Nurturing Thursday: Celebrate What You are Harvesting


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Lammas August 1 and 2 : First Harvest, Blessing of the Grain, Bread or Loaf.  In the northern hemisphere the days are getting shorter. It’s a day when we stop to reflect on what has grown in your life so far this year. These are a few images of my harvest.
Also, note my new Flag Counter below the comments. I was inspired to fit my blog out with one when I noticed someone had visited from the Isle of Man and thought: How rare this should be celebrated.
Happy Nurturing Thursday What are you harvesting?

Thank you Becca Givens for creating Nurturing Thursday

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Get Thee Centered For The Eclipse & Mercury Retrograde


centering rose
rose mandala for centering if you please

as life spins around you

center yourself in beauty

center yourself in your breath

center yourself in your heart

walk in beauty

This week, there are two major astral configurations to consider.

The first is a lunar eclipse on October 18; the second is the final Mercury Retrograde phase of the year that begins on October 21 and continues through November 11. Time distortion is a signature they both share…so don’t despair if you feel a little like the Mad Hatter on Quaaludes. When it comes to an eclipse, we often feel its effect six weeks before or after the actual occurrence; occasionally, its effect is experienced when certain planets transit the eclipse sensitive point, or the zodiacal degree at which it occurs—in this case, 25 degrees/45 minutes along the Aires/Libra axis. During a lunar eclipse, practical concerns become more important than emotional or esoteric interests; conscious, practical matters override unconscious, theoretical concerns, a perspective that often affects priorities: What we can see becomes more important than the underlying causes and conditions.

 

Wonder Wednesday: The Full Moon Balances Earth and Water


Originally posted on Light Words:

moon

moon above the canyons of our earth walk.

Harvest Moon revealing itself above the seemingly solid canyons. What altering in the structure of your life? Time to let go of the river bank and go with the flow.

Astrology Report “The September 19th Full Moon represents a reaching out for balance, the balance of the undefined and numinous otherworldly dimensions of reality represented by Pisces versus the detailed nuts and bolts of Virgo, the earth sign where the Sun still resides for this full moon…. We are in the midst of a very definite structural alteration that could result in an entirely new set of underlying principles heading into October and the end of the present year. It does not get any easier, although with the acceptance of the idea it does get far more possible to bear. We benefit from losing the blinders that we normally wear, that limit…

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Nurturing Thursday: Time To Relax and Play


Carol Carlisle:

One of the best ways I know to stay healthily and nurtured is to pay attention to the seasons. Eat the food in season participate in activities and events going on around us. It just so happens that next Tuesday is National Night Out in the US. It Started as a public safety campaign but has turned into street parties around the country, where neighbors get out and enjoy each others company. I look forward to relaxing and playing with my neighbors.

August 1st Is Lammas

Everyone gets into the act of harvesting
Everyone gets into the act of harvesting!

On Lammas, Summer thrives, fully ripe. Are you ready to taste the First Fruits? We’ve reached the peak of our toil to bring our seeds, lives, dreams and causes to fruition. All gardens of life, worked with skill and love or ignorance and fear, hint of the harvest. The Wheel turns. We’re descending into dark even as the sun still glows. We’re hovering between hopes and fears in the swelter of August. With results uncertain in singular and collective lives, the task now is to Trust. In circle, unwind and sing! Chant fears into silly songs and sing hopes, sweet and wistful. Don’t be fooled into anxiety, which only creates more of itself. Better to relax and Play! Enjoy the warmth of the second half of Summer.— Marion Spadone © Mother Tongue Ink 2012,

August 1st is also Rabbit Day: I’ve been told that you will have good luck all month if you say:

Happy Rabbit Day!
Happy Rabbit Day!

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit before your feet hit the floor on the first of each month. Since your getting this news late I’m sure it will work it you go back to bed and start over, and why not the prim directive today is to relax and play ;)

Becca Givens is the Queen Mother of Nurturing Thursday please pay her a visit.

Originally posted on Light Words:

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Setting up for National Night Out.

One of the best ways I know to stay healthily and nurtured is to pay attention to the seasons. Eat the food in season participate in activities and events going on around us. It just so happens that next Tuesday is National Night Out in the US. It Started as a public safety campaign but has turned into street parties around the country, where neighbors get out and enjoy each others company. I look forward to relaxing and playing with my neighbors.

August 1st Is Lammas

Everyone gets into the act of harvesting

Everyone gets into the act of harvesting!

On Lammas, Summer thrives, fully ripe. Are you ready to taste the First Fruits? We’ve reached the peak of our toil to bring our seeds, lives, dreams and causes to fruition. All gardens of life, worked with skill and love or ignorance and fear, hint of the harvest. The Wheel turns…

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Leo Sun/ Aquarius Super Full Moon


Leo

We Are All Star-dust

July 20: Mercury turns direct 11:22 AM PDT (13º Cancer)
July 20-23: Grand Trine in Water: Mars/Jupiter – Saturn – Neptune (5º Cancer-Scorpio-Pisces)
July 22: Full Moon 11:15 AM PDT (0º06’ Aquarius-Leo); SuperMoon
July 22: Mars conjunct Jupiter (6º Cancer)
July 26-August 12: Lions Gate
July 27: Sun square Saturn (5º Leo-Scorpio)
July 27-31: T-Square: Mars-Pluto-Uranus (9-13º Can-Cap-Aries)
July 28: Sun square Aprill 25 Lunar Eclipse point (6º Leo)
July 29: Grand Sextile

As I write Mercury is going direct, a time when we usually wipe our foreheads and say “Wow we made it!” Yes, maybe like me, you can catch up on a pile of communications. There’s a but here, so much is going on the dizzying feeling of astral vertigo will still feel as if we’re on a tilt a whirl, or better yet a water slide, because  from July 20-23 there is  a Grand Trine in Water: Mars/Jupiter – Saturn – Neptune (5º Cancer-Scorpio-Pisces). Aw it is this pyramid of collective compassion gives a point of reflection as we approach the power of the July 22: Full Moon 11:15 AM PDT (0º06’ Aquarius-Leo); SuperMoon, smack in the middle of the sacred triangle. Followed quickly by Mars conjunct Jupiter in Cancer.

This is what is concerning me: these two great  mythic gods together can cause overinflated self-worth and rash action and reactions. “With great power comes great respons-ability” (Spiderman’s Uncle). Our ability to respond with wisdom and clarity is being tested. Have we gone to sleep just because we made it through 2012?

Many of us are being called upon to send prayers to those around us who are in need as we do remember the first half of the Metta Meditation is:

” 1.  May I be safe and protected. 2.  May I be peaceful and happy. 3.  May I be healthy and strong.4.  May I have ease of well being (and accept all the conditions of the world). This is followed by our prayers for others. This healing practice of taking good care of yourself will keep the inflation down  nd the over reaction to a minimum. After all the Sun is entering the sign of self.

“Leo is the soloist; Aquarius is the choir. How are we doing our part? What are we adding to the cosmic chorus? This is also the third of three SuperMoons in a row, where the Moon is at perigee (closest to the Earth), greatly intensifying the full moon’s gravitational and electromagnetic effects on the Earth and all its inhabitants.

Leo represents the journey of discovering and expressing our light, our essence, our true self. The ruler of Leo is the Sun, the star at the center of our solar system, symbolizing the spiritual truth that each of us is a star, a spark of the divine. Leo challenges us to find our center, our core truth around which everything else in our life must pivot. The image of the lion reflects the depths of devotion and courage which Leo asks of us. It takes courage to listen to our heart. It takes willpower to walk our own path and not be herded onto someone else’s. It takes resolve to live the life we were meant to live.” Stephanie Austen Eco Astrologer

Back to our communication planet, Mercury, cojunting Mars then Chiron:

“The Sabian symbol for Mercury as it stations, and in this Full Moon configuration, is “A very old man facing a vast dark space to the northeast.” This speaks of archetypal inner understanding, a place within that is ever present, ever pointing to the creative void that the Buddhists speak of, the place of spiritual understanding and dawning enlightenment. We all know this place, perhaps consciously, perhaps with the intuition corresponding to our higher selves.

It is comforting seeing this symbol come up in this Mercury degree, which, along with Mercury‘s current connection to Chiron, helps us to recognize and to know ourselves at the deepest possible level where we oftentimes dwell. This is our inner knowing that we can tap into when we need to, and that will always serve us well; the level of Spirit moving through us, toward its ultimately unimaginable destination”. AstroGraph.com

I pass this on with the love and  the understanding that, as I read and write these words, they are what I need to hear as much as I need to share, because we are all star-dust!

Wonder Wednesday: Destination Inspiration


Originally posted on Light Words:

Clouds over Mount Tam

Clouds over Mount Tam

They Say,

“sometimes you can see a flash of green just after sunset

look close, they say, such events are rare

spend time watching for the condor above the clouds”

They Say,

“climb every mountain, follow ever dream”

I listen when Hafiz says,

“Come dance with me,”

gliding, soaring, touchingphoto

grounding we will

say we are condors

living

never blinded by the light.

-Carol Carlisle

That is what this photo of clouds over Mount Tam inspired in me. Where does your imagination take you?

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New Moon in Cancer: A Time to Widen Our Definition of Family


New Moon in Cancer or Moon Child

New Moon in Cancer or Moon Child

Quick reminder Mercury is retrograde now through July 20th.

July 8th both the Sun and the Moon will be in the sign of Cancer reminding us of the family come from but also that we belong to the family of humankind. What better way to be reminded that we are all connected than through music.

 Since 2004 Play For Change has been going around the world recording musicians.

“The project started in 2004 with the organization’s self-described goal to “inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music”. The creators of the project, Mark Johnson and Enzo Buono, traveled around the world to places including New Orleans, Barcelona, South Africa, India, Nepal, the Middle East and Ireland. Using mobile recording equipment, the duo recorded local musicians performing the same song, interpreted in their own style. Among the artists participating or openly involved in the project are Vusi Mahlasela, Louis Mhlanga, Clarence Bekker, Tal Ben Ari (Tula), Bono, Keb’ Mo’, David Broza, Manu Chao and Grandpa Elliott.” Wikipedia

Stephanie Austin writes this: New Moon in Cancer symbolizing how we ultimately learn that we are a child of the universe, and that we all belong to the family of humankind. The word “matter” comes from the Sanskrit root for “mother”; Cancer also reminds us of the importance of honoring matter as mother, that all aspects of the material world are sacred, including our physical body and the Earth on which we live. As the first water sign, Cancer represents the development and monitoring of our emotional body. Feelings provide essential feedback, signaling what is healthy or harmful. When we disregard our feelings, we lose the vital information they offer, and we succumb to overeating, overspending, and overworking. This new moon calls us to widen our definition of family and further develop our emotional literacy. For valuable tips, visit http://karlamclaren.com/emotional-vocabulary-page/

Important Dates:
July 3: Sun square Uranus (12º Cancer-Aries)
July 7: Saturn turns direct (5º Scorpio)
July 8: New Moon 12:14 AM PDT (16º Cancer)
July 13: Mars enters Cancer
July 17: Uranus stations retrograde (13º Aries)
July 17-19: Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune grand trine (5º Cancer-Scorpio-Pisces)
July 20: Mercury turns direct (13º Cancer)
July 20-23: Mars-Saturn-Neptune grand trine (5º Cancer-Scorpio-Pisces)

For more music and inspiration please go to my daily blog Light Words.