>Revamped Dream Visioning Board


A while ago I did a Dream Visioning Board which focused on my goals, but when I looked at it today, it seemed very faded and lacking in energy.  So here’s the revamped and re-energised Dreamboard.  I’ll post the original one below so you can see the difference.  I guess I’m aligning the energies of this Dreamboard with those of the Eclipse:

As you can see, the DreamBoard below looks much wimpier, although I have achieved some goals: I’ve written an e-book; I’ve lost weight; I’ve de-cluttered a lot of clothes (and sold a heap on e-bay!) and I’m getting better at being methodic instead of procrastinating.  So I’m moving forward, step by step, and feeling very pleased with myself that I can see the changes gradually taking place.  I’ve actually found that I’m more comfortable with change and growth when I take it easy and don’t try to rush myself.

>Ritual – Honouring the planetary energies of the Full Moon Eclipse of 25th-26th July 2010


I have posted this tonight (my time, Eastern Standard Time, Australia) to remind those of you in countries behind Australia time-wise that you may be interested in carrying out a ritual to honour this Eclipse or to acknowledge those planets involved.  For those in Australia, the Full Moon Eclipse takes place on the 26th July, so this will arrive in due time for you.
I like to honour each of these Eclipses with an astro-crystal-mandala with two candles lit either side, and I write down an affirmation to resonate with these energies, and burn it to send my intention out into the Universe.  Here’s my mandala, the two tea-lights either side have been lit but that’s  not too clear in the pic.
Here’s my mandala:
The stones are as follows: 
At top is a Whale Inner Ear Bone Fossil which represents my  Sun Sign in relation to the current Eclipse and times thereafter.  Bottom right is a Chrysocolla which represents my Moon sign and ont he left is a Libyan Desert Glass which represents my Rising Sign (and for me this is a particular path of truth, honesty and integrity).
In the centre is a stone of Shattuckite/Chrysocolla/Plancheite which represents the central energies of the Eclipse and which resonate with Maiden/Mother/Crone energies.
Around this stone are Smoky Citrine (Uranus), Papagoite (Neptune), Girasol (Jupiter), Prophecy Stone (Pluto) and Fire Agate (Mars).
I always work with Pipestone as the anchor stone.
Now,  you don’t need to work with the energies the way I do.  You could light a candle for each planetary energy, including the Sun and the Moon.  Or you could draw a mandala to depict what this Eclipse means for you.  Or you can perform any other ritual which appeals to and calls you.  This is your ritual and whatever you create needs to have meaning for you.

>Yes, I know I’m banging on about matters astrological again, but the Full Moon Eclipse which takes place on 25th or 26th July, depending on where you are in the world, is another full-on encounter with cosmic consciousness.

It is the start of the huge planetary challenges which face us leading up to 2012 and the years beyond. These are in three phases:
a) from the current run of Eclipses through to 2011
b) from 2012-16
c) from 2017-23.

The Full Moon Eclipse tomorrow in Aquarius, this sign having the following qualities:
Potential: Utopian, idealistic, humanitarian, visionary, freedom-loving,eccentric, genius, independent, individualistic, original, inventive, honest,inventive.
Pratfalls: Aloof, detached, out of touch, lunatic, unfocused, naïve,escapist, narcissistic, cold, irresponsible, violent, irrational, intractable.

At this time, Saturn is moving opposite Uranus for the firth, and final, hit of this cycle of oppositions. The first was on the day that Obama was elected President of the United States. As I’ve already said in an earlier post, the energies of Saturn and Uranus could clearly be seen in this event – Saturn representing the status quo in John McCain, and Uranus, which represents a break from the past, in Barack Obama. But as these two planets are diametrically opposed, there’s been a lot of to-ing and fro-ing between these two energies ever since.

Saturn acts a bit like the guardian at the gate between the inner planets – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – which, due to their smaller orbits around the sun, affect our daily lives and psyches more closely; and between the outer planets – Pluto, Uranus and Neptune, which – due to their much longer orbits – affect the collective consciousness. The workings of these outer planets are mysterious, unpredictable and revolutionary in the sense that they shake us up, shake us down, and clear out stagnant energies or bring them to the surface where we are forced to acknowledge them and, hopefully, deal with them

Without going into all the planetary placements, added to this brew and hanging around too stirring things up are Pluto (death, underworld, hidden matters, etc), Mars (action, powerful energy) and Mercury which is 180deg. apart from Neptune. Neptune relates to illusion, hidden matters, pretence, deception, while Mercury is about communication in all its shapes and forms.

All these are part and parcel of the Grand Cross (or Grand Crossroads, if that makes it clearer) which is part and parcel of the great challenges facing us in the forthcoming years leading up to 2017-23. These are explosive times – as I’m writing this, I’ve just heard that BP is now planning to drill for oil in deep waters off Libya, possitbly related to hidden matters regarding Megrahi, the so-called Lockerbie bomber who was returned to Libya due to illness (I’ve used the term “so-called” because Megrahi has always claimed to be innocent, and many relatives of those killed in the tragedy also believe there has been a cover-up of the true facts and have called for a fuller inquiry.) At the same time, in that other tinder-box, the Middle East, I’ve also just heard that authorities in East Jerusalem are demolishing Palestinian homes to build Jewish homes in their place, further exacerbating tensions in this region of the world. (You might remember that in this Eclipse season, ten peace activists on a ship trying to break the Gaza blockade were killed by Israeli troops).

However, this isn’t about politics as such, it’s about the truth bubbling up from the hidden depths. It’s about what is REAL in this world, rather than the surface ILLUSION.

There’s a lot of info around about these times, from Native American prophecies to Mayan prophecies to matters astrological. In these times we are being called to return to balance – to release our obsession with all matters to do with the left-brain approach to life – economic growth, wars, aggression, lies, subterfuge, pillage of the Earth – and to re-integrate with the right-brain approach – compassion, heart-centred living, care of Mother Earth, respect for the Divine Feminine.

In practical terms, we are being faced with the surfacing of all the illusions, lies and subterfuge which characterise our political systems today. We have Pluto in the mix which traditionally represents global conglomerates working behind the scenes; Saturn representing politicians as the public face of these conglomerates and operating on their behalf rather than for the common good; and Uranus, whichi n astrological terms relates to democracy and governance for the good of the majority – the people.

In recent times, as the dance of Saturn and Uranus has been played out in the heavens above us, we’ve seen the machinations of Big Oil surface in the form of BP and the oil spill in the Gulf. In actual fact, if you look at Third World countries, much of the same pollution occurs there but it’s not covered in our media, so the cosmos has dished us up the Gulf OIl spill, right on the doorsteps and in full view of the Western world, to make us sit up and take notice of how our care of this planet is being found very wanting indeed.

We are being called to self-empowerment – to give away allowing others to set the agenda for us, and to empower ourselves by trusting our intuition, what means truth to us and listening to our hearts. We are being called to honour what makes life real for us, not to turn our heads away from lies and pretence, illusion and subterfuge, but to open our eyes to these distortions and return ourselves to an authentic presence in the world today. It is a time of getting rid of old baggage, clearing our lives out from that which no longer works or which we use to avoid facing up to reality, and turning to work for compassion, the truth, tolerance, diversity and the right way of living and co-habiting on and with Mother Earth.

How we do this depends on each individual, there is no right way in terms of telling people what to do. I think the guiding principle is that old adage: “An’ it harms none”.  The right way is to listen to our hearts and souls and working out how we best function given who we are, and our gifts and talents. Some of you may shrug (as I used to do) and feel you don’t have gifts and talents. But as I’ve pointed out recently, if the whole purpose of your life is to be kind to others, that’s enough. If you like to write, as I do, then I need to write in ways which resonate with the cosmic energies of these times. If you like caring for children, be proud of your life’s purpose. We don’t have to do big things or be famous. But we do have to re-connect with the power of love for each other, for ourselves, for Mother Earth and for the great cosmos which not only loves and supports us, but is calling to us ever louder to be authentic and true to our hearts and souls.

>Hitting the Glitter Bottle Again!

>Yes, folks, I’ve been hitting the glitter bottle again, great fun, and with interesting results. I’ve posted two versions of my painting below as it was incredibly difficult to actually get a fix on photographing the canvans.  Really weird.  It was if the painting was slip, sliding away, to quote Paul Simon.  But when I hung it on the wall, I realised that it’s actually a result of all the work I’ve been doing over the past year and during the recent period when there have been so many,  powerful eclipses.  To me, it represents the lightness I’ve been feeling recently, and it looks as if it’s a fusion of air and water, because the figures can be birds or fish (well, that’s the way it seems to me).  And it’s all blue which can be the air or the sea.  I have a dichotomy between the air (thinking) and water (feeling) elements within me, and it seems to be that finally I might be melding the two instead of cantering back between the different elements.  I live in hope (big grin).

If these images mean anything to you, please let me know as I’d be interested to find out how others feel about this painting.

>What if we were okay just as we were?

>I received an e-mail this week with rather lovely suggestions for relieving stress in one’s life.  I’m not going to repeat all the suggestions, but one of them got me thinking.

It simply said: “It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to be kind to others.”

Bit of an amazing concept, eh?  The reason I’ve been pondering this idea is that there is some much stuff around about improving oneself, being more creative, living a better life, doo-daa, doo-daa, you know what I’m talking about.

But what if we are already living the way we’re meant to be?  What if we love other people in our lives?  Isn’t that good enough?  What if we have a lot of laughter or love in our lives?  Isn’t that an important part of living?

In my earlier post, I talked about living up to our potential.  In that, I meant tuning in to what really nurtures our heart and soul, whether it be being a parent, grandparent, teacher, carer, artist, cabinet-maker, mechanic, whatever.  We don’t need to be famous or imporant, we can simply accept what really makes our life worthwhile, and then enjoy life without striving to be better or different or like some celebrity.

And suppose we are simply meant to understand the power of love and extend love to the rest of humanity, practising compassion, tolerance and kindness?  Such simple things, right under our noses, and they come very quietly into our everyday life if we realise their value and their offering of a key to open our hearts.

I rather like the following quote which I’ll share below:

“The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides, and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on the day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire.” Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

>Full Moon Eclipse 26th July

>If you’ve been following the Eclipse season, you may groan at the thought there’s another one coming up.  But gird your loins, folks, because it’s not going to go away!  This and recent eclipses are all part of the great planetary movements which are calling us to higher consciousness over the next decade or so.  If you tune in, you’ll be able to open yourself up to  your full potential and ride the wave rather than drown as the tidal waters roar throught he Universe.
If you think this is a load of old cobblers, just think for a minute about what’s been happening in the south of the United States, in the Gulf, where huge quantities of oil have been gushing into what were formerly pristine waters.  Now what isn’t reported is that, wherever the oil and mining giants operate in more hidden territories, ie, developing nations like Nigeria, their environmental destruction wreaks havoc for the local communities.  But the media doesn’t touch this because it doesn’t affect Western lives. Well, the oil flow in the Gulf is literally on our very public doorsteps since it’s occurred in the backyard of the very powerful United States.  It can’t be hidden.  And that’s what the Eclipses are all about – dragging into the open that which has been kept under the wraps.
You might say that the Player Du Astrological Jour is BP.  It’s dodgy operations in deep sea drilling have been dragged into the light of day.  Its attempts to minimise recompense for those affected by the spill are triggering outrage and are being publicised.  Furthermore, there are no inquiries as to whether BP was behind the release of the man jailed in Scotland for the Lockerbie bombing.
You could, of course, stick with looking at the surface and simply heap blame on BP’s shoulders.  It’s the easy option.  If we go below the surface, we’re forced to look at what we are doing to this planet and how each of us is part and parcel of the destructive activity which is now gathering momentum as global warming or climate change, whatever you want to call it. 
We are being called to change our ways,  to return to being caretakers of this wonderful planet on which we live, to be true to ourselves as each of us is meant to be, to leave our destructive ways behind us.  Of course, there is discomfort in change.  I imagine we all have our little ruts which make life comfortable.  But we need to dig a bit deeper – find out who we are, resonate with our very being, and live a creative life which is in harmony with Mother Earth.  It doesn’t mean you have to do big things but we do need to work on the individual selfishness which is promoted so heavily today, the consumer culture where “me” and “I” take precedence.  We have responsibility for collective energy, for working together, for empathising with all levels of society, for extending loving energies to ourselves and to those around us. 
Yes, it’s a different way of approaching life on earth – us instead of me, we instead of I, but I believe that heart-centred living is such a more more authentic way of living than crouching in our own fear-filled cubicles, when we can straighten our backs, walk tall, and re-connect with those who are part and parcel of the cosmic web, as we are too.

>I’ve been a bit absent these past couple of weeks. I don’t know about other people, but the current hit of eclipses has left me feeling the need to take things quietly, process what’s going on and stop trying to be active. I do have to say that having fibromyalgia has stopped me running around like a flea in a fit, and I’ve learned to sit back when my body sends me “I don’t want to move” messages instead of trying to bash my way through the fatigue as I used to. In a way, it’s been quite handy because I’ve got used to noticing stuff around me – like the birds in the garden, the planetary movements, flowers in the garden, trees coming into blossom, and so on.

So here are pics of the latest colourful happenings in our garden. The first pic on the right is of the orange trumpet vine which has burst into flower all over the tree at the back of the garden, with the tree being deciduous and leafless at this time of the year, so that the orange crown of the trumpet vine looks magnificent, particularly with the sun shining on it:

The pic below  is of the magnolia tree coming into full flower in our front garden. This brings back family memories for me because, when we lived in Sandwich, Kent, England, we had two magnolias in the front garden, one the same pretty much as below – deciduous in the winter and flowering while empty of leaves – while the other one was evergreen with enormous white, lemon-scented flowers. Interestingly, when we lived at Woodenbong, in the Border Ranges furher north in New South Wales, we had one of the decidious, white-flowering magnolias in our back garden:

When I first met my husband, I had little connection to gardens, plants or the outside world.  In astrology terms, I have 9 air signs and no earth signs.  However, over the years, while I still leave the gardening to Bryan, I have learned to appreciate Mother Earth and even to learn to identify and remember the names of various plants, a really great advance on my earlier ignorance! I do love watching birds in our garden – from the raucous rainbow lorikeets, to the twitter of the blue wrens, to the spectacle of a wedge-tailed eagle turning lazy circles in the thermals overhead.

I notice that there are more and more comments about the need for children to re-connect with nature because it feeds their inner life, and I do remember when I was young that I and my frineds would take off for the day on the bus to the fields of the rural area aruond us, where we would spend hours upon hours examining flowers, catching newts, picking bullrushes, and generally having a wonderful day in the open air.  I and my friend would take off on our bikes for the day and simply cycle around the countryside – although, to be honest, the fact that the area around Ramsgate and that area of Kent was extremely flat and made cycling very easy.  I realise that many of these country areas are gone, but I do find it interesting that so many  more poeple are choosing to grow vegetables in their back yard, or create gardens on their balconies or indoors, because nature calls to us to remember that we live on a living planet and our connection with it nurtures our inner spirit and feeds our soul.