Posts Tagged ‘Reality Creation’

December Garden, Portal and Personal Updates

As we ease into the other side of this powerful eclipse and New Moon in Sagittarius, I thought I’d share some grounding photos from the indoor garden. These ones show how the indoors blends with the outside garden, which is largely put to bed for Winter. You can still see various types of kale, collards, parsley, rosemary and green onions outside, but things are mostly sleeping until Spring.

Inside, the Christmas cacti have begun to bloom:

With such short days, lettuce, parsley, cilantro, spinach and onion spouts grow slowly. But they do grow! I turn the trays every other day so that they don’t get lopsided stretching for more light.

I also decided to try my hand at growing indoor mushrooms. This set from ETSY is on Step 2. Per the Mushroom Man LLC’s video, I let the white mycelium grow for about three weeks — until the inside looked mostly white. Last night, David and I sliced open the package and “roughed up the mycelium” with a fork before soaking the substrate for 24 hours:

Later today, I’ll drain the plate and flip things around to start growing pink oyster mushrooms on our kitchen countertop. We’ll see how it goes! Supposedly, we should get two flushes. This is totally an experiment. I love exotic and medicinal mushrooms and thought the pink might perk things up when nothing’s blooming outside.

I do have another blooming plant right now. I always forget what it’s called, but this one reliably puts forth flowers much of the year:

Today also marks the time to paint the garden portion of my next commissioned portal painting. This one has spent a long time in the planning stages, but its timing ties in with the Solar Eclipse. The degree of this extremely karmic eclipse conjuncts the patron’s South Node, so the portal integrates before and after timing. Yesterday I painted desert — and today a garden. More details once I finish!

I have two other portals in process, too, one for myself and one for another patron. Due to the uncanny astrology, this one jumped ahead of the others. I love when astrology confirms an intuitive nudge.

On a more personal note, I always incorporate some manner of garden into my life. I’m typing this post with a henna mud pie on my head. The henna doesn’t change my hair color much, but it does provide a lot of keratin and strength to my hair. I started henna’ing back in 2006, and for me, this nurturing ritual reconnects me throughout fifteen years of transformation. I’ve written about henna and my mood hair before (here and here), but today, it just feels fun to have mud on my head while I make a garden post!

When not covered in mud, I like wearing flowers. This past month concluded a multi-year search for a replacement to my beloved Faery Combat Boots. After a Leprechaun cobbler episode, two visits to a human cobbler for new zippers, and a final confirmation that no cobbler could fix the worn through back of my heels, I knew I needed to retire them. I’ve had those boots for over six years and they’ve taken me through many an adventure — whether walking in a very cold Lake Michigan, hiking in deep snow, or having an NDE after running through the Detroit Airport when Saturn crossed my North Node 2018.

I loved those boots, and they proved extremely difficult to replace. After years of searching and three returns, I finally settled on these that I broke in last Tuesday while wearing a garden inspired dress:

Why do I love Faery Combat Boots so much? No idea, but a good lug sole on a waterproof boot that I can wear with dresses makes me bizarrely happy. Almost as happy as flowers. Combine Faery Combat Boots with a floral dress, pink mushrooms, and Christmas cacti? Seelie stuff.

In these crazy intense times with all their karmic weight, it helps to find the little things that bring a smile to your face and heart. IMHO, the sillier and more delightful, the better. Vibration matters — as in, your vibration creates matter. Surround yourself with more of the energies you wish to experience. Your external world begins to reflect more and more of those back to you in physical form.

Blessed Be … and be the blessing! Happy New Moon in Sagittarius … and congratulations on making it through that karmic doozie of an eclipse!

Garden Update: A Bigger Vision

I haven’t given a garden update in a long time, because I’ve been super busy working in the garden. In the past few weeks, I’ve quietly increased the front yard garden by another third. Having the extra space means dedicated spots for tulips, lilies, crocuses, and Dr. Seuss-like alliums, plus more room for fall mums, and spring hyacinths and daffodils. I’ll also have more growing areas for things like garlic and carrots.

In fact, this upgrade and expansion began when I realized I didn’t have anywhere to plant bunches of garlic. I started adding Big Bag Bed Mini’s on the inside edge of my existing garden. You can see two of them towards the bottom left:

Those who’ve followed the evolution of this garden will notice another upgrade: a sculptural raised bed to replace the dying, dead, then toppled weeping birch tree.

I miss the birch tree, but it had been dying since we bought this place in May 2017. I nursed it for awhile, but it felt so discouraging to watch the tree’s demise no matter what I did. The woman who planted it stopped by and revealed that this was the third weeping birch she planted in that location. This eased my feelings of inadequacy. I already knew this was not a preferred spot for birch trees, but now I knew it would never thrive there. It wasn’t my fault. I stepped back and allowed nature to take its course.

Once it died, the birch became a bastion of wildlife. So many species of birds landed on those branches, and we even had a nest of wrens. On June 18, 2021, in a post called “The Next Phase and a Collective Dream,” I posted about the tree toppling over in a storm. (11:11 as I typed the title). All that day and the next, birds flew in to pay their respects to the fallen tree, but then they stopped coming. That half stump felt like a persistent reminder of loss.

I couldn’t decide what to plant instead. David and I considered everything from a weeping Norway Spruce, to a medlar tree, to a crabapple or even a sculpture instead of a tree. One day, I decided to add a raised bed out back and went on Gardener’s Supply Company to find one of the troughs I loved in Goshen. While looking at those, I came across this — a sculpture and a raised bed:

You can see another layer of Big Bag Bed Mini and three new Smart Pots between the new raised bed and the original outline of the garden. I needed to add rock (bottom center-right) to even the ground. A dream gave me the solution to filling this thing. I used a combo of cut up Smart Pots and Big Bag Bed Mini’s to line the structure. That will keep the soil from rushing out and also provide better insulation than just a metal structure.

I planted the mum’s so it wouldn’t look like an empty bed, but the real fun will bloom in spring. This bed is layered with early and mid-season tulips, daffodils, alliums, and grape hyacinths. I have very early blooming crocuses en route to me as I type. I haven’t decided what summer plants will go there — probably some kind of drought hardy perennials, plus a little space for annuals like nasturtium and zinnias. I can’t tell you how encouraging and uplifting it feels to have fall-planted bulbs filling themselves with life below the surface. Literally a difference between death and life.

Yesterday, I realized that my ideas for the expanded front garden coincided with a decision to turn a pair of sunglasses I rarely wore into indoor/outdoor glasses with transition lenses. These are big cats eye glasses, but I kept feeling a nudge to make the switch. All my other glasses turn from regular lenses to sunglasses when I go outside. I’ve found I prefer these to straight sunglasses that remain dark if I walk into a store. Wearing these makes me giggle, and faeries love to giggle:

As strange as it sounds, I feel like these huge lenses led me to “see bigger.” Actually, it doesn’t sound strange to me at all. I wrote a very long post called “Vision and Shapeshifting: A Matter of Perspective.” That post shared more selfies than I had in an entire year prior. Despite knowing I didn’t really need another pair of glasses, it kept nagging me to get them. I became a little obsessed with the idea and looked into David’s vision insurance. Indeed, it’s good insurance.

Long story short, I got these switched to transition lenses, and I agreed to try a pair of polarized sunglasses in a “ruby” tint. The polarized lenses were another leap for me. After my TBI, polarized anything made me so sick that I never tried them again until 23 years later. So glad I did! My point here, though, is that the bigger lenses — and perhaps the curiosity of cats’ eyes — resulted in new garden solutions and expansion. Small, symbolic shifts can lead to big 3D world changes:

My mind sees succession planting of blue hyacinths, fancy daffodils, and 60 days of blooming lilies in that empty Big Bag Mini. There’s a matching one off frame to the right. This upgrade and expansion makes the yard feel like “mine.” It doesn’t look like that much more because of how I worked with existing flow — but that expansion makes a huge difference to me.

Gardens are such wise teachers. Never underestimate the power of flowers. Have a beautiful day!

Perspective and Protection

I keep getting nudged to share these things, so here goes:

Much depends on your perspective. From which vantage point do you view so-called reality? I prefer the Stephen Crane approach:

“Think as I think,” said a man,
“Or you are abominably wicked;
You are a toad.”

And after I had thought of it,
I said, “I will, then, be a toad.”

On Monday, David and I walked along the beach at Van Buren State Park. For some reason, I kept seeing nature’s scenes as spontaneous abstract art. I’ve got three portal paintings knocking on my subconscious (two of them commissions), but once I finish those, maybe I’ll paint these swaths of color and form onto large canvases. The scenes themselves are beautiful, but to my mind’s eye, they demonstrate the fluidity of what we see:

This morning, I awoke from a night of just-below-the-surface dreams:

9/10/2021

“Hold Steady”

I slept six hours straight through. I know I dreamed but recall no details other than “Hold steady,” “Hold the line,” “Steady as she goes.” Something like that — I’ve already been given ample instructions and preparation for this time. Stay focused and strong.

Bible calendar: “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” ~ Exodus 33:14

END of dream journal.

One of the things dreams have shown me is the importance of EMF protection. I’ve written about this for years. You can find posts and links on orgone here. In 2018, I also wrote about Aires Tech products for phone, laptop and personal protection. Since then, I’ve referred countless clients to Orgonia and Aires Tech, because in my experience these places offer the best, most noticeable frequency protection.

About a month ago, Aires Tech reached out to me to become an affiliate. I normally don’t do any kind of affiliate anything, because I like my suggestions to remain clear of any self-interest. I’ve already referred people to them for years, and I bought more of their products when I upgraded phone and laptop. David uses their Defender whenever he’s on call and needs to sleep with his cell phone by our bed. I almost said, “Thanks, but no thanks” to the affiliate opportunity, but then I learned that being an affiliate would allow me to pass along savings to clients and blog readers.

If you click here and enter promo code GUA002xk310, you’ll save 10% off your order anytime.

Between September 10-15, 2021, Aires Tech is offering 15% off orders of $200+, using promo code SAVEBIG.

I’m not pushing these products, just passing along savings for something I’ve used since 2018. Many clients and blog readers privately ask what I use for EMF and 5G protection. I love Orgonia for general lifting of the vibration around our home, including other dimensional bleedthrough, and I have tons of pucks and and plaques handmade by my now-friend Bo. I’m not an affiliate. I just love his products, and Bo’s one of the more tapped in people I know.

For cell phone and laptop use, I notice a huge difference when adding the Aires Tech LifeTuner Device. I’ve already mentioned the Defender, which is now called Lifetune Personal. They recently upgraded their older items for added protection from 5G. I’m actually sitting here with the Lifetune Personal on my lap as I type. For those wanting to protect pets or entire rooms, they’ve got that, too.

I’ve always been sensitive to energies, including EMF’s. When I first got an iPhone in 2012, I thought I was having a stroke! Those symptoms would clear about 15 minutes after turning off my new phone, but with it on, I felt like a combo of TBI, radiation poisoning, health palpitations, nausea and dementia. I tend to blow out electronics, especially cell phones and laptops, but Apple products resist my energy surges. Unfortunately, they also disrupt my energy field, so I’ve needed to explore solutions.

Over the years, I’ve tried many different types of EMF protection, but the items mentioned in this post are by far the best, imho. I’ve been shown in a variety of dreams that EMF protection will become even more important as we move through these freaky timelines and “reality” offerings.

Since so many people ask and because I can now offer a discount on products I suggest anyway, I’m sharing links.

I’ll leave you with another Stephen Crane favorite:

A man saw a ball of gold in the sky; 
He climbed for it, 
And eventually he achieved it—
It was clay. 

Now this is the strange part: 
When the man went to the earth 
And looked again, 
Lo, there was the ball of gold. 
Now this is the strange part: 
It was a ball of gold. 
Aye, by the heavens, it was a ball of gold.

In a world of Debbie Downers, boogie men and constant gaslighting, it’s easy to give up and give in. If you’ve had visions of a beautiful world in the process of being born through massive birth pangs, you’re not alone. Hold onto those dreams and visions.

“Hold steady,” “Hold the line,” “Steady as she goes.”

Lee Harris ~ September 2021 Energy Update

This video is so spot on! I’ve been saying very similar things in sessions, and Lee articulates so well the current and emerging energies. Highly recommended to watch this throughout the month:

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.)

August 2021 Forecast and Third Quarter North Node Horoscopes

AUGUST 2021 FORECAST

August 2021 offers seemingly tame transits compared to the past eight months. Much continues to evolve beyond the veil, and these calmer energies support shifts arising from prior revelations and realizations. Sometimes “calm” months prove most eventful, bringing change in less traumatic, more deliberate ways than volatile transits might have triggered.

August 1-2 Sun conjunct Mercury, opposite Saturn. A call to commit: will we follow through with the work and reorganization revealed as necessary for future success? How do we interpret and understand the individual’s role vs. authoritarian and/or societal pressures? These are not rhetorical questions. Pay attention to personal insights that arise through collective themes.

August 6-7 Sun square Uranus. We’re not done with those questions. As Richard Bach said, “Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they’re yours.” Sun in Leo square Uranus in Taurus brings an urge for individual freedom. Ongoing protests highlight this struggle in the public sphere, but it also occurs within. Beware of throwing out the baby with the bathwater. Rash actions may not lead to desired results. Think evolution, not just re-volution. Spiral up instead of “spinning your wheels” or going around in circles.

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.

August 9-10 Venus opposite Neptune. With Venus in Virgo opposite Neptune in Pisces, questions of service and values arise. Beware of any tendencies towards martyrdom, as this transit makes for easy exploitation. Pray for discernment when people tug your heartstrings. Not everyone who urges compassion practices it themselves. If you need clarity on relationships, try to postpone any firm decisions. Confusing energies surround love life, values and self-esteem. Good days for art and creativity, bad days to indulge addictive behaviors. If you feel disillusioned, create something beautiful instead of wallowing in disappointment. Allow harmony and transcendence to wash over you. In its highest expression, this transit could trigger dreams and inspiration.

August 11 Mercury opposite Jupiter. This transit favors extremist thinking and communication. Verbal demands could increase, as could holier than thou attitudes. A quick transit that reminds us to take whatever people say with a grain of salt. Finding the humor in situations can tip these energies in more positive directions.

August 10-11 Venus trine Pluto. Relationships intensify as the Goddess of Love moves into harmonious aspect with Pluto, Lord of the Underworld. This transit makes us aware of deeper values and our primal need for intimacy. Creative projects receive extra subconscious fuel. We might experience “terrible beauty” or obsessive fascination. Encounters feel fated, even if short lived.

August 18-19 Mercury conjunct Mars. “Those are fightin’ words.” Information warfare ramps up, but we might finally find the will to say what must be said. A courageous time to speak out. Protests could intensify, especially about the right to free speech. If you don’t want to join a public protest, at least speak the truth to yourself within a song or journal.

August 19-20 Sun opposite Jupiter, and Mercury trine Uranus. These days favor unusual news and big opportunities. If you feel like you’re on a lucky streak, express gratitude and curb any tendencies to boast or gloat. Receive the most from these transits by keeping an open mind and heart.

August 21-23 Mars trine Uranus. This often volatile planetary combo grounds itself in earthy Virgo and Taurus, and the trine aspect brings harmony. Mars in Virgo brings a “git ‘er done” energy to rebel Uranus in Taurus. Instead of toppling the apple cart, we might plant an entire orchard. This transit bodes well for projects that feel long past due, yet right on time.

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.

August 23 Venus trine Saturn. A gentle, supportive transit that makes it easier to follow through on commitments. It also eases creative projects into tangible form. This is a good day to nourish your skin and enjoy dressing in classic styles.

August 24-25 Mercury opposite Neptune. Oh, the confusion! Information overload. What’s real, what’s not? If you feel like you’re losing your mind, you’ll find it much easier to use your right brain than your left brain at this time. If you lose your car keys or forget something “important,” realize that higher forces are at work. What dissolves or fades away because of this “mistake” or “leak” needed to go anyway. This transit favors transcendent communication and worldviews. Examine the details some other time. For now, pay extra attention to dreams and symbols. Let your intuition guide you without the need for strict interpretation. That can come later, but it won’t come now — at least not with any accuracy. Feel into possibilities of a bigger picture beyond your current level of understanding.

August 26 Mercury trine Pluto. As the miasma begins to clear, expect some deep revelations and new understanding about formerly hidden things. Words carry extra power and magic.

August 28 North Node conjunct Black Moon Lilith. The (True) North Node meets (True) Black Moon Lilith, demanding the collective consider issues of sovereignty, abuse, women’s reproduction, the Dark Feminine, Wild Woman, and Shadow themes. The best way to handle Lilith energies is to honor your body. Don’t try to override it with your mind. Avoid autoimmune and histamine reactions by trusting your body’s response and following that guidance.

August 30 Mercury enters Libra. A return to civil discourse? Maybe. Libra values cooperation and compromise. Libra holds the balanced scales of Justice. Mercury in Libra can also spin things so they seem less harsh and ugly. Mercury will spend extra time in Libra this year due to retrograde action from September 27 – October 18.

How August’s sky weather affects you will vary, depending on your entire natal chart, but your North Node Horoscope transcends monthly sky events. That’s because your North Node reveals what your soul came here to do. By midlife, the soul starts longing and pressing us to live our true purpose. At first, it whispers through intuition. Then it knocks a little louder through “coincidences” and external events. When not heard and honored, the soul’s longing can show up as health crises, marriage or work issues, or wondering “is this all there is?” If you feel a need to reinvent yourself, following North Node guidance helps you do that authentically — for you.

Unlike generic Sun Sign horoscopes, which ignore so many other aspects, following North Node guidance will always lead you in the right direction. Doors open, healing happens, relationships improve, and life gets more magical. This monthly column will help you tap into your personal North Node Mojo. When you start living your North Node purpose, we all win, because you not only begin to light up your own life. You light up the world.           – Laura


You can find your North Node sign here which is often different than your Sun sign. (If you’re right on a cusp, consider both options, or book a reading for more clarity.)

THIRD QUARTER 2021 NORTH NODE HOROSCOPES

ARIES NORTH NODE: Third Quarter 2021 offers a chance for rebirth. With wounded healer Chiron still transiting Aries, Pluto still squaring from Capricorn, Saturn sextiling from Aquarius, and Venus and the Sun in Libra (your South Node), this quarter could feel intense. Add to that the supportive activation from the transiting nodal axis, and Aries North Node natives will feel pressured to release, heal and move forward. “Intense” does not mean “negative.” Your Libra South Node interprets intensity as “bad,” but this is not the case for you. Aries thrives on intensity and challenge. You yearn to find better ways to get ahead — financially, in your health, in relationships, and in any latent goal. Own that ambition! You can transform desire into courage. Allow yourself to want and seek. This will feel unnatural or even “wrong” sometimes, but your soul desires more individuation this lifetime. When you take necessary action, you empower others to live in more authentic ways for them. They may learn to do things themselves, or develop other partnerships that meet their needs. You do you. Co-dependence hobbles you and makes you miserable. Aim for excellence and let the chips fall where they may. Make room for pleasant surprises.

TAURUS NORTH NODE: Third Quarter 2021 turns up the heat on Taurus North Node natives. In addition to a seven year stay of revolutionary Uranus in Taurus, squares from Aquarius and Leo add friction to your nodal axis. Questions will arise about where you’re headed and where you’ve been. Expect some changes in the way you think about the world, but these new energies will work to your benefit. We live in unprecedented times. Your North Node sign asks you to ground lightning strikes of inspiration and radical change into solid, grounded, Earth-loving pursuits. When in doubt, always come back to the Earth Element. Your Scorpio South Node PTSD might feel triggered this quarter, but you’re not here to crash and burn. You came here to live well. You already know about loss and recovery. Your soul wants to experience hope and the rewards of slow, steady movement “as if.” It’s OK to plan for your future. Find ways to build a sense of safety and security. Nurture growth. Your sign’s ruler, Venus, will transit Libra — the other sign she rules — from August 16-September 10, 2021. This transit empowers Venus, and her energies will quincunx your North Node. Make the most of this energy by creating or enjoying more beauty around your home and body.

GEMINI NORTH NODE: As the transiting North Node continues to move through Gemini, the stars align to get you back on path. Your experiences link closely to the collective right now. It might help to ponder the phrase, “As Within, So Without.” Do this with curiosity, not judgment. Your Sagittarius South Node can easily slip into the blame game, and that saps your energy. You can bring the best of the past into a new form in the present. This intense North Node Return every 18 years or so works in your favor. Whatever or whoever falls away does so because they’re not on path for you. “If not this, then something better” is not just a catch phrase. It becomes a guiding force when the transiting North Node passes through your sign. July encourages you to get grounded. This will improve your health and confidence. If you feel like taking a time out in August, follow that nudge. The dog days of summer make for good siestas or even a mini road trip. With a Gemini North Node, you don’t need to go far away to “get away.” Little trips shift your perspective and give a quick recharge. You’ll also save money, so small adventures allow more frequent forays. Above all, you need to add some fun into your life. Don’t get hung up on what’s supposed to be fun. Just focus on little moments of delight.

CANCER NORTH NODE: This quarter starts strong for Cancer North Node natives, with the Sun shining light in Cancer until July 23. The New Moon in Cancer on July 9-10 offers a karmic reset to help you plan for your future. Nostalgia may arise. Seek to balance the best of the past while also acknowledging where you’ve outgrown it. Allow yourself to daydream a little, then spin those fantasies into action. Uranus continues to sextile mid-Cancer from Taurus, bringing an urge to purge, in preparation for the softer side of life. Instead of judging yourself, experiment with viewing yourself in a new light: fresh, innocent. What qualities are you midwifing into being? You’ll recognize balance by how contracted or expansive you feel. Sometimes contractions trigger birth, so pay attention to emotional messages behind any apparent restrictions. Look for overall trends rather than freaking out if you feel the need to readjust. Shifting focus or needing support does not denote failure. Cancer North Node natives need to find a balance between loneliness or over-responsibility for others vs. cozy cooperation. If something stretches your comfort zone, lean into vulnerability. Share your limitations and ask for help. That stiff upper lip no longer serves you.

LEO NORTH NODE: Third Quarter 2021 ramps up your positive North Node activations. Think “mastery.” Hone your craft and embrace those talents. July invites you to deepen your sense of purpose. Find a balance between form and function. Something should look and sound good, but it also needs to work! Full commitment will yield more satisfying results. Increased love of self and others pervades August. Your hard work in relationships begins to pay off as you integrate masculine and feminine, active and passive energies within yourself. Follow your heart, Leo. It leads you well. Take pride in your appearance, too. Really, you are worth it. September brings a chance to “level up” in all areas. Accept opportunities to dance in the spotlight — metaphorical or otherwise. Give yourself permission to engage anything that makes your heart smile. Earlier efforts bear fruit, and it tastes sweeter when you love who you are and what you do. Leo North Node natives know how to tap into the Aquarian energies of 2021 while adding just the right pizzazz. Don’t be afraid to stand out. It’s your destiny.

VIRGO NORTH NODE: This quarter reminds Virgo North Node natives to focus your mind on what you do want, then follow through with whatever steps you can take right now. When you mentally link something under your influence to something beyond your control, the tiniest shifts can start a chain reaction. Beware of your tendency to carry everyone else’s burden. Sometimes that weight grows too heavy. Practice discernment about which tasks are really essential, versus ones that only seem to fall to you. Your Pisces South Node surrenders to it all, whether or not you like it, and whether or not that fits who you’re becoming. Virgo sometimes earns a reputation of being too critical, but your life path requires you to decide what you do or do not want to experience. You don’t need to accept it all; in fact, you’re not supposed to. You don’t need to be all things to everyone. Boundaries allow you to frame relationships in ways that benefit all involved, including you. Use September’s New Moon in Virgo to clear the miasma. When in doubt, check in with your body. What does it tell you about this situation or relationship? Follow your body’s lead, then check in with your mind. When in doubt, the physical and mental realms guide you better than emotions or a too passive spiritual approach.

LIBRA NORTH NODE: Third Quarter 2021 invites you to “pay it forward.” Think “random acts of kindness” and even “service done in secret.” It’s not about personal accolades or taking credit. You’ll find extra satisfaction when you balance scales without making a big deal of it. As the transiting North Node, Saturn and sometimes Jupiter continue to trine your North Node sign, use this quarter to reassess how you give and receive. Venus, your sign ruler, graces Libra from August 16-September 10, 2021. Allow yourself to revel in beauty, harmony and creativity. You don’t always need to fight your way through. You can use your inner fire as a creative spark that brings into being more of the things you love. If you relax from trying to push so far ahead, you’ll find yourself on higher ground, and in good company. As Buckminster Fuller said, “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Supportive energy from Aquarius makes you more innovative than usual. Look for partnerships that bring out the best in each of you. When you focus on grace, ease and love, you elevate life from mere survival to something exquisite.

SCORPIO NORTH NODE: Use this quarter to focus on feeling safe, secure and discreet. If the world seems like too much right now, then allow yourself a quiet retreat. Take five minutes — or five days — to focus on the cycle of your breath. In, then out, then in, then out. Ride the wave of the breath, and allow it to carry you to distant shores. If you feel trapped, ask to recognize the root of your illusions, and to see your way forward. You’re in a phase of friction, with intense energies squaring your nodal axis. Squares feel uncomfortable, but they produce results! Work these energies to your own advantage. Intuition serves you well, so pay attention. Whenever you see a “problem,” intend to recognize and receive the solution. Sometimes relief will come through other people, and that’s OK. Sometimes you’ll find relief through a deeper connection with your own unconscious or a mystical encounter with the Divine. Your soul wants you to realize how much support you really have. Much of this support comes from the invisible plane, but it does exist. Get in touch with your passions. Who or what gives you courage? Step into your own power by honoring the depth of your experience. Affirm to yourself, “I am strong.” Because you are.

SAGITTARIUS NORTH NODE: Third Quarter 2021 urges you to take the best of the past in preparation for a joyful, wise and strong future. As the transiting North Node continues to move through Gemini, you might feel 180 from most people you know. As always — but especially now — your inner guidance will lead you in better directions than mainstream anything. Deepen your connection with kindred spirits, and take time to dance instead of just plodding through life. When the urge for introspection arises, trust that this, too, is necessary and right for you. The transiting South Node, karmic Saturn and wounded healer Chiron bring a “fated” feeling to your encounters. This past year through December 2021 offers subtle (and sometimes dramatic) course corrections. Look back nine and eighteen years ago for insights into potential upgrades from old patterns. Who or what makes you feel strong? In which ways do you inspire and uplift others? Shine light in dark places. Your spirit soars when you find a philosophy of life that calms the chatter. If you feel overwhelmed by “monkey mind,” then mantra meditation can help. Pick a word or phrase in English, Sanskrit or whatever language triggers an expansive heart. Repeat, and ride into the zone.

CAPRICORN NORTH NODE: By late September, what seems like a loss in July will have revealed itself as a cosmic course correction. 2020’s intense dismantling, troubleshooting and restructuring prepared you to weather whatever storms arise. You can lean into your Cancer South Node intuition, but avoid getting lost in your emotions. Take a practical perspective, assessing what works and what doesn’t. Use the sword of truth to cut through confusion and maintain your integrity. Saturn rules Capricorn, and he’s the cosmic taskmaster. With Lord of the Underworld Pluto still in your North Node sign, Wounded Healer Chiron squaring from Aries, and all the July activity in Cancer, you’re not off the hook yet. Pay attention to anything that feels fated. This quarter might seem intense, but you can work these energies to your advantage. When in doubt, opt for “most efficient and functional.” Don’t allow yourself to feel guilty if you make delicious lemonade out of lemons. If your lemonade stand gains accolades, know that you deserve these. Nourish your skin this quarter, and do something to improve your posture. Practicing victory pose builds confidence and helps you step more into a leadership role.

AQUARIUS NORTH NODE: Third Quarter 2021 brings an unusual two Full Moon’s in Aquarius, adding extra energy to Saturn and Jupiter’s foray there. Your South Node also gets triggered by all the activity in Leo. Pay attention to encounters that seem fated. Some offer opportunities for new connection and collaboration, but just as many could involve release of old energies and karmic ties. Look back to mid-February 2021 to see which energies arose around the time of the New Moon in Aquarius. That was a super Aquarian time, and you’ve had six months to integrate those alignments. Take time to reflect on all the elements coming together. Who are you becoming? With Saturn retrograde in Aquarius until October 10, Third Quarter 2021 might still feel unfinished or restrained. Use this time to innovate and tinker with your “plans.” Whenever the North Node gets frequent or persistent hits, we feel the hand of destiny orchestrating events. Your ego might not like that, but your soul appreciates this course correction. Align your inner compass for the next 18 years.

PISCES NORTH NODE: This quarter begins with both of your North Node sign’s co-rulers in Pisces. Jupiter remains in Pisces until July 28, when he moves into Aquarius and then returns to Pisces on December 28. Neptune’s here for the long haul. Jupiter and Neptune make for extra strong Pisces energy, emphasizing beauty faith, and healing. July offers an introspective preview of 2022, so take notes on what you love and what you’d love to experience in more harmonious ways. When planning for your future, always leave room for the Great Mystery with a capital M. Your Virgo South Node wants to know what’s next — along with all the how’s — but that attitude leads to misery. You’ll feel more inspired, grounded and abundant when you prioritize the spiritual and emotional above the material and mental. August could challenge you with continued squares from the transiting nodal axis, as well as quincunx energy from Leo. Whenever you feel worried or discouraged, start a gratitude list. Your Virgo South Node loves lists! A gratitude list not only gives you something to do, it also reminds you of a much larger story unfolding through your life. Quiet power is still power. Allow the still, small voice to guide and soothe.

Magical Birch and Fall Colors

Just a quick post I’ve been trying to add for awhile. The weeping birch has gone full on faery condo, with a magical mushroom stairway to heaven, and a little woodpecker friend hollowing out the trunk. I have THE hardest time photographing this tree and getting it to load here, but hopefully this time will work. 🙂

Faery Stairway to Heaven

I love how the tree almost looks like a singing cyclops. Mums and asters are in their autumn glory, too:

Yesterday, my mood hair decided to join the party by taking on a purplish undertone to the more usual auburn. I say mood hair, because it changes color with my mood. The happier I get, the redder it gets, but if I get really, really joyful, it turns more purple. The background colors are off due to the light, but my hair and clothes are accurately portrayed. The connection between our environment and ourselves is often closer than we think!

In these crazy energies, make sure you take a moment each day to enjoy whatever you can around you. Life is magical — sometimes even more so when the world around gets more intense. Peace and a peeking owl to you and yours!

Late Summer in the Garden

The days are getting shorter, and the light has softened, dipping slightly lower in the sky. The blooms of summer have subtly shifted into more of an autumn palette — still bright and yet somehow tinged with more golds, reds and brownish pinks. Here are some photos from today and yesterday.

Zinnias begin to come into their glory as we move into Autumn:

zinnias

The first of several green striped cushaw squash made an appearance, alongside some marigolds and at least two more winter squash buddies. These cushaw squash grow to the size of toddlers with almost zero effort:

Green striped cushaw

Garlic chives bloom at this time of year instead of in spring like their purple cousins. Here you can see this popular insect spot, alongside purple leaf shiso (great in a hazelnut pesto!), eggplant, tomatoes, parsley, bush basil, zinnias, and cosmos.

garlic chives and shiso

The sweet potatoes in the Haus Am See trough are getting ready to bloom alongside lettuce, purple cabbage and zinnias, and some of the perennials are finally starting to take root. The trough further back currently has another white scallop squash plant, lettuce, cosmos and calendula, but I recently seeded it with cold hardy Lucullus chard and giant winter spinach. Once those come in, the squash might go. I can’t keep up with the single one I have growing out back — not sure why I planted a second! The sunflowers all over the yard continue to attract dozens of goldfinches, bees, and silly squirrels and chipmunks who climb the stems.

blue house troughs

Blackeyed Susan’s really shine at this time of year:

black eyed Susan's

… and sedum has begun its shift from white to pink to deep reddish brown:

misty sedum

I will leave you with yesterday’s bouquet speedily put together between thunderstorms and carefully delivered to David’s mom. As I stretch the seasons of bloom, I believe she’s up to about 35 weekly bouquets per year — not bad for a former wasteland in zone 5b, but I am determined to do even better!

late August bouquet

Blessed Be … and be the blessing.

Charter for Real Food

I just received an update from Polish Food and Farmers. ICPPC – International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside is led by partners Jadwiga Lopata and Julian Rose. Those who’ve followed the events in Poland already know how ICPPC fights to protect small and medium farmers from BigAg takeover. This update contains a “Charter for Real Food,” which cities, towns and/or states might want to consider as a template for their own food sovereignty movement. As always, thank you to Jadwiga and Julian for their tireless activism and commitment to real food, real farmers and by extension, real culture. Here’s their newsletter below:

“Direct From the Farmer” Gains Ground!

The new government in Poland is responding to our campaign to free-up the drastically repressive food and hygiene regulations that have dogged the Country’s small and medium sized farmers for decades. Up until now, governments have outlawed the sale of on-farm processed foods unless farmers establish their operations as a separate business and in a separate hygienically sanitised building; something that is unaffordable to the great majority of small farmers whose holdings typically range from between 3 and 10 hectares.

However, an International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside campaign to change this position and to free-up Poland’s 1.3 million small family farms to operate autonomously – and to direct-sell their produce locally – is gaining momentum and is not, thus far, seen as being at odds with the agenda of the new government.

ICPPC has now produced a Charter for Real Food (see below) which outlines the key factors essential to maintaining both food security and food sovereignty in Poland. The Charter has already been signed by a significant number of farmers, organizations and individuals and has been sent to parliamentarians and to the Minister of Agriculture and The Environment.

At the same time we are writing a new Act ourselves, in close consultation with other farmers. The Act will spell-out conditions for a farmer-friendly supply and demand market, critical to the survival of family farming traditions in Poland. In this, we have been fortunate to have the support of the new chairman of the Agricultural Committee (Jaroslaw Sachajko) in the Sejme (Polish parliament) who is a prominent member of the Kukis’15 movement which attracted 12% of the vote in the recent (October 2015) elections. Working closely with Sachajko has enabled us to form the wording of the new Act into the necessary legal terminology to be presented to parliament.

It is noteworthy that the government is open for such a ‘citizen led’ initiative. However, hammering out the exact wording among a group farmers and supportive consumers is a tough undertaking; but one which Jadwiga has taken-on with determination.

For those who have followed the story:
The European Commission stated outright, back in 2001, that it is the EU’s intention to eradicate the peasant farming tradition in Poland – and no doubt anywhere else where it survives – and to restructure its agriculture by merging small farms into large scale enterprises able to ‘be competitive in the world market’. We all know what that means: large scale agrochemical monoculture exporting commodities onto the highly volatile global market place.

Whatever emerges in 2016, we remain committed to helping ‘hold the Polish line’ made up as it is of small and medium sized independent family farms forming both the bedrock and backbone of the nation’s essential food security and sovereignty. Let’s hope that the fruits of this ongoing struggle ultimately be felt far beyond Poland’s borders.

You can donate to ICPPC’s activities here
http://icppc.pl/index.php/en/support-us.html

Many thanks!

Jadwiga Lopata and Julian Rose
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ICPPC – International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside,
34-146 Stryszow 156, Poland tel./fax +48 33 8797114 biuro@icppc.pl
www.icppc.pl www.gmo.icppc.pl www.eko-cel.pl
Julian’s website ABOUT BOOK: www.julianrose.info

Charter for Real Food

In respect for the fine tradition of peasant and family farming that uniquely maintains the rich and productive biodiversity of the Polish Countryside and some of the finest farm foods available in Europe, we (the below) call upon the government to put into immediate affect the points stated in this ‘Charter for Real Food’

* That special dispensation is given to small and medium sized independent family farms to process and sell their home raised and home processed farmhouse foods without being required to comply with inappropriate and unnecessary hygiene and sanitary conditions designed for large commercial businesses.

* That recognition and support is given to the vital role that small and medium sized independent family farms play in protecting and maintaining the vital food sovereignty and food security of the nation’s primary food supply.

* That equally, recognition and support is given to the key role that small and medium-sized family farms play in protecting the essential biodiversity of nature that characterises the special quality of the Polish Countryside.

* That consumers, requiring good quality natural foods in order to maintain a robust and long lasting natural health, are given ample opportunity to choose to buy such foods from within their local communities.

* That, following on from this, small shops, schools, local restaurants and markets are not restricted or prohibited from purchasing a fully diverse range of local foods from (good) local farmers.

* That further to this, consumers are encouraged to understand the superior health value of local fresh and flavourful foods that maintain their full complement of natural vitamins and nutrients.

* That a sincere effort is made to catalyse a renaissance of ‘real food from real farmers’, the benefits of which will extend to a rejuvenation of local rural economies and a flowering of the arts and culture of the Polish Countryside.

* That the government, gives ample opportunity to young and aspiring farmers, to rent productive land currently held by government agencies, for the purpose of maintaining a career in farming both now and in perpetuity for their children.