Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Gemini New Moon, 2014

This week's Gemini New Moon offers us a chance to change our perceptions and open our minds to new ways of seeing and experiencing the world.   You can read more about the Gemini New Moon at: www.wisdom-of-astrology.com
Just scroll down to the New Moon link.



Mindful -- Mary Oliver

Mindful

Every day
I see or hear
something
that more or less

kills me
with delight,
that leaves me
like a needle

in the haystack
of light.
It was what I was born for -
to look, to listen,

to lose myself
inside this soft world -
to instruct myself
over and over

in joy,
and acclamation.
Nor am I talking
about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful,
the very extravagant -
but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab,

the daily presentations.
Oh, good scholar,
I say to myself,
how can you help

but grow wise
with such teachings
as these -
the untrimmable light

of the world,
the ocean's shine,
the prayers that are made
out of grass?

~ Mary Oliver ~

(Why I Wake Early)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

What do we love as things fall apart?

This Scorpio Full Moon--the Wesak Moon under which the Buddha was enlightened--is all about facing your fears and letting things go that need to go.

Here's a poem by one of my favorite poets.



A Morning Offering

I bless the night that nourished my heart
To set the ghosts of longing free
Into the flow and figure of dream
That went to harvest from the dark
Bread for the hunger no one sees.

All that is eternal in me
Welcome the wonder of this day,
The field of brightness it creates
Offering time for each thing
To arise and illuminate.

I place on the altar of dawn:
The quiet loyalty of breath,
The tent of thought where I shelter,
Wave of desire I am shore to
And all beauty drawn to the eye.

May my mind come alive today
To the invisible geography
That invites me to new frontiers,
To break the dead shell of yesterdays,
To risk being disturbed and changed.

May I have the courage today
To live the life that I would love,
To postpone my dream no longer
But do at last what I came here for
And waste my heart on fear no more.

~ John O'Donohue ~    To Bless the Space Between Us

Monday, March 24, 2014

Living a Symbolic Life: Spring Equinox





At Spring Equinox, we come to a balance of light and dark, of death and rebirth.  Of Self and Other.  This next year we have to learn how to be in balance, within ourselves and with each other.    

And that means we have to value and respect our intuition as well as our thinking, women as equal partners with men.   The Divine Feminine is returning to our world, not to take over, but to bring to birth a new vision of life, which the Divine Masculine helps her build.   A new union of opposites is taking place—equality between feminine and masculine energies.  Men and women, masculine and feminine spirit united and working together will help birth the next stage of life here on our Mother Earth.   The test is if we can finally honor and listen to Feminine Wisdom, the intuitive knowledge of how to heal our world, and finally do something about it!  So far, patriarchy has stopped us.  But it won’t win.  Evolution happens.

The tests will come through our relationships and personal needs, through standing up with courage and leading when it’s called for, by being creative and adding our voices to our collective dialogue.  
  
The Cosmic Story tells us that we can succeed in changing the world if we do our part.   We have to take action, in whatever we feel passionate about.  

The Grand Cross that’s been forming in the skies all Winter is telling us a story—a story about energies that need expressing.  If we listen to the story, we can consciously use these energies so we have a chance to be catalysts of change in the world.  Or we can let the energies—and powers that be—keep us out of the story and use us. 

That means we have to change ourselves before anything else can happen. 
So please vote to live out your highest Self, the Self your soul came into this lifetime to be-- to heal the Earth and evolve humanity.  This Self is a union of Sophia and the Christ, Wisdom and Self-Awareness.  We’ve been cut off from it for too long.  Now we can see who we are meant to be.  Conscious Human Beings!

  That’s what the Cosmic Story is about now—it’s say we need to go on the heroine’s journey that takes us within; and we also need to go on the hero’s journey which takes us out into the world.  Know which of these journeys is before you—and take it!  

Send Your Love Into the Future.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Blessing for St. Patrick's Day--John O'Donohue

Beannacht -- John O'Donohue

Beannacht
("Blessing")

On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.

And when your eyes
freeze behind
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green,
and azure blue
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.

~ John O'Donohue ~

(Echoes of Memory)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Here's a good Pisces Sun/Virgo Moon meditation from Thomas Merton.

In Silence

Be still.
Listen to the stones of the wall.
Be silent, they try
To speak your

Name.
Listen
To the living walls.
Who are you?
Who
Are you? Whose
Silence are you?

Who (be quiet)
Are you (as these stones
Are quiet). Do not
Think of what you are
Still less of
What you may one day be.
Rather
Be what you are (but who?) be
The unthinkable one
You do not know.

O be still, while
You are still alive,
And all things live around you
Speaking (I do not hear)
To your own being,
Speaking by the Unknown
That is in you and in themselves.

"I will try, like them
To be my own silence:
And this is difficult. The whole
World is secretly on fire. The stones
Burn, even the stones
They burn me. How can a man be still or
Listen to all things burning? How can he dare
To sit with them
When all their silence
Is on fire?"

~ Thomas Merton ~

(The Strange Islands: Poems by Thomas Merton)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Some Thoughts on Creativity

I'm linking you to a wonderful article on Creativity.  It reminds me that this is how we connect with Lady Wisdom-- not just with our right and left brain, but with the combination that includes the mystical brain.

"Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly out of nowhere and then fail to show up when we most need them, and creative thinking requires complex cognition yet is completely distinct from the thinking process.

Neuroscience paints a complicated picture of creativity. As scientists now understand it, creativity is far more complex than the right-left brain distinction would have us think (the theory being that left brain = rational and analytical, right brain = creative and emotional). In fact, creativity is thought to involve a number of cognitive processes, neural pathways and emotions, and we still don't have the full picture of how the imaginative mind works. "

Continue at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/04/creativity-habits_n_4859769.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false#sb=730435b=facebook

Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Pisces Prayer



I HAVE COME INTO THIS WORLD TO SEE THIS -- Hafiz

I have come into this world to see this: the sword drop from men's hands even at the height of their arc of anger because we have finally realized there is just one flesh to wound and it is His - the Christ's, our Beloved.
I have come into this world to see this: all creatures hold hands as we pass through this miraculous existence we share on the way to even a greater being of soul, a being of just ecstatic light, forever entwined and at play with Him.
  I have come into this world to hear this: every song the earth has sung since it was conceived in the Divine's womb and began spinning from His wish, every song by wing and fin and hoof, every song by hill and field and tree and woman and child, every song of stream and rock, every song of tool and lyre and flute, every song of gold and emerald and fire, every song the heart should cry with magnificent dignity to know itself as God: for all other knowledge will leave us again in want and aching—only imbibing the glorious Sun will complete us.
I have come into this world to experience this: men so true to love they would rather die before speaking an unkind word, men so true their lives are His covenant—the promise of hope. I have come into this world to see this: the sword drop from men's hand even at the height of their arc of rage because we have finally realized there is just one flesh we can wound.  ~ Hafiz ~
(Love Poems From God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West by Daniel Ladinsky)