Yes, well, I did put an exclamation point after that word in the heading. I finally figured out how to add a “sign up for blog form” on my newer website (JoyStarPsychicAstro.com). I’ve been told that the Goog likes websites that continually add content. Therefore, I created a blog for astrology on that website but the WordPress theme I’d chosen for that website didn’t have a widget for that. All that means in WordPress terms was that an RSS needed to be created and linked to it. Sounds easy? It wasn’t–not for me anyhow.
Slow brain here (getting old) that’s not to computer savvy resulted in way too many hours invested to achieve the goal. But today? Yes, today! Finally, I have it (mostly) figured out. I signed up for my own astrology blog post and it actually arrived in my email box! Thus the reason for the exclamation point in the header subject.
Below I have included are some of the recent astrology posts that were part of my herculean efforts. I hope someone out there will find them useful.
Once you are on the website, you may like to sign up for the astro blog posts. I’m no astrological whiz kid but share what I know.
I will continue to blog here, however, and will remain at sending out my newsletters “Thoughts Along The Path” as well.
Here are links to the most recent astrology posts . . .
‘I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.’
–Hafiz, Sufi Poet
Light can enter one’s life through working with difficulty but this newsletter isn’t a downer; hopefully, it’s just the opposite. And the intention, as always, is to inspire, inform and involve engagement with Spirit. I wanted to start with this: One often hears quoted, it is the crack (or break) of the heart through which the light enters.
To sit with the difficulty without causing suffering to self or to others is to honor the dark and the light in one’s life.
These seem to me to be good meditative contemplations for the shortest day and longest night. I wanted to write about it today as we enter what I like to call “the great stopping of momentum, the great balance of light and dark–the great silence, the big quiet.”
Sitting with the difficulties of life, even the difficulties of daily meditation can open us to more light entering our consciousness so that we can benefit ourselves, others and the world. Let me explain what I mean.
I’m talking about not turning away but rather really bearing the pain, whether physical, emotional, mental or spiritual, without creating further pain for self or another in any way. Not running from it, suppressing it or becoming angry or frustrated with darkness. That’s an example of balancing the light and dark in one’s life. We can be reminded of this type of yin-yang balance during the time of the Winter Solstice.
It isn’t easy to really be with troubles without adding more suffering. In The Arrow Sutra, the Buddha teaches about how we embellish the pain or difficulty (shooting the second arrow), instead of observing what is actually present: which is the arising and passing of feelings. So instead of turning away from emotions, turn towards them and watch them pass just the way they have arisen. In this way, we allow the light of awareness to enter and wisdom to arise.
Practice in Meditation
A simple meditation today, the Winter Solstice, can help us work with balancing light and dark/ease and difficulty. Here’s what I mean. Sometimes, we resist emotions or thoughts or discomfort in the body or sleepiness or restlessness during meditation and in doing so, we shoot a second arrow, so-to-speak, and create a story around even these simple experiences in meditation.
OR we may come to the sitting with already-formed goals, intentions or ideas about how the meditation time is going to be experienced. “I am going to be in a bliss state the whole time, or go floating into the heaven of the cosmos.” When in actuality, we may feel sleepy, restless or have thoughts of regret or other emotional difficulties arise.
Meditation is a practice for life. And life is full of darkness as well as light– full of difficulties as well as it’s opposite, freedom, peace/ease. Think of yin-yang.
Our world needs people who can stand in the fire or tolerate the difficulty, keep a cool head, not over-react, deal with harsh and hard situations with clarity and wisdom. Meditation practice trains us to do this.
We don’t quit or run or try to escape –nor do we control or intend any type of outcome when we meditate. We may have an intention for our meditation practice which is alright but many times if we just allow, and experience, observe, see the mind working while being interested yet not being too controlling, too tense nor too relaxed but just allowing ourselves to move through the states without judging ourselves as “bad meditators” and without becoming frustrated … if we can uphold these ideals, I think we can develop the ability to balance the light and dark in our lives too. Yeah, I know this is an awkwardly phrased paragraph, but you know what I mean, right?
The Winter Solstice is a reminder of all of this . . .
of how the depth of our being which is radiant clear light can open up through staying with difficulties
of how our core mind, the primal mind, is radiant and clear in nature
of how just like the Tibetan Buddhist tradition speaks, a self-existing lamp of wisdom exists within each of us
of how through the difficulties and darkness of life, we are able to access this kind of light or presence
of how we go into the dark in order to be able to see the light
of how we are with the difficult in order that we may be able to have more ease
If in meditation we can embrace the unknowing or just allow rather than always trying to control – the unknowing will open up to knowing. Being with the difficult or darkness opens us to light as well as being regenerative and enabling wisdom.
Here is some poetry that expresses these ideas . . .
“Some nights stay up till dawn,
as the moon sometimes does for the sun.
Be a full bucket pulled up the dark way
of a well, then lifted out into light.” –Rumi
Three times my life has opened.
Once, into darkness and rain.
Once, into what the body carries at all times within it and
starts to remember each time it enters the act of love.
Once, into the fire that holds all.
These three were not different.
You will recognize what I am saying or you will not. But outside my window all day a maple has stepped
from her leaves like a woman in love with winter, dropping
the colored silks.
Neither are we different in what we know.
There is a door. It opens. Then it is closed. But a slip of
light stays, like a scrap of unreadable paper left on the floor,
or the one red leaf the snow releases in March. –Jane Hirshfield
If each day falls
Inside each night,
There exists a well
Where clarity is imprisoned.
We need to sit on the rim
Of the well of darkness
And fish for fallen light
With patience. –Pablo Neruda
Notice: I will resume doing the $22 Email New Years Mini-Readings on January 2nd
Today – It’s a super charged Full Moon (April 4, 2015) in Libra! What can this mean? Here’s my version…
But is it only today that we may feel (Moon/emotion) the effects? No; it’s more or less a theme that’s been occurring at least since the last eclipse (Solar a few weeks ago, March 20).
Something shifted around that time, perhaps ended—a change; a new way of BE-ing may have occurred for you.
And now, that’s associated with a new beginning.
Don’t’ get hung up on the exact dates; instead just think about something that may have occurred in the life 2 or 3 weeks ago (or even a month or so ago) that set you up for the new phase that this eclipse is heralding—new beginning; new way of seeing things; new way of being in the world; new chapter in the life. (We can experience the effects of an eclipse months before and months after–or so they say and so I’ve personally observed.) But what are the key factors we can realize now?
Relationship is the key word with this energy and if you’re like me—happy to be in relationship with Self with a capital S (Higher Self) and with Divine Being you may, like me, be seeing life in a whole new light. That should be a capital L really in the word Life—meaning All That Is and of course all that isn’t and the space in between.
Of course, we’d also have to mention personal one-on-one relationships with family, friends, life partners too which may be taking on a whole new meaning right about now and over the next few months.
This is no ordinary placement. The Sun is conjunct Uranus and T-squaring Pluto. What a mixture! Moon, Uranus in Aries, the Libra Sun and tossed into that we also have the Capricorn Pluto – better not reference tossing Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, anywhere– it’s he who does the tossing. LOL
Sun in Aries wants freedom and the ability to do it’s own thing regarding its purpose in life and the planet Uranus is empowering that Sun to go for it! As I see it, the planets and luminaries are setting up that theme when the Sun/Uranus opposes Moon and squares Pluto.
To me that configuration indicates finding freedom in our life in a new way–one which challenges our feelings of security or actually enhances those feelings to create transformational (Pluto, the transformer) attitudes or views regarding how we relate to others and/or to Life Itself. Pluto is quite psychological and so we could sense here a new psychology in your life–perhaps a highly personal one that creates a new beginning.
Can you see or feel how this can be playing out in your life now? And how it has been occurring for some time now?
Jupiter plays a part in this attitudinal, emotional energy merger and change of view too. Jupiter, the great benefic, is highly focused via it’s retrograde motion. It’s moving through Leo now. And now its making an aspect to the other players, bringing with it a sense of playfulness and joy and mostly FUN. That’s the energy that influences and balances this new attitude and way of be-ing that is taking shape and changing our lives right now.
May the blessings of Jupiter be yours and may you find the freedom and harmony in your life that brings the new freedom/ liberation of contented happiness with the influence of this eclipse both now and over the next 6 months!