produce I’ve harvested from such a small space — for months now. I photographed all four sides of the Garden Tower 2, in order to show what can be done:

Up front, it’s still dinner plate hibiscus time:

We’ve also got zinnias, ripe tomatoes, shiso and more flowers, herbs and greens, but I’ll save those for another time. Wishing you a beautiful start to your week!

Full Moon in Aquarius ~ August 22, 2021

My August 2021 Forecast shared:

August 22 Full Moon in Aquarius at 8:02 a.m. Eastern. This is the second Full Moon in Aquarius this year. The first one occurred in very early Aquarius on July 23 or 24, depending on your timezone. This one occurs in very late Aquarius, just before the Sun moves into Virgo later that day. This is a void of course Full Moon, also known as a “Moon wobble.” Not the best time for big declarations or intentions. It is, however, an excellent time for meditation and connecting with the Cosmos. Allow yourself to participate as “an architect of peace.” The Sun in Virgo can then ground those insights into lasting habits.

This Full Moon occurs in the final degree of Aquarius. According to Dane Rudhyar, The Sabian Symbol for this event is:

PHASE 330 (AQUARIUS 30°): DEEPLY BOOTED IN THE PAST OF A VERY ANCIENT CULTURE, A SPIRITUAL BROTHERHOOD IN WHICH MANY INDIVIDUAL MINDS ARE MERGED INTO THE GLOWING LIGHT OF A UNANIMOUS CONSCIOUSNESS IS REVEALED TO ONE WHO HAS EMERGED SUCCESSFULLY FROM HIS METAMORPHOSIS.

KEYNOTE: The ability for the person with an open mind and a deep feeling for self-transcendence to come in contact with higher forms of existence.

This is the last and culminating symbol of Scene Twenty-two of the cyclic ritual. This is indeed a fitting symbol, as the number 22 symbolizes all forms of mastery. At any level, it is a symbol of spiritual group fulfillment — of CONSCIOUS TOTALITY OF BEING.

(You can read the full write-up here.)

Note the double 22 of “Scene Twenty-Two” occurring on August 22. I view this Full Moon as a call to mastery, partnership, and transcendence — with grave consequences if we don’t shift the energies.

At 28° Aquarius, Asteroid Niobe conjuncts the Full Moon. According to Alex Asteroid Astrology:

Niobe was a descendant of the gods, granddaughter of Zeus, whose husband had founded the city of Thebes; she was inordinately proud of her heritage and her fourteen children. Once during the annual festival honoring Leto and her children by Zeus, Apollo and Artemis, Niobe rebuked her fellow citizens, exclaiming that her own fortunes were better than Leto’s, and her own children more worthy, and greater in number. Why then should the Thebans honor Leto, who was merely Zeus’ paramour?

Leto heard the insult, and urged her children to avenge her by killing Niobe’s offspring, which they did, loosing deadly arrows at them. Niobe’s husband killed himself in grief at the tragedy, and Niobe fled to the wild, where she was transformed into a huge rock that ceaselessly wept tears of remorse.

Astrologically, Niobe represents undue pride in one’s accomplishments, gifts, heritage or fortunes, and the fall from grace which often accompanies this. It can indicate issues with one’s own children, boastfulness, and inordinate self-importance, arrogance or conceit. Often humbling experiences will accrue, granting enhanced perspective or teaching important lessons.

In this increasingly polarized world, it’s easy to lean into separation instead of recognizing opportunities to rise above it. This is a good time to express gratitude for blessings — and to do so from a place of humility. Don’t apologize for your own good fortune, but don’t lord it over anyone else either.

Hera at 28°14′ Leo conjuncts the Sun at 29°37′ Leo. In mythology, Hera was Zeus’s oft betrayed wife. Along with childbirth, she represents jealousy and vindictiveness. I recommend embracing the creative aspects of Hera instead of amplifying her touchy ego in late Leo.

We’re reaching a crossroads in human history. In some ways it matters not which path we choose, because at the current level, they both lead to dead ends. As Einstein said, “No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it.” We can move beyond current limitations and pending disasters — but we must elevate our consciousness in order to do so.

This Aquarius Full Moon, followed by the Sun entering service oriented Virgo urges us to act from a place of devotion. Bring higher level awareness into all we do and are. Become the change we wish to see in the world.

Own It

This theme keeps coming up in sessions and personal conversations. Yes, from outward appearances, the world seems to be going to hell in a hand basket — or at least parts of the simulation do.

If you have worked long and hard to move through Shadow themes and reclaim joy, now’s the time to own it. Allow yourself to thrive. You don’t need to be obnoxious about it, but lowering your vibration to the lowest common denominator of human experience will not uplift the collective.

Yes, challenges arise. We all experience joy and sorrow, disappointments, things we wish would go any other way. We have tremendous influence — more than we realize — but we can’t control everything that occurs outside ourselves.

What we do control is how we choose to deal with what happens to and around us. Claim the blessings. Be and create the beauty. This is what shifts your outer world.

The Future of the Future ~ Jon Rappoport

A brilliant, highly recommended post by Jon Rappoport:

The Future of the Future

by Jon Rappoport

August 10, 2021

“An artist who has no imagination is a mechanic.” (Robert Henri)

“Without the playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.” (Carl Jung)

“What if imagination and art are not frosting at all, but the fountainhead of human experience?” (Rollo May)

“Everything you can imagine is real.” (Pablo Picasso)

“You cannot hear the waterfall if you stand next to it. I paint my jungles in the desert.” (Macedonlo de la Torre)

Face it. For various reasons, the human race is addicted to solving problems, even where problems don’t exist.

But imagination, unchained, would take us into a wholly different arena.

At some point in the future, art will intersect with reality in a way that exceeds any transformation yet seen.

I can’t put a number on the year or the century in which this will occur, but it won’t matter, because when it does happen, something will also happen to time itself…

(Continue reading here.)

Happy Weekend!

Judith Kusel: Expect Rapid Changes

This post by Judith Kusel gives so much resonant detail about today’s 8/8 Lion’s Gate. Without going into too many details, I’ll simply say that her post tracks with things I’ve experienced, seen in dreams and waking visions. Here’s the link. Thanks to Ann Kreilkamp for the reference.

Blessings on the journey….

Neptune, Erosion and Woman in a Lime Green Dress

In late 2019 and early 2020, I had several dreams about death, a worldwide plague, and a pregnant woman in a lime green dress. This was pre-COVID, and I sensed both personal and collective meaning. In the past two years, I’ve had hundreds of other dreams about death. All of them feature an unmistakable sign of life at the end — flowers, seeds, a green cloak, the fecund earth. But the dreams with a pregnant woman in a lime green dress stood out.

David’s been busy with family obligations, so we haven’t had a chance to go to our beloved Lake Michigan since March. This afternoon, we went to Van Buren State Park, a place where other dreams have shown up in waking life. I blogged about that last August in a post called “Owls, Dragons and Zebra Elephants: when dreams spill into ‘real’ life.”

The area we used to walk had gotten much further eroded. It looked less alarming as more of the trees had completed their falls instead of hovering between life and death. The erosion created a long stretch of black sand in an isolated beach — far different than the crowded beach on the other end with less of a view. In the five months since we last visited there, the erosion created something far more beautiful, natural and preferred. We walked it twice.

I’ve had Neptune squaring my natal Saturn for the past two years. Water (Neptune) wears away the foundation (Saturn). This one beach, with its severe erosion and stark beauty epitomizes this transit. Today, I marveled at how the erosion cleared a path and carried away the half dead trees.

Nature’s cleanse highlights the beauty of what remains.

David took some photos of me while we walked, and when I looked at them, I realized, “I’m a woman in a lime green dress standing among these downed, dead trees. I’m the woman from my dream.” My loose dress and an optical illusion in the photo below even make me look pregnant!

I continued to wander and ponder — a very Neptunian approach to life.

David just put on Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata as I finish this post. I’ll leave you with that as we prepare for a gentle evening:

New Moon in Leo, Lion’s Gate ~ August 8, 2021

My August 2021 Forecast shares:

August 8 New Moon in Leo at 9:50 a.m. Eastern. Spend time with people with whom you feel a sense of connection and togetherness. This might mean an email, text or phone exchange, joining a group meditation, or going to church. If you feel isolated in these divisive times, focus on the common experiences that draw us towards each other. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Whether you feel it or not, you, too, are part of a greater whole. This New Moon occurs on the “8/8 Lion’s Gate,” a time of infinite manifestation and intention.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is:

PHASE 137 (LEO 17°): A VOLUNTEER CHURCH CHOIR SINGING RELIGIOUS HYMNS.

KEYNOTE: The feeling of togetherness which unites men and women in their dedication to a collective ideal.

The symbol expresses the idealized aspect of TOGETHERNESS.

What kind of music can we make with others that we cannot make alone? How different does it feel to join a group as a volunteer than to be forced into “volunteering”? One is heartfelt, an expression of love. The other comes from a place of fear and coercion.

Focus on your heart — both metaphorically and physically. The 8/8 Lion’s Gate deals with higher heart activation and ascension. Astrologically, it occurs when our Sun aligns with Sirius, aka the “Dog Star.” This brings higher level light activation and a chance to shine even brighter in our world.

My post on the meaning of repeat numbers shares:

Repeating 8’s suggest good luck surrounds you, especially with regard to finances. The number eight also represents infinity, infinite abundance, and infinite power to move through any obstacles. Affirmation: “Wealth. Success. Wealth. Success. I am a money magnet.”

For additional information on the aspects made by this August 8 New Moon, I also suggest AstroButterfly’s post.

Last Evening’s Garden

Just some flower photos before last evening’s sunset: