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Go, Mercury, go!

I mentioned in my last post that I’ve been feeling out of sorts lately. I also mentioned that I’m aware I must be present through everything that I’m feeling- lest my ego take this valley and turn it into an abyss. A bottomless chasm of separatemess (typo, and it’s staying).

‘Here I am all alone on this island and no one elsewhere could possibly speak my language… or help.’

Nonsense! When I respectfully ask my ego to zip it and sit down, I remember my connectedness to all life. I realize that, in many ways, my plight is universal. If not universal, cosmic.

Jupiter, my ruling planet, has been retrograde for about four months now. This year, there have been shake-ups in my astrological chart that haven’t happened in nearly a decade. There has been a series of eclipses that have been like astrological earthquakes for me, beginning on December 21, 2010. Things are opening up in a miraculous way, astrologically speaking.

Well… not just astrologically. I feel it on many levels, which makes me that much more eager to share insight into the astrological conditions that are shaping the ‘state of things’.

December 10th was the last in the series of eclipses. On December 25th, Jupiter will go direct (thank you, Jesus). And tomorrow- tomorrow, Mercury will go direct again. Hallelujah.

Mercury is a cheeky little monkey. Its retrograde stations are the most discussed of the planets in our solar system. This is an elucidating explanation of the effects of retrograde planets.

Take note, ego. The jig is up.

December smells like cough drops

I gotta be honest here- I feel like I’ve hit a wall in the last week. I was definitely all geared up for my birthday (or birthweek, as I like to do it). Then, for my birthday, I got a cold. Thanks, germy little buddy!

All three of us have been sick for a week now- more or less. More than being physically ill, though, it’s the loss of momentum that’s got me in a rut.

First, Max was sick and had lower energy than usual, so I took a break (and kinda enjoyed it… bad mama) to take care of him. Then, I got sick, so I gave myself a pass on housework. Then, we were all sick, so all bets were off. And then came the rain.

The fact is, if I’m not motivated to keep up with my daily duties, there will always be ample excuses to flake. And the more I flake, the easier it becomes. The term ‘downward spiral’ comes to mind.

This is actually something that I’ve struggled with on my spiritual path. When is it slowing down for a much-needed respite? When is it laziness? When is it accepting my flaws? When is it enabling them?

You see, when I opt out of my sadhana, my chores, proper nutrition, etc., things becomes less and less clear. And by ‘things’, I mean my mind. Confusion and delusion rule the land. In my altered state, I lose sight of the big picture (i.e., some of what I’m experiencing is karmic, cosmic, and not all about me), stumbling into the wasteland of separateness consciousness- the land of the ego.

I‘ll eat five bowls of cereal today and watch Netflix all day… for me. It will make me feel good. It’s what I need. I need this break. I deserve it.’

CONFUSION AND DELUSION.

Let’s put this out there right now, my ego- the ego- is entirely invested in making me believe I’m living on an island. Because on this island, the ego is king. It’s a ‘king’ like Denethor, Steward of Gondor– a place-holder who resists being replaced at any cost. A usurper.

The moment that I turn my gaze from my spiritual focus, the ego sees an opportunity to get a foothold.

Lucky for me, the remedy is quite simple. I’m going to meditate now. I’ll tell you how it goes… 😉

Check out these ideas for avoiding the sicky trap this holiday season. No excuses!

Daily reminder

“Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.”

~Rabindranath Tagore

Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

For this week’s reading, Doreen calls upon her Angel Therapy oracle cards. According to Doreen, these cards differ from the others in that their information is more action-based-what to do rather than a beautiful, inspirational message. See what’s in the cards for us this week… ♥

Daily reminder

“I am of a sect by myself, as far as I know. When I am led by conversation to express my sentiments, I do it with the same independence here which I have practiced everywhere, and which is inseparable from my nature. I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction, is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.”

~Thomas Jefferson, from Light and Liberty

Yoga this week!

I’ll be teaching on Wednesday at 10am this week. And you are invited. Good times!

So what is Sadhana?

I’ve been writing a lot lately about the Global Sadhana I’m participating in. This is a wonderful illumination about the importance of Sadhana by Yogi Bhajan.

I love the part about cold showers… not sure if I’m on board for that today. Baby steps.

Daily reminder

“You determine your worth. Nobody else can do it. Whatever worth you give yourself, that shall be.”

~Yogi Bhajan

It’s the full moon!

Today, the moon was full at approximately 6:36am PST. Also, there was a lunar eclipse today that was the last in a series of eclipses that began about a year ago.

I enjoy keeping tabs on the phases of the moon. The gravitational force of the moon has had much to do with the way life has evolved on this planet. It is the cause of the oceans’ tides. It may also have strong effects on our own bodies. Consider that our bodies are mostly composed of water. Now remember the pull of the moon creates the tides. Perhaps this is the origin of the association of the full moon with strange behavior or with other changes- like more babies being born?

In any case, I like to stay connected to the phases of the moon simply because it is a connection to the rhythms of nature. The time around the new moon is a time for manifesting and setting intentions- letting them come into being as the moon itself waxes. And the full moon, with its powerful presence, is a time for cleansing, clearing, and letting go. Let the gravity of the full moon draw away anything that is no longer serving us.

I have found the moon to be a very powerful ally in manifesting and evolving. How about you? Do you follow the moon and its phases?

Eclipses can also bring about big changes in our lives. Read what Susan Miller has to say about dealing with eclipses here.

Daily reminder

“The path of yoga is faith, energy, mindfulness, meditation, and wisdom.”

~Patanjali, from the Yoga Sutras, 1.20

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