TIPS FOR TODAY:
# 1 – Information about the new moon and other astrological happenings from Astrograph. com…
The Aries New Moon that graces us this Thursday morning, March 22nd, is an unusually intense one. This beginning of the Soli-Lunar sequence immediately follows the Spring Equinox, when the world begins its new yearly cycle. This obviously signals a profound time, equivalent in many ways to the traditional New Year of January 1st; you might make a resolution or perhaps take stock on how your recent resolutions are doing as we conclude this third month of 2012.
Mercury remains retrograde, still in Aries, and has moved backward through the sign to almost the exact Aries point of 0 degrees. With the New Moon at 2 plus degrees and Uranus at 4, this New Moon thus represents a powerful trigger for Uranus in Aries, the planet within sign of an awakening human consciousness. Uranus in Aries lasts about seven years, continuing throughout this decade of the turbulent teens right up to 2019. A marked increase in synchronicity has been observable lately and this tendency will likely increase over the next two weeks of the prime of this lunation cycle. With Mercury turned inward, it is our innermost thoughts that really count. Carefully weighing any and all meaningful coincidences that arise is only part of the story now, since the unexpected epiphanies that flow from these explorations will represent to your conscious self the opening for further transformation.
This powerful symbolism has been flirting with us for nearly two years, since June of 2010 when Uranus first entered the sign of Aries before retreating into Pisces until last spring. This month and New Moon could be considered its true coming-out party. The Sabian Symbols of the New Moon and also of Uranus are revealing: “A cameo profile of a man in the outline of his country;” and “A triangle with wings.” Marc Edmond Jones has for the first: “[the] capacity for giving full play to every ramification of the reality [you] have created for yourself.” In other words, and especially with Uranus involved, trust your intuition. This might tell you more about what you are up to than a raft of job counselors. The second symbol, for the degree of Aries where Uranus currently resides – A triangle with wings – speaks to the intense creativity and high potency of this moment in time.
This powerful New Moon is accompanied by yet another symbolism that reveals an important part of our ongoing metamorphosis as we find our way into Aquarian Age humanity, namely the opposition of retrograde Mars toChiron in Pisces. This opposition, exact to the minute at the time of the New Moon, presages a valuable inner exploration of all our motivation for aggression and anger, as well as for normal healthy assertiveness or its lack. It might be that over the course of this four-week cycle we come to realize where we are stopped in frustration or too easily started up in rage. These types of knee-jerk reactions stem from ancient trauma experienced in childhood and bottled up inside ever since, walled off from our waking reality by barriers of grief or shame. The symbolism of Chiron, the Wounded Healer, entirely relates to this concept of the hidden patterns that represent the real motivating factors of our most extreme actions. As a noted psychologist has stated, we are never angry for the reason that we think we are.
Our conscious minds are part discriminating perception and part illusion, in many instances covering up the actual well-springs of our behavior, and we have a true opening now to understand ourselves and our relationships much better. It is possible that we will be enabled over the ensuing days and weeks to make important necessary inroads for that process, preparing ourselves for the radical transformation still to come in this climactic year and decade.
# 2 – Great insight, wisdom and guidance from Guy Finley on taking conscious risks…
Key Lesson: Stop complaining. Start changing. The appearance of every moment comes with a mostly unseen pair of “buttons”: one says “down.” The other says “up.” The direction that life takes is your choice. Choose wisely!
A spiritual risk is any action we will take based on our willingness to challenge our own certainty that our present state of consciousness represents the full measure of life’s possibility. Here is one simple example: Maybe we feel as though no one understands our situation or that no one is being sensitive to the pressure we’re under. During these times most of us feel the strong need to complain to someone — anyone (including ourselves) — in order to win some sympathy. The conscious risk in this case is to give no voice to any complaints, either outwardly or inwardly.
Whenever we feel ourselves certain that we are a captive of something — be it anything from a fear of proceeding with a wish we have, to that feeling of being inadequate to getting through a task at hand — we remember in this same self-defining moment that this reality before our eyes is, at best, only a partial one. And then, as unthinkable as it seems to us in this same moment, as certain as we may feel that real freedom is beyond our reach, we make a conscious leap into the unknown.
Once we realize that our present view of self, a view that defines our reality, is a construct of a certain level of our own consciousness — one that’s convinced the limit of its present view is the limit of its possibility — we also realize the need to leave this self-limited world behind us.
Knowing the makeup of this world we must abandon, we have but one choice: Let go of who we are sure we are and make a leap into something new. Our conscious choice is to discover what awaits us in an open-ended reality, instead of allowing ourselves to be grounded by a preconceived notion of who we are and what we can do.
Nothing can stop us from taking this leap into all that we may be, other than this mistaken and unconscious conviction we have of who we already are — a mindset supported by the strange comfort we find in clinging to who we have been.
Find the places in your life where you can take these conscious, spiritual risks. The liberation you win will be the repeated discovery that the only thing holding you captive is yourself.
(This article is excerpted from Seeker’s Guide to Self-Freedom. For a free Welcome Kit from Guy Finley and his Life of Learning Foundation go to: http://www.guyfinley.com/Welcome/36/CD1414/0)
# 3 – I have always been a big fan of raw apple cider vinegar ever since doing research for my health e-book. Here’s a list of some of its many uses, courtesy of the Swanson health blog and Reader’s Digest. Some of these I’d never heard of before…
Check out these health benefits of a common kitchen staple, apple cider vinegar.
- If you’re feeling exhausted after a workout, add a couple of tablespoons of this vinegar to your glass of water. It contains potassium and enzymes, and the amino acids can act as an antidote to the buildup of lactic acid in your system.
- To whiten your teeth, gargle in the morning with apple cider vinegar—it helps remove stains and whiten your teeth, as well as kills bacteria in your mouth.
- For an upset stomach, sip a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with water. If it’s a bacterial infection, the antibiotics in the vinegar can help.
- A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar can stop hiccups immediately.
- Before eating foods that you know are going to make you feel sick later, add 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey to a glass of warm water and drink it about half an hour before you eat.
- For leg cramps that wake you up in the night, add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and a little honey to a glass of warm water.
- Drinking one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water can help drain your sinuses.
- When you start feeling a sore throat coming on, gargle ¼ cup apple cider vinegar and ¼ cup warm water every hour—the acidic environment vinegar creates kills most germs.
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# 4 – An in-depth article on GMOs, how Europe is “just saying no” to them, and a variety of resources on the subject…
# 5 – Short and sweet from Abraham…
“It is as easy to create a castle as a button. It’s just a matter of whether you’re focused on a castle or a button.”-— Abraham
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