TIPS FOR TODAY:
Lots to pass along today, so here we go…
# 1 – There’s a free presentation being offered on May 24th by Jim Kwik about “discovering the secrets to a more youthful, agile, focused powerful healthy mind and better memory.” Replay will be available if you can’t make the call and you go here to register:
# 2 – For an update on the radiation situation:
Also check out all the resources mentioned in a previous post about Dr. Robert Gilbert to get other viewpoints on the subject. I know Gilbert personally and he is a man of integrity and service whom I feel will always try to present any information in an unbiased, well-informed way.
# 3- Here’s a link to an interesting article about a possible source of inexpensive energy. It would be great news indeed if it ended up being a viable solution to at least part of the current energy crisis…
PICKS FOR THE DAY:
# 1- Here’s a great article by Elizabeth Jones about current astrological events and how they are reflected in world events and this stage of the evolutionary process…
# 2 – I remember being excited a few years ago about the switch to CFLs,…seemed like a step in the right direction. But not long ago I found out they contain mercury, and can be a real health hazard when broken or not disposed of properly. Now new research says compact fluorescent bulbs release cancer-causing chemicals when turned on. Read about it here:
# 3 – Even though the full moon has passed, I wanted to share this inspiring and insightful newsletter and astrological update from shamanic astrologer Tami Brunk…
From conversations with friends and clients many of us are experiencing immense fear and anxiety for the future. Of course we are. It is becoming clear to many of us that the very future of our species and our life-sustaining planet are at a threshold on many fronts–whether we are looking at climate change, exponential rates of extinction, or rapid decimation of healthy ecosystems.
How do we look with clear eyes at these devastating trends and not succumb to overwhelm and immobilization? It is hard enough to look at these biological/environmental (not to mention and economic, sociological political) trends and not experience despair. Yet it is the unknown that most terrifies us.
There are many prophets and seers emerging at this time who are predicting very dire and extreme conditions in our very near future. In one extreme example, a Christian sect predicts that this Saturday will be the “rapture” where God’s chosen will rise into the sky leaving the world behind in ruins.
In the New Age, there are individuals who are prophesying earthquakes in the US, and many other disasters. Some spiritual teachers are saying all food in the U.S. is contaminated with radiation–don’t eat local, only eat what comes from South America. And of course, certain adherents to the Mayan Calendar forecast all kinds of dramatic happenings on December 31, 2012.
I listen to these things and feel frustrated, because I don’t think the future is set in stone, and I don’t think anyone can “know” exactly what will happen a week, or 6 months from now at the global scale. We have become so good at worrying about the things we have no control over (including an uncertain future) that we have forgotten to respond to what is actually within our control.
So let’s take a deep breath. Let’s look around and see who is near us, let’s consider who and what we can pray for and send light to. Let’s consider what actions we CAN take to create the kind of future we’d like to live in.
Let’s center ourselves and know that we are equipped for these times, and that there is still a great deal of beauty, joy, love, courage in this world. Let’s not waste our time in worry, but instead, live each day as fully as we can.
Week of May 17 to 22Scorpio Full Moon
We are still resonating with yesterday’s Full Moon in Scorpio, which has been so gorgeous and bright for the past two nights. Venus is currently in a Scorpio cycle, and the Full Moon energy is still permeating our world, so we are really feeling the Scorpio dynamic. These past couple of days many of us have been feeling acutely aware of the overwhelming destruction and death occurring across the globe.
I’ve recently been jolted into realizing the horrifying extent to which the living creatures in our oceans are dying due to toxic agricultural runoff, oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico and across the globe as well as dispersants that have obliterated many forms of ocean life. Now the ocean surrounding Japan are contaminated with nuclear radiation, which is expected to continue leaking from the plants for up to 6 more months.
I’ve experienced such a strange mix of emotions and impulses over the past week. I’ve felt so strongly the Aries desire to charge forward and affect change in my community. Yet part of what happens when we take action to influence the world as it is, we bump into the resistant, dense patterns of inertia that have held things in place as they are–functional or not.
So these last days I have been feeling the bruises of this “bumping up against what is,” as well as a flood of grief and sadness over the immense devastation of the waters, soil, air, creatures, and wellbeing of human communities. Sometimes I feel very small and ineffectual when I consider the scale of things, and when I meet initial resistance to change.
What Scorpio can teach us is the value of surrender. It is important for our sanity and wellbeing to recognize that there are so many things we have absolutely no control over. Once we realize this, we can access the wise Aries/Scorpio synthesis which says-okay, but this is what I CAN do.
I can’t just apply my will and ambition to instantly remake the world as I’d like it to be. But I can practice living more from my heart, seeing every day as precious, always moving closer to my goals and appreciating that even if I fail this time, or miss the mark in some way, I am better for having tried, I have learned something new, and I am closer to my heart’s desire than if I had not taken the risk.
Of course there is also the spiritual dimension of change which Neptune and Chiron in Pisces can invoke within us. In situations and circumstances over which we have no direct control, we can choose to send light, love and healing.
Spotlight on Relationships
The balance is now tipping from Aries to Taurus now that Sun, Mars, Venus, and Mercury are in the sign. So even as Jupiter and Uranus remain in Aries, driving us forward toward our independent mission and goals; we are feeling the desire to slow down and connect personally and with sweetness with others.
Also, from the first of May to June 12, Venus and Mars are within 10 degrees of one another. Early this coming Monday, May 23, they are conjunct.
Within Shamanic Astrology there is the understanding that Venus and Mars go through distinct cycles in relation to each other-and that these cycles reflect relationship dynamics. The current Venus Mars dance began January of 2010 and ends June 12. It can be described as the Great Saga, the cycle where the two planets spend the most time visible near one another in the night and morning sky.
This cycle, compounded by Saturn in Libra (Saturn moved into Libra just 2 months before the Venus/Mars cycle began) has been a time of “making or breaking” many relationships. As my teacher Daniel Giamario puts it, relationships operating from the old paradigms of codependency, or rigid gender roles, etc., are not passing the test. And of course, there is also the simple fact of growth and change–sometimes we outgrow relationships that were for a time very healthy for us.
Despite the many breakdowns in relationships there have also been many breakthroughs. As we have been consciously choosing to activate and live from their greatest authenticity and aligning from that place, we have developed closer, more intimate relationships with our partners and other loved ones. We have also attracted new partners and friends who are fully resonant with our life purpose and mission.
This next month it is beneficial to consider what we are truly wanting to create in partnership, and how we can best support our loved ones on their own paths.
But the dance of Venus and Mars is not only an external affair. This is also a beneficial time for each of us to meditate upon the balance of masculine and feminine within our being, and to consecrate the sacred marriage–a full embrace of the masculine and feminine within.
And at the collective/inner level we are challenged to empower the universal masculine and feminine (beyond gender) dynamics within and without. The feminine aspect (beyond gender) is deeply immersed in the Earth experience, receptive, and skillful in the sensory and emotional realms. The masculine dimension is more expansive, detached, and focused on the big picture.
We are in the death throes of a masculine-oriented culture and our only hope for continued human thriving on Earth demands a re-integration of the feminine. We must activate our masculine capacity in service to a re-emergence of the Sacred Feminine. In other words we must use our intellect, our brilliance, our technology, innovative thinking and visioning to benefit the wellbeing of the Earth and future generations.
# 4 – And a little Abraham to end on…
“It usually takes about 30 days to change a habit. Not because you need 30 days. You could do it in 68 seconds if you could once you did it hold your vibration there, but you have to consciously make that decision.” — Abraham
Best wishes, “Zippy”
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