Friday, April 20, 2018

Thoughts On Earth Day 2018

Earth Day 2018

The earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected.

Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. We did not weave the web of life, we are merely strands in it. Whatever we do to the web we do to ourselves." 

Chief Seattle


This Sunday, April 22nd, marks the 48th Anniversary of Earth Day. 48 Years! Almost ½ a century. And yet still we continue to pollute our Home. We still are unweaving those webs of life. And we are doing it to ourselves. For Mother Earth was here in the beginning and She will outlast us until the end.

So who do we celebrate Earth Day for? Mother Earth or ourselves? 
We celebrate Earth Day to remind ourselves that we are part of that web of life. Here in Rhode Island, people will gather in parks and by the ocean to clean up the trash we leave behind, as if the home we all share is a giant trash can. Or people will go hiking or biking, fishing or camping to get out of the house and into Nature.

But Chief Joseph was talking about something more when he said that we are strands in the weave of life. It isn’t enough for us to go play and enjoy nature, just as it isn’t enough to try to ‘save’ our natural resources – although we need to do those things.

We have to figure out how to get back into alignment with Mother Earth and the rest of her children. We have to stop removing ourselves from this beautiful tapestry of life and weave ourselves back into it. 
The Earth has been communicating with us all along about the problems our consumer lifestyle causes her. But we haven’t been listening. Or else, we listen and choose to ignore her call. This American administration and global corporate interests are trying their hardest to ignore her call. They want to take us backwards and reverse the healing we’ve already accomplished since that first Earth Day in 1970. 
After 48 years, we’re at a tipping point, for the people of the world are finally acknowledging the fact that extreme climate change is a reality and it’s happening now. And if we are really still part of Mother Earth’s weaving, then perhaps the intense fires and hurricanes, the tornadoes and cold weather are outer examples of our inner feelings. Because just as Mother Earth is being raped and defiled, so are ‘we the people’ being killed by wars we don’t want, by diseases caused by the poisons and pollution our industries spew out into our air, food and waters, and by an old masculine culture of domination and violence that refuses to give up its power to those who want to work at healing, peace and cooperation.

So what can we do this 48th Earth Day to change course? How do we really connect with Mother Earth and her tapestry of life?

Connecting to the Earth entails more than keeping our carbon emissions low and recycling, although these are ways we try to clean up the pollution generated by our modern life-style. Connecting to the Earth isn’t just going for a hike in the mountains or swimming in the ocean, although these are times when we can commune with nature. Connecting to the Earth is about connecting to the energies and life force of all of Earth’s other children. It’s about acknowledging that we are One with all of Nature.

First, connecting to the Earth demands that we become conscious of our bodies, our own private bit of Earth. That means we need to stop buying poisoned foods and being entranced by the psychic pollution of most movies and TV. Connecting to the Earth begins when we can feel reverence for our land, our air, our waters, when we can ‘love our neighbors/all our relations (including Earth) as ourselves’. Connecting to Mother Earth means connecting with our feminine nature and bringing our masculine nature into balance. That means letting the forces of connection and love become the basis of our reasoning and action. 
It also means listening to our bodies and therefore our feelings about what we see and experience in nature. How these feelings change us and open us to new possibilities. The Earth teaches us that life is passion and patience, stillness and motion, joy and sorrow, pain and pleasure. She helps us expand our consciousness and become more of who we are meant to be. 
Connecting to the Earth begins when we re-examine our beliefs about our place in Earth’s ecosystem. Can we really use the Earth’s resources however we want without consequences? Can we use up all Earth resources for our obsessive consumerism without thought for who might need those resources in the future?
Are humans just as much a part of Earth’s ecology as wind and fire and water? We need to discover what our relationship to the Earth is. Are we the stewards of the Earth or perhaps Earth’s consciousness itself? Unless we discover our place in the Earth’s living biosphere, we won’t know how to honor the Earth. 
Most ancient cultures that lived close to the Earth - the Celts, the Aborigines, the Native Americans, and Western culture itself until the sixteenth century - revered Earth as the Mother. They knew they were made from the dust of this Earth, that they shared this Earth with the other animals, the trees and plants, the rivers and seas. They knew that they were part of the Great Round of Nature, one with all the other works of the Mother. They knew that just as the animals gave up their lives to feed and nourish human beings, so too, human beings gave back their lives to the Great Mother when death took us. They understood the wisdom and necessity of the cyclic processes of Her mysteries, and they lived within that cycle of gestation and birth, growth and maturing, death and regeneration as in the protective circle of a mother's arms. 
For them, the Earth was animate and divine; She set the rhythms of life for all Her children. She was the Divine Nourisher and Sustainer, giving humans beautiful children and plentiful harvests; She was also the Divine Destroyer, taking back Her own. She was, and is, the bedrock and foundation of all that draw their life from Her. The Greeks saw her this way:
The Mother of us all
the oldest of all
splendid as rock

Whatever there is that is of
the land
it is she
who nourishes it,

It is the Earth I sing.

Before humanity looked to the heavens for their gods, we looked to Mother Earth as the supreme Goddess of life. We were Earth’s children, just as the animals, land, plants and waters were hers. As we face the results of our own misuse and abuse of the Earth, we have to admit we haven’t treated our mother very well. Who among us would rape, degrade and pillage a beloved mother and nurturer in this way? And yet we do, because our forefathers told us that the Earth was dead matter and we were special, meant to rule the Earth, not care for it. And so we kill off species without a thought. Unfortunately, as we kill the animals and rape the land, we are killing ourselves.

We have come a long way from our origins, and today, our consumer-driven consciousness is such that we have forgotten this generous and dangerous Mother. While Western religions have tried to strengthened our individual sense of morals and values (although if we look at some fundamentalists we can see they haven’t), for the most part these beliefs separated us from a positive relationship with the Earth. They all saw this ancient Goddess as evil, and later condemned all things of the Earth as illusionary and sinful. They all came to believe that a ‘better life’ awaited us in some imagined heaven, rather than making this Earth a paradise. 
Since the Industrial Revolution, our scientific rational world view taught us that Earth was only inanimate matter. Rejecting her divinity, and even her aliveness, we felt safe defiling, raping and poisoning the Earth. Leaving science to investigate the complexities of life, people no longer honored Earth's mysteries of life, and so we forget that we are also a part of the Great Round of Life. 
As we learned to control and use the Earth, we found that we could also control our instinctual nature, and the mind and the ideal of pure spirit became more important than the body and its experience of soul. We removed ourselves from living contact with our Mother Earth: by covering the land over with our cities and roads; by explaining Her mysteries as scientific facts and nothing more; by living in our heads rather than in our hearts and bodies. We substituted a one-dimensional observing of life for the wisdom of the experience of life.

Whether we acknowledge it or not, we are held and sustained within the arms of Mother Earth. Just as surely, the life of Planet Earth is now in our hands. Earth is the only home we have. How could we have gotten so separated from our home that we would come close to destroying it with our poisons and our waste, our wars and our unsustainable economy and population? We are faced with the stark truth of climate change disrupting our weather patterns, warming and melting the glaciers at alarming rates and heating up the Atlantic Gulf Stream, which is slowing down to a 1,000 year low.

The radiation from Fukushima has contaminated 1/3 of the Earth’s oceans, while the rest of our waters are polluted by plastic and antibiotics and other medicines that we piss away into our water tables. By allowing our governments to ignore these signs of global warming, we are taking away our children’s future. I am proud to say that it is by far women who remember our relationship with our mother Earth, and who have become spokeswomen for her Sovereignty. We have a choice to remember our responsibility to our children’s children for seven generations. 
So this Earth Day, make a pledge to connect in a different way with Mother Earth. Connect through your heart, through your imagination and through your spiritual vision. Join the Dance – Earth’s Dance – and know that you and She and We are all connected.

In Praise of the Earth
by John O’Donohue
Let us bless
The imagination of the Earth,
That knew early the patience
To harness the mind of time,
Waited for the seas to warm,
Ready to welcome the emergence
Of things dreaming of voyaging
Among the stillness of land.

And how light knew to nurse
The growth until the face of the Earth
Brightened beneath a vision of color.

When the ages of ice came
And sealed the Earth inside
An endless coma of cold,
The heart of the Earth held hope,
Storing fragments of memory,
Ready for the return of the sun.

Let us thank the Earth
That offers ground for home
And holds our feet firm
To walk in space open
To infinite galaxies.

Let us salute the silence
And certainty of mountains:
Their sublime stillness,
Their dream-filled hearts.

The wonder of a garden
Trusting the first warmth of spring
Until its black infinity of cells
Becomes charged with dream;
Then the silent, slow nurture
Of the seed’s self, coaxing it
To trust the act of death.

The humility of the Earth
That transfigures all
That has fallen
Of outlived growth.

The kindness of the Earth,
Opening to receive
Our worn forms
Into the final stillness.

Let us ask forgiveness of the Earth
For all our sins against her:
For our violence and poisonings
Of her beauty.

Let us remember within us
The ancient clay,
Holding the memory of seasons,
The passion of the wind,
The fluency of water,
The warmth of fire,
The quiver-touch of the sun
And shadowed sureness of the moon.

That we may awaken,
To live to the full
The dream of the Earth
Who chose us to emerge
And incarnate its hidden night
In mind, spirit, and light.

To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings by John O’Donohue

© 2018 - Cathy Pagano All Rights Reserved Excepts from Wisdom’sDaughters: How Women Can Change the World.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Brigid, Goddess of Imbolc

Brigid, Goddess of Imbolc
Goddess of Poetry, Smithcraft and Healing

Brigid ~ Helena Nelson Reed

On February 2nd, we celebrate Imbolc, the second gateway of the Wheel of the Year. Imbolc is one the four main Celtic Fire Festivals, sacred to Brigid, the Goddess of poetry, smithcraft and healing. She is a goddess of Fire and Water. As Rumi says, “Love is the Water of Life. And a Lover is a Soul of Fire. The Universe turns differently when Fire Loves Water.” Brigid brings this passion to her creativity.

At this 2nd gateway of the year, we begin to envision what the new Light and energy born at Winter Solstice might become. We are still in the beginning times, so go gently.

Imbolc means 'ewe's milk' because this is the time when spring lambs are born and the mother ewe's milk comes in. The lamb's birth promises returning life and light to the world, despite the snow and frost that still linger in the land. Spring finally arrives at Spring Equinox around March 21st, when the Light and Dark are equal and the Earth begins to warm up and then fully blossoms at Beltaine on May 1st
Since it is still dark and cold outside, Imbolc is also a season of introversion, silence and vision. The unknown spark born at Winter Solstice is beginning to take shape and form. If we envision what this new life is growing to be, we can hold it in our intention and nurture it into being in the spring. This is where our celebration of Ground Hog Day comes from—the ancient prophetic signs in nature were seen and understood. Weather magic and prophecy are just a few treasures of this season.

At Imbolc, Spirit lights us up so we can see the possibilities of our future. Christians call it Candlemas, and we can light candles and make wishes and set intentions, visualizing what we intend to manifest this coming year. It's important to remember that we are here to participate in the world, letting our spiritual light shine out. We have to honor this gift and grace that is offered us by re-dedicating ourselves to our purpose. We have to put in the time and effort to manifest our vision or else the energy gets dissipated and lost. 
Since Ibolc is such an introvert festival, it has been associated with women's mysteries, although it speaks to the feminine spirit within both women and men. It's a time to go down to the well of our inspiration and renew our creative spirit. Like the Divine Feminine Spirit, we create our vision in the Imagination/quantum field so it can manifest.

Brigid, the Celtic goddess of the fires of the forge and the hearth, of poetry, healing, childbirth, and unity, is celebrated in many European countries. She is known by many names, including that of Saint Brigid who is, perhaps, the most powerful religious figure in Irish history. Her cult was so powerful that the Celtic Christian Church had to adopt her as a Saint, and the Roman Catholic Church followed suit, for her people would not abandon her. Along with St. Patrick, she is the patron Saint of Ireland. St. Brigit is often referred to as Muire na nGael ‘Mary of the Gael’. The name Brigit itself means either ‘Fiery Arrow’, ‘Bright One’, or ‘High One’ in the ancient Celtic language, referring to her solar aspect, as she is a goddess of Light and Flame. 
Brigid, Brigit or Brighid (pronounced Breed) is an important Celtic Triple goddess, changing form from Maiden to Mother to Crone. She is the patroness of poetry, healing and smithcraft, all different forms of using the creative fires of life with practical and inspired wisdom. As a solar deity Her attributes are light, inspiration and all skills associated with fire. Although She might not be identified with the physical Sun, She is certainly the benefactress of inner healing and vital energy.

Robert Graves calls her 'the White Goddess' but she's not all sweetness and light—she has her dark side, especially if we don't hold up our part of the bargain. She is a Muse that inspires, but can also be fickle if we prove unworthy of her gift. We must do something with that gift of creativity or we will lose it. 

Brigid of the Woods
Brigid is a goddess of natural springs, those magical places on the Earth where sacred and life-giving waters suddenly flow out of the Earth. A gift of Life from Mother Earth. Ireland is full of springs and wells named after the goddess Brigid. As Water deity, Brigid is the patroness of healers, with many healing springs and wells dedicated to Her throughout the British Isles. Symbolically, water is a portal to the Otherworld and a source of wisdom and healing. Water is also associated with psychic ability, music, and poetry. Natural bodies of water were also sacred to her, particularly where three streams joined together. There is a saying that Brigid rewards any offering to her, so offerings of coins were often tossed into her wells...the forerunner of the modern custom of throwing a penny into a fountain while you make a wish. 
One of the most popular tales of the goddess Brigid involved two lepers who appeared at her sacred well at Kildare and asked to be healed. She told them that they were to bathe each other until the skin healed. After the first one was healed, he felt only revulsion for the other and would not touch him to bathe him. Angered, Brigid caused his leprosy to return. Then she gently placed her mantle (cloak) around the other leper who was immediately healed.

The story of Brigid's birth says a lot about her powers of vision, hope and new life.
Born at the exact moment of daybreak, Brigid rose into the sky with the sun, rays of fire beaming from her head. She was the daughter of Dagda, the great 'father-god' of Ireland.  The infant goddess was fed with milk from a sacred cow from the Otherworld. Brigid also owned an apple orchard in the Otherworld and her bees would bring their magical nectar back to earth. It is said that wherever she walked, small flowers and shamrocks would appear. 

         As a sun goddess her gifts are light (consciousness), inspiration, and the vital and healing energy of the sun.

         At her most famous shrine Brigid taught humans how to gather and use herbs for their healing properties, how to care for their livestock, and how to forge iron into tools. As for this art of smithcraft, we need both the hottest fires and cooling waters to temper our swords and our plowshares. Both these elements spring from acting with Love. As a goddess of childbirth and protector of all children, she is the patroness of midwifery.
           This shrine, near Kildare, was located near an ancient Oak that was considered to be sacred by the Druids, so sacred in fact that no one was allowed to bring a weapon there. The shrine is believed to have been an ancient college of priestesses who were committed to thirty years of service, after which they were free to leave and marry. During their first ten years they received training, the next ten were spent tending the sacred wells, groves and hills of the goddess Brigid, and the last decade was spent in teaching others. Nineteen priestesses were assigned to tend the perpetual flame of the sacred fire of Brigid. Each was assigned to keep the flames alive for one day. On the twentieth day, the goddess Brigid herself kept the fire burning brightly.

           The Christian monastery eventually built upon the site of her sacred shrine continued this tradition and became known as a great European center of learning and culture. Indeed, it was instrumental in preserving much ancient learning and literature during the Dark Ages. 

          The goddess Brigid was also revered as the Irish goddess of poetry and song. Known for her hospitality to poets, musicians, and scholars, she is known as the Irish muse of poetry. So Brigid is the goddess of Bards, musicians and poets, the Muse who inspires. Brigid's fire and water nurtures our inspiration, our ability to 'breath in spirit' which helps us create poetry as well as healing. She is our Muse, who inspires our soul. 
Patricia Banker ~ 3 Brigids
Brigid is patroness of poetry and bardic lore as well as bards themselves, who were the oral transmitters of the Celtic culture. This includes storytellers, folklorists, mythologists, balladeers, singers, composers, poets, musicians, particularly harpers, historians and clan genealogists. She provided the ‘fire in the head’ of poetic inspiration. The Bards are the surviving class of the Druids, keeping the ancient traditions alive until the present day. Bards were the honoured guests from cottage to castle, patronized and supported by a network of clientele. The word file – poet, is related to the word faicto see. Poets are inspired by the Other World, and have the gift of prophecy. 
As the patroness of poetry and bardic lore, she is the primal retainer of culture and learning. The bansidhe and the filidh, Woman of the Fairy Hills and the class of Seer-poets, respectively, preserve the poetic function of Brigid by keeping the oral tradition alive. It is widely believed that those poets who have gone before inhabit the realms between the worlds, overlapping into ours so that the old songs and stories will be heard and repeated. Thus does Brigid fulfill the function of providing a continuity by inspiring and encouraging us.

Brigid was also the patron of prophets and seers. She was said to have foreseen the future of Christ when she was his nurse:
The augury Brigit made for her Foster son (Jesus)
She made a pipe within her palms:
‘I see the Foster son by the well’s side,
Teaching the people assuredly
I set the augury towards the well,
And truly that was righteous work,
The King of kings teaching the people,
Yonder I see Christ, assuredly.

          Water and Fire are both associated with divination. Celtic Seers divine by both looking deeply into water or into the flames.
As patroness of Smiths, Brigid blessed the smith with creativity and vision. Smiths in any tribe were seen as holding a sacred trust and were associated with magical powers since smithcrafting involved mastering the primal element of Fire, molding the metal (from Earth) through skill, knowledge and strength. Concepts of smithcraft are connected to stories concerning the creation of the world, utilizing all of the Elements to create and fuse a new shape. This new creation is also within Brigid's power, for she inspires us to create our life anew each year by opening our vision to our soul's possibilities.

In many ways, Brigid carries the whole blessing of the Celtic psyche—its creativity, vision, memory and power. Brigid represents the sister or maiden aspect of the Great Goddess. She has never been an abstraction but remain inseparable from daily life. The fires of inspiration, as demonstrated in poetry, and the fires of the home and the forge are seen as identical. There is no separation between the inner and the outer worlds. The tenacity with which the traditions surrounding Brigid have survived, even the saint as the thinly-disguised Goddess, clearly indicates Her importance.

Copyright Cathy Pagano 2018

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Wisdom for the 12 Days of Christmas

Wisdom For the 12 Days of Christmas

Lady Wisdom

As such, she was known to alchemists as Sapientia,
Lady Wisdom, Lady Nature, Alkimia.

We celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas as a time between times. It is the time when the old year dies and everything returns to chaos, so that new birth is possible.
We also assign astrological signs to each day, beginning with the evening and the following day counting as one day. So Christmas night's dream is an Aries dream and the day after was the Aries day. Last night's dream (12/26) is Taurus, and so is today etc. 
If you don't remember your dreams, watch what goes on everyday. All is sacred, especially during this time between times. 
We invoke Wisdom for these 12 days. 
Lady Wisdom is so needed at this time in the world. So She comes to bestow her wise gifts on us. Please take the time to recognize them and honor them.

Lady Wisdom Speaks: A Christmas Blessing (12/25/17)

Let your hearts be at peace.
You are Loved.
So why hold back your Love?
Give it freely to your world.
Shower those shut-down hearts
With the glorious Light of your Love.
IT will Seep into their bones like smoke.
Stretch your Heart Wide Open
Never be ashamed to Love.

The 1st Day of Christmas: Aries: Who am I?  (12/26/17) 

The Wisdom of Aries is that we have to incarnate with a special purpose.  Who am I? is the question we have to ask.  So let's look first at the cosmic laws that govern our incarnation.  This is where we find Wisdom.

Who is Lady Wisdom? She is the Sophia, partner of the Christ – his equal and balance. She is the Light of Nature, the Cosmic Laws that create our universe. She is the Code.

For in her is the spirit of understanding; . . . loving that which is good, quick, beneficent, gentle, kind, steadfast, assured, secure, . . . intelligible, pure, subtle: for Wisdom is more active than all active things;. . . For she is the brightness of eternal light, and the unspotted mirror of God’s majesty, and the image of his goodness. . . . For she is more beautiful than the Sun, and above all the order of the stars: being compared with the light, she is found before it. For after this cometh night, but no evil can overcome Wisdom.” Wisdom 7:22-30

The 2nd Day of Christmas: Taurus: What are my values? (12/27/17)

The Wisdom of Taurus is that Love and Beauty are gifts that create Life here on Earth.
If Lady Wisdom is the Light of Nature (cosmic laws) in Aries, She manifests here on Earth as Taurus’ most cherished value – Love.  Love of the Earth and of Life. She comes to us from the ancient Greeks as Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love (of all kinds), Sexuality (of all kinds), Wisdom (body/soul/spirit), Connection, Independence, Peace, the Arts. 


Love is the Water of Life.
And a Lover is a Soul of Fire.
The Universe turns differently
When Fire Loves Water.

Driven by the force of Love the fragments of the world seek each other that the world may come into Being.
                                          Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Do not be angry with beauty
because it is beautiful. . .
Every earthly Venus,
like the first Venus of Heaven,
Is a dark birth
which emerges out of the endless sea.
                                                Friedrich von Schiller

The 3rd Day of Christmas: Gemini: How Do You Experience the World?

The Wisdom of Gemini is to understand life we have to experience life.We experience the world through our Taurus values and beliefs. With Gemini, anything goes because experience is how we organize our world, how we gain knowledge. There’s no right or wrong – it’s just how we experience it. So how do we find Wisdom in those experiences? Because knowledge and Wisdom are different.

The only source of knowledge is experience.”
                                                                       Albert Einstein

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”
                                                                       Albert Einstein

Wisdom preacheth abroad; she uttereth her voice in the streets: At the head of multitudes she crieth out, in the entrance of the gates of the city she uttereth her words, saying: Oh children, how long will ye love childishness?”
                                                                      Proverbs 1:20-22

The 4th Day of Christmas: Cancer: What do I need to thrive?

The Wisdom of Cancer is that our emotional intelligence can tell us what is important to us.   Now that we’ve seen the world and experienced its many facets, what do we really want out of life? What is it that will make us thrive? It’s our emotional body that tells us what it is, not our logical mind. 
We are looking for the Pearl of Great Price, our soul’s desire.

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
— Matthew 13:45-46

The Pearl of Great Price is found by diligent seeking.

Have you ever wondered why the Pearl so often symbolizes the very kindling of light in the darkness of which Jung speaks? Not only does the Pearl represent the number 30 but it also images the brilliant gem that can only become so by beginning in grit and darkness, and being fished from the depths.

The 5th Day of Christmas: Leo: What can I create?

The Wisdom of Leo is that we are here to co-create the world.  Once we get in touch with our emotional intelligence about what we want in life, we create it in the world. That’s our Leo energy. Leo wants us to express ourselves through play, through the imagination, through love, through our children – both literal children and our creative children. Don’t let fear keep you from doing what you feel, creating what you envision, and sharing what you make.

Trust that the Universe knows what it’s doing when it chooses you to channel its creativity and vision.
                                          Cathy Pagano

Eye of the Unconscious

Lady Wisdom speaks to us through the Imagination, which is playful and symbolic. We need to engage the imagination in all of our creative projects.
Imagination is needed to shape a theory or a hypothesis, and Whitehead argued a long time ago that pure induction could never produce a scientific view of the world. A heap of facts was useless, and neither a Homeric epic nor a scientific theory of evolution could ever be produced from mere facts. For people in a pre-scientific culture, people endowed with acute powers of observation and remarkable sensitivity, there was no way to imagine the life at one's feet except through the poetic imagination which made the little creatures half human. And in a way, this poetic imagination of the ancients is more sensitive to humanity's embeddedness in the biosphere, for in seeing "the little people" as half human the ancient Irish "fairy faith" recognized that there is no "us" and "them," that we are in them, and they are in us.
         The imagination is, therefore, not a source of deception and delusion, but a capacity to sense what you do not know, to intuit what you cannot understand, to be more than you can know.
           William Irwin Thompson

Imagination also plays an important part in your subjective life, as it gives mobility to your beliefs. It is one of the motivating agencies that helps transform your beliefs into physical experience. It is vital therefore that you understand the interrelationship between ideas and imagination. In order to dislodge unsuitable beliefs and establish new ones, you must learn to use your imagination to move concepts in and out of your mind. The proper use of imagination can then propel ideas in the directions you desire.
Jane Roberts, Seth

The 6th Day of Christmas: Virgo: Who we may Become.

The 6th Day of Christmas is Virgo, the sign of the Virgin Mother. The Wisdom of Virgo is self-knowledge – Know ThySelf! After we create something, we have a better idea of who we are. It’s time now to see ourselves as a unity – Body, Soul & Spirit. Since the ancient royal star Regulus, which sits in the Heart of the Lion, moved into the sign of Virgo by precession, the Queen took the place of the King. It is now time to honor the Divine Feminine and her place in life.


A great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; she was with child and she cried out in her pangs of birth, in anguish for delivery. And another portent appeared in heaven; behold, a great red dragon. . . And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, that he might devour her child when she brought it forth; she brought forth a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne, and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God. . .
Now war arose in heaven. . .and the great dragon was thrown down. And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had borne the male child. But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle that she might fly from the serpent. . .
                                                  Revelation 12: 1-6, 7-9, 13-14.

The Gnostics held this heavenly Feminine Spirit in high regard, naming her Sophia, or Lady Wisdom. Sophia is the feminine Wisdom of God, a divine spirit pervading all of life. She partakes of the power of the Creator, is capable of doing all things and is regarded as the mother of the gifts of wisdom and prophecy. She is creator, wisdom and teacher, wise in the ways of humanity, Divinity and nature. In certain mystical traditions she is the consort of God and the lover and inspiration of the wise. Solomon, the archetypal Wise man, declares his love for her: “Her have I loved and have sought her out from my youth, and have desired to take her for my spouse; and I became a lover of her beauty.”
                                                                Cathy Pagano, Wisdom’s Daughters

Sophia, one of the first-born of the primal parents, Depth and Silence, is confused by longing and love for her Divine Parent, and falls into the abyss. Alone and comfortless, Sophia experiences every sort of psychic experience imaginable – passion, sorrow, fear, despair and ignorance. These experiences flow out of her and create not only the four elements of earth, air, fire and water, but also the Beings who end up creating and controlling our world. Looking at the flawed and troubled world created by her own ignorant offspring, Sophia is filled with pity for creation and resolves to assist it in any way she can. Thus she becomes the spirit of the world, the Anima Mundi, watching over it like a mother. Feminine wisdom, entrapped in the material world, must be rescued by the Masculine principle. Yet when her consort, Christ, comes into the world to rescue her and bring her back to the heavenly realms, Sophia finds that she cannot totally abandon this troubled world. And so she splits herself in half, part of her going to the fullness of heaven and the other part staying in touch with this lower world to aid in its redemption. 
                                                                        Gnostic Myth of Sophia 

The 7th Day of Christmas: Libra: Hold the Other in your Heart

The Wisdom of Libra is that once we become whole, we seek another's wholeness to balance the world.  So how do we take our Wisdom into the world? By holding those others you know in your heart – walking in their shoes, doing to others what you would do for yourself. We can call it courtesy or respect, but in the end, it’s all about our ability to love. Venus, the Goddess of Love and Wisdom, makes her home here. She helps us consider others as well as ourselves. That’s the great secret of Libran balance. You must stay on your side of the scale to make things work out.

Crowley Lovers

There is scarcely anything more difficult than to love one another. That it is work, day labor, day labor, God knows there is no other word for it. And look, added to this is the fact that young people are not prepared for such difficult loving; for convention has tried to make this most complicated and ultimate relationship into something easy and frivolous, has given it the appearance of everyone’s being able to do it. It is not so. Love is something difficult and it is more difficult than other things because in other conflicts nature herself enjoins men to collect themselves, to take themselves firmly in hand with all their strength, while in the heightening of love the impulse is to give oneself wholly away. But just think, can that be anything beautiful, to give oneself away not as something whole and ordered, but haphazard rather, bit by bit, as it comes? Can such giving away, that looks so like a throwing away and dismemberment, be anything good, can it be happiness, joy, progress? No, it cannot.

But young people who love each other fling themselves to each other in the impatience and haste of their passion, and they don’t notice at all what a lack of mutual esteem lies in this disordered giving of themselves; they notice it with astonishment and indignation only from the dissension that arises between them out of all this disorder. And once there is disunity between them, the confusion grows with every day; neither of the two has anything unbroken pure, and unspoiled about him any longer, and amid the disconsolateness of a break they try to hold fast to the semblance of their happiness (for all that was really supposed to be for the sake of happiness). Also, they are scarcely able to recall any more what they meant by happiness. In his uncertainty each becomes more and more unjust toward the other; they who wanted to do each other good are now handling one another in an imperious and intolerant manner and in the struggle somehow to get out of their untenable and unbearable state of confusion, they commit the greatest fault that can happen in human relationship: they become impatient. . . . They must not forget, when they love, that they are beginners, bunglers of life, apprentices in love, - must learn love, and that (like all learning) wants peace, patience, and composure!

To take love seriously and to bear and to learn it like a task, this it is that young people need. – Like so much else, people have also misunderstood the place of love in life, they have made it into play and pleasure, because they thought that play and pleasure were more blissful than work; but there is nothing happier than work, and love, just because it is the extreme happiness, can be nothing else but work. So whoever loves must try to act if he had a great work: he must be much alone and go into himself and collect himself and hold fast to himself; he must work; he must become something!

For believe me, the more one is, the richer is all that one experiences. And whoever wants to have a deep love in his life must collect and save for it and gather honey.
Rilke: On Love and Other Difficulties

The 8th Day of Christmas: Scorpio: Do Not Fear Death!
The Wisdom of Scorpio is that Death is the other side of Life. That it is not to be feared nor embraced. Death comes in its own time and place, assigned to our souls at the moment we stepped into a new incarnation. The best way to connect to our deaths is by taking ‘death as our advisor’ as don Juan says. And to learn to die to our ego’s rules and certainties which no longer serve our lives so we can open up to the new perspectives waiting beyond our sight.

Don Juan Matus, the Yaqui Indian, taught Carlos Castaneda about facing his death.
"Death is our eternal companion," don Juan said with a most serious air. "It is always to our left, at an arm's length. It was watching you when you were watching the white falcon; it whispered in your ear and you felt its chill, as you felt it today. It has always been watching you. It always will until the day it taps you."

"The thing to do when you're impatient," he proceeded, "is to turn to your left and ask advice from your death. An immense amount of pettiness is dropped if your death makes a gesture to you, or if you catch a glimpse of it, or if you just have the feeling that your companion is there watching you."

"Death is the only wise adviser that we have. Whenever you feel, as you always do, that everything is going wrong and you're about to be annihilated, turn to your death and ask if that is so. Your death will tell you that you're wrong; that nothing really matters outside its touch. Your death will tell you, 'I haven't touched you yet.'"

"Yes," he said softly after a long pause. "One of us here has to change, and fast. One of us here has to learn again that death is the hunter, and that it is always to one's left. One of us here has to ask death's advice and drop the cursed pettiness that belongs to men that live their lives as if death will never tap them."

Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan

The 9th Day of Christmas: Sagittarius: What is True and Real?

The Wisdom of Sagittarius is to widen and deepen our perspective and keep an open attitude toward life. Old social and religious beliefs that keep us apart and cause antagonism must be left behind in Scorpio’s dark waters. We are living in an age where we are all one. Can we go out into the world and discern truth from falsehood, what is real from what is fake? Can we hear truth?

The Native Americans treasured the Wisdom of the Earth. This is our task now.

Earth, Teach Me

Earth teach me quiet ~ as the grasses are still with new light.
Earth teach me suffering ~ as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility ~ as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring ~ as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me courage ~ as the tree that stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation ~ as the ant that crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom ~ as the eagle that soars in the sky.
Earth teach me acceptance ~ as the leaves that die each fall.
Earth teach me renewal ~ as the seed that rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself ~ as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness ~ as dry fields weep with rain.

- An Ute Prayer

The Lakota was a true Naturist - a Lover of Nature. He loved the earth and all things of the earth, the attachment growing with age. The old people came literally to love the soil and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power. It was good for the skin to touch the earth and the old people liked to remove their moccasins and walk with bare feet on the sacred earth. Their tipis were built upon the earth and their altars were made of earth. The birds that flew in the air came to rest upon the earth and it was the final abiding place of all things that lived and grew. The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing.
That is why the old Indian still sits upon the earth instead of propping himself up and away from its life-giving forces. For him, to sit or lie upon the ground is to be able to think more deeply and to feel more keenly; he can see more clearly into the mysteries of life and come closer in kinship to other lives about him. . . .
Kinship with all creatures of the earth, sky and water was a real and active principle. For the animal and bird world there existed a brotherly feeling that kept the Lakota safe among them and so close did some of the Lakotas come to their feathered and furred friends that in true brotherhood they spoke a common tongue.
The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man's heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too. So he kept his youth close to its softening influence.”

Luther Standing Bear, a Lakota/Sioux medicine man

Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That the earth is our mother? What befalls the earth befalls all the sons of the earth.
This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself."2
Attributed to Chief Seattle

The 10th Day of Christmas: Capricorn: Transforming Society

The Wisdom of Capricorn is that society serves the people’s needs. Since corporations have become ‘people’, western society and now all the world are serving those corporate entities, not the people. The Wisdom of Capricorn is with us now that Saturn has returned to his own home sign. Saturn is ‘the reality principle’, the essential nature of something. Saturn will follow along Pluto’s trail of societal disruption and collect what is his due. The Wisdom of Capricorn tells us it is up to each one of us to create our society anew. When we do, we need to put people at the center, not the economy. We need to put people and our lives, our hopes and dreams, our health and our communities at the center. The economy, like our left-brain rationality, is a tool for doing that but it can’t be the central pillar of our society, because when it is, it leads to destruction, inequality and greed. 

Albert Einstein called the intuitive or metaphoric mind a sacred gift. He added that the rational mind was a faithful servant. It is paradoxical that in the context of modern life we have begun to worship the servant and defile the divine.
Bob Samples, The Metaphoric Mind: A Celebration of Creative Consciousness

Whether we acknowledge it or not, we are held and sustained within the arms of Mother Earth. Just as surely, the life of the planet Earth is now in our hands. Earth is the only home we have. How could we have gotten so separated from our home that we would come close to destroying it with our poisons and our waste, our wars and our unsustainable economy and population? We are faced with the stark truth of climate change, which is disrupting our weather, melting the glaciers at alarming rates and heating up the gulf stream, which could bring on another Ice Age. By allowing our governments to ignore these signs we are taking away our children’s future. If women can remember our relationship with our mother Earth, we can become spokeswomen for her Sovereignty. We have a choice, and we are responsible to our children’s children for seven generations. Each woman can become the consciousness and the conscience of the Earth. When we incarnate feminine wisdom, we give the Earth back Her essential power and mystery, which is based in the spirit of life and the testing of death.

Cathy Pagano, Wisdom’s Daughters: How Women Can Change the World

The 11th Day of Christmas: Aquarius: Share a Better Vision of the Future

The Wisdom of Aquarius is that we have to work together to create a better society. The power of the Group is the power to share responsibilities and gifts, so we don’t have to go it alone.

What can our brilliant technology do to help support a healthier, more creative society? We’ve already seen how technology is used for greed, violence, falsehoods and manipulation as well as how it has the potential to connect us with each other. While Internet technology has created havoc, it has also been a place to find our tribes. Now we have to go outside those tribes and find where we all agree.   We are all connect in Indra's Net.


There is an almost sensual longing for communion with others with a larger vision. The immense fulfillment of the friendship between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness, has a quality impossible to describe.”
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

"Your imagination and your initiative and your indignation will determine whether we build a society where progress is the servant of our needs, or a society where old values and new visions are buried under unbridled growth. For in your time we have the opportunity to move not only toward the rich society and the powerful society, but upward to the Great Society.
The Great Society rests on abundance and liberty for all. It demands an end to poverty and racial injustice, to which we are totally committed in our time. But that is just the beginning.
The Great Society is a place where every child can find knowledge to enrich his mind and to enlarge his talents. It is a place where leisure is a welcome chance to build and reflect, not a feared cause of boredom and restlessness. It is a place where the city of man serves not only the needs of the body and the demands of commerce but the desire for beauty and the hunger for community. It is a place where man can renew contact with nature. It is a place which honors creation for its own sake and for what it adds to the understanding of the race. It is a place where men are more concerned with the quality of their goals than the quantity of their goods.
But most of all, the Great Society is not a safe harbor, a resting place, a final objective, a finished work. It is a challenge constantly renewed, beckoning us toward a destiny where the meaning of our lives matches the marvelous products of our labor."
                                               President Lyndon B. Johnson

The 12th Day of Christmas: Pisces: The Soul of Humanity

The Wisdom of Pisces is that we’re all ONE. That humans are the same, regardless of skin color, religion, society, gender and sexuality. Isn’t it time to stop being afraid of each other, afraid of life itself? That’s what patriarchy has taught us. But in a partnership vision of life, we are here on Earth to have a human experience of the beauty of the material world. Imagine that you’re from another planet and you’ve chosen to come to Earth to experience its joys and sorrows. What an adventure! It’s time to explore, to go ‘where no one has gone before’.

Quantum Universe

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Alber Einstein

Love is the Water of Life.
And a Lover is a soul of Fire.
The Universe turns differently
When Fire Love Water.

I do not know what bounds may be placed on the power of the imagination. It can heal the body, reveal the secrets of divine truth, transform the personality, incarnate God, and open up worlds of infinite diversity and potential.
Jeffrey Raff, Jung and the Alchemical Imagination

"In this crucial time of our Earth walk, it is essential that we women reclaim our ability to nurture, create, and renew life. It is our responsibility to heal ourselves, reclaim the healing power that is ours, and thus form a solid foundation for transformation on other levels of life. "
Brooke Medicine Eagle

"The world will be saved by the western woman.”
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Peace Summit in Vancouver, 2009