Sweet and Salty ~ Follow the Trail: Update

UPDATE:

Just a quick update on my symbolquest ~ While no one has been pinning my German chocolate cake pins lately, I found some new ones and added them to pinterest.

There were a few cool seashell developments worth mentioning. Mercurial trick-stress Gneiss over at GMA shared here cool seashell oracle cards with me for a reading here. She does for astrology what Odie of eyesofOdyssseus does for photography and satire. Check her out please! My pal Julie over at peacockseyes was inspired and wrote a starfish article  here. Then I attracted a cool new follower Jamie and decided to follow her back. Guess what her gravatar is? To see the blue cosmic sea spiral in its glory, visit her site here . We discovered more than one synchronicity between us and her blog is wonderful!

Then my awesome Gemini moon sister Amanda at dreamly.com reminded me today that she sent me her beautiful starfish photo via email not too long ago.

 

photo by amanda at dreamly.com

It isn’t a shell but a few shells are included in the shot. This photo definitely seems linked with the starfish prominently displayed in my original photo on my initial post. Gorgeous shot, don’t ya think? Please check out her scrumptiously surreal articles here.

Clearly the sea creatures are making their presence known :)

This is not a blogging challenge, but that does not mean you cannot blog about your chosen symbols and how they are lighting up your path.

Just sayin’

 

Here’s the original post:

The past few days I have felt led to go through some old training material and reread part of my journal. Some very cool stuff has been resurrected and this feels good!

I found an idea in my journal to designate two symbols as my own signs of being on the “right path.” This idea is not original. I found it on Laurali Star’s former WordPress blog which sadly is no more. Anyway, I identified the two symbols and quickly forgot about the whole thing. Like myself, they are both sweet and salty. Can you guess which is sweet and which is salty?

 

Drum roll please…….

 

By Tracy Hunter from Kabul,, Afghanistan (German Chocolate Cake Uploaded by Beria) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 This is my first symbol. Many readers know I love German chocolate cake. What is very interesting is that my German chocolate cake picture on pinterest has been blowing up lately. I have no idea why it has become so popular, but it did get my attention.

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This is my second symbol. I love seashells and once collected them as a hobby.I even have jewelry containing shells. My abalone shell earrings are among my favorites and since I am an earring fanatic, that counts for something.

 

So what does this mean? I am committed to looking for these signs anywhere and everywhere and I invite you to try this exercise as well. For my blog buddies, if I see these symbols on your blogs, I will point them out. Acknowledgement gives more energy to the process.

I am at a point in my journey where I want to use more of the tools at my disposal. And have fun while doing it.  I believe that I “rediscovered” this idea so I could give it another try.

Are You With Me??

 

first image by By Tracy Hunter from Kabul,, Afghanistan (German Chocolate Cake Uploaded by Beria) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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Musings ~ Fresh Start

Today the sun is on my sun/moon midpoint – 1 degree Virgo. According to Dane Rudhyar, here is the interpretation:

PHASE 151 (VIRGO 1°): IN A PORTRAIT, THE SIGNIFICANT FEATURES OF A MAN’S HEAD ARE ARTISTICALLY EMPHASIZED.

KEYNOTE: The capacity to picture to oneself clearly the salient features and the overall meaning of any life situation.

This is the first stage of the thirty-first five-fold sequence of symbols and its Keyword is DISCRIMINATION. Implied in discrimination is both analysis and intuition. The mind separates and identifies — and unfortunately often exaggerates — what makes a person or a situation different from another; but the intuitive responses of the whole person to what confronts him or her is also essential, for what matters is not only my or your “difference,” but the place and function this difference occupies in the organic pattern of the evolution of “humanity as a whole,” i.e. of Man.

I think this interpretation is an accurate read on the interplay of my natal sun and moon. Basically, the sun/moon midpoint is the integration or dance between the two luminaries ( lights). As a litebeing, this is a good thing. I have made many friends with birthdays around this time of year, so wishing a wonderful solar return to all of you – past and present. To locate your sun/ moon midpoint, find a reliable astrology software program or consult an astrologer. Or if you have some astrological knowledge, visit this page at astro.com and it will produce a midpoint grid for you:

http://www.astro.com/cgi/genchart.cgi?&lang=e&gm=pu

Tomorrow we have a new moon in Virgo. It does not have the best of aspects as it opposes Neptune, but it is a new beginning. I am not doing a new moon post today. For a good one, I choose Emily:

http://virgomagic.com/2014/08/virgo-new-moon-2014/

 

Don’t know about you, but I am in need of a fresh start..

 

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Announcements:

I changed the category selection for all published posts because my old system was a hot mess. Now each post has one category. Hope this will make things more orderly ( Virgo).

Thanks for all the wonderful comments lately, especially after I took a pause from the 9 to 5 experiment. Your commentary is so precious to me. Thanks also for the great response to the Sweet and Salty post. It still amazes me to see what excites people about my writing. This is not an official blogging challenge, but I am curious what people are doing with their symbols. What are your symbols? Are they morphing into signs?  Are you noticing them more places? Where? How? Why?

Once I start to formulate questions, look out! 

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So, now what?

Well, I have more award posts that are long overdue, a Collision post that is brewing, several Returning Home posts marinating slowly, something perhaps on how I spent my Summer non-vacation, etc

I also need to heal and let myself BE. This may include art, meditation, sleep, computer games, reading, breathing, dreaming……

Until I post again, I will be looking for seashells and German chocolate cake and catching up with all of you in one form or another.

NAMASTE

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Sweet and Salty ~ Follow the Trail

The past few days I have felt led to go through some old training material and reread part of my journal. Some very cool stuff has been resurrected and this feels good!

I found an idea in my journal to designate two symbols as my own signs of being on the “right path.” This idea is not original. I found it on Laurali Star’s former WordPress blog which sadly is no more. Anyway, I identified the two symbols and quickly forgot about the whole thing. Like myself, they are both sweet and salty. Can you guess which is sweet and which is salty?

 

Drum roll please…….

 

 

By Tracy Hunter from Kabul,, Afghanistan (German Chocolate Cake Uploaded by Beria) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 This is my first symbol. Many readers know I love German chocolate cake. What is very interesting is that my German chocolate cake picture on pinterest has been blowing up lately. I have no idea why it has become so popular, but it did get my attention.

http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/

This is my second symbol. I love seashells and once collected them as a hobby.I even have jewelry containing shells. My abalone shell earrings are among my favorites and since I am an earring fanatic, that counts for something.

 

So what does this mean? I am committed to looking for these signs anywhere and everywhere and I invite you to try this exercise as well. For my blog buddies, if I see these symbols on your blogs, I will point them out. Acknowledgement gives more energy to the process.

I am at a point in my journey where I want to use more of the tools at my disposal. And have fun while doing it.  I believe that I “rediscovered” this idea so I could give it another try.

Are You With Me??

 

first image by By Tracy Hunter from Kabul,, Afghanistan (German Chocolate Cake Uploaded by Beria) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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Spontaneous Manifesto: A Note to Conscious Woman

litebeing:

Please eagerly partake of the lovingly prepared wisdom served here, courtesy of my friend Amanda, Goddess of Dreamalchemy.
Amanda, you are on fire <3

Originally posted on Dreamrly.:

   

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Spontaneous Manifesto…A Note to Conscious Woman:

Power. Balance. Love.

Allow the high vibration to enrapture you when called to heal, but ground in earth for personal restoration. Keeping the thoughts clean (through forgiveness and creative expression) keeps the vessel clean.

Listen to your dreams. They are given by the wisest part of you, and present a painfully reliable picture of your psychic energy and your physical energy. Watch as they show you where you are storing false beliefs, and how those false beliefs paralyze you. Witness as your dreams TRANSFORM your energy as you become more and more dedicated to working with them and receiving their messages. They will give visions, illuminations, and revelations, and if you honor them in the external world, they will completely transform your energy. 

Sweet Pain, Sweet Pleasure. Like a mad scientist, embrace your Rage and convert it to Courage. Trauma to Character. With the power of the alchemist, convert the…

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Returning Home: Part V – Pendle Hill

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 Last Sunday August 10th I felt drawn to have a “Returning Home” experience so I drove to Pendle Hill. I definitely needed to PAUSE and regroup and what better place than here! 

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 I had a sumptuous meal of Thai fish and eggplant coconut curry. I can still taste the sweet and spicy sauce as I recall the meal. The picture above is a close approximation.The food here is grown, purchased and prepared with intention, care, and love. The energy was frenetic, most likely due to the approaching Super-Moon Full Moon. I was frazzled by the loud interactions around me and took a seat alone. No one joined me and that has never happened to me before. I told myself perhaps it was what I needed. Behind me I overheard a conversation about Woodstock. Then someone began discussing the film A Walk on the Moon. I was led to introduce myself to the table and share some of my experiences of that Summer as I did here.

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 After lunch I went back to the barn to engage in meditation/worship in the worship room. When I closed my eyes I noticed bright flickering lights that were distracting and unusual. I was unable to get centered. Then I viewed the lovely painting exhibit on display and browsed the pamphlets. The amazing bookstore was closed, so I went outside and took some pictures before visiting the library. The limits of my cellphone camera prevented any of my larger landscapes from turning out well. But these close range shots do the trick!

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While I did feel the buzz of Divine presence while wandering outside, my mind was scattered and I felt little peace. I know that many factors must work together for me to tap into the mystical openings. The full moon energies, while potent, were not cooperating and the portals were closed. At the library, I found books on Jung’s mandalas and how to transform one’s 9 to 5 existence. I also swirled the globe ( as I did recently in a dream) and landed on Oaxaca, Mexico. Oaxaca is a place I have felt very drawn to over the years.

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It was quite hot when I returned to Owen’s Garden, one of my fave spots on the property. Perhaps that light captured on camera is the work of Spirit!

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Approximately 9 years ago, I had a brief but compelling awakening on a Sunday at this very place. I wrote about the anniversary here.  I call places like this power placesThe Returning Home Series was created to highlight methods to facilitate mystical openings. Accessing a power place is one method that typically works for me. While this particular visit  to Pendle Hill was not especially memorable, I am so grateful that it continues to evolve and flourish while attracting people of all ages from all over the planet.

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Where are you power places??

 

 

Related posts -Returning Home Series, beginning here :

http://litebeing.com/2013/03/15/returning-home-the-series/

Newly revised post with my artwork from Pendle Hill and more ( thanks to Amanda! for inspiration) 

http://litebeing.com/2014/08/02/the-form-chooses-you/

image credits: thai curry ~ wikimedia.org free domain

all other photos, including header by litebeing chronicles © 2014

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Poetry – Grace Everpresent ( repost by popular demand – mine)

 

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Where is Grace?

Grace is realizing the car keys are in your other pocket

Grace is when the cop gives you a warning this time

Grace is when the red birds descend on your terrace ” just because”

Grace is when you discover your checkbook error

that you subtracted one hundred dollars by mistake

Grace is when the sky opens and the sun tells the clouds to get lost for a spell

Grace is the neighbor’s cat who snuggles with you after yours has passed away

Grace is the stranger who helps you pick up your groceries off the floor

Grace is the MRI that reveals you don’t have that illness after all

Grace is accepting what is and surviving with renewed hope

Grace is a whole heart after a lifetime of shatters and scars

Grace is a million new beginnings

Grace is finding love way past your prime

Grace is everpresent

© litebeing chronicles 2013

* I am re-posting this tonight to cheer myself up and hopefully help others who may be going through a difficult time. If you are struggling, please remember that our time here is precious and support is always available.

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Dream ~ Skating On Thin Ice

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Yesterday morning right before awakening I had a very brief but powerful dream. I could not find a parking spot so I walked out of my car onto a cold quiet lot. I encountered patches of ice. I am afraid of ice because I tend to fall frequently with painful consequences. In the dream I stepped onto some ice and I glided. I glided and ” skated ” onto the next icy stretch. After I crossed over onto the dry pavement, I noticed an empty parking space emerge out of nowhere. I was quite surprised. I decided to get back into my car to move into the vacant spot.

Then I woke up.

I did a ” mini-analysis.” and concluded that when I face my fears and learn to glide on the ice, solutions and possibilities can manifest for me.

Well today in the wake of a relentlessly punitive Full Moon square Saturn that hit my Ascendent/Descendant axis and Scorpio planets, I left my job. I was there for 3 months, which equals a square in Astrology. A square is typically a dynamic aspect that activates movement.  This lunation took the lives of 2 legendary performers and Ajay. And it is what it is.

I loved the chance I had to teach and mentor people, especially those who were excited about their calling to help facilitate growth and healing in others. I was damned good at it and I will miss it dearly.  I detested the politics, manipulation, and sheer cruelty that often predominates in toxic work environments. I am not surprised that my heart began to harden and my light began to diminish. I have been here before.

I keep reflecting on Aleya’s recent posts, particularly this one.

I am kinda stunned I am blogging on this icky life event, but I am a writer. At my new job, I told everyone ” I am a writer.” Never did that before. But it is a fact.

Maybe that is why I can blog while feeling so much pain and regret.

Thanks for giving me a forum where I can be brutally authentic and unapologetically  me. I have absolutely no idea what comes next. As an INFJ, this can be frightening.

Guess I will have to learn to skate on thin ice until I see my way clear to my next available parking space.

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If you are in the mood for an apropos tune from a fellow Uranian:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gFCW3PHBws

PS: Jupiter and Venus transiting one’s 6th house does not always translate to harmony and fortune in the workplace. Just sayin’

Related posts: http://litebeing.com/2014/06/20/sadness-at-solstice/

http://litebeing.com/2013/12/20/a-dream-sampler-my-winter-solstice-tribute/

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In Memory of Ajay

With heavy heart and watery eyes I am sad to report that our beloved Ajay of Ajaytao 2010 has left this world for the next leg of his journey. I will always remember his outstanding photography and all the kindness he bestowed upon me in the form of awards and validation. All from a man I never met who lived on the other side of the globe. Yet it seems as if he is just around the corner..

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Dear sweet gentle spirit,

bless you for your kindness,

thank you for your open heart

flowing with infinite love,

let the Source grace you

with boundless peace

and endless bliss…

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It is never too early to say I honor you and adore you and never too late to say NAMASTE

 

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Linda Ronstadt and Me

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I looked just like this as a teen.

 

I wanted to post this in time for her birthday, but time got away from me. Yet it is never too late to acknowledge the brilliance of Linda Ronstadt.

Summer always reminds me of my time at the shore as a teenager. My teen years always remind me of music. When I was a teen, Linda Ronstadt’s music was very popular. People always told me that I reminded them of her.  And they were correct…

I cannot sing a lick, although I spent many an hour as a teen singing in the mirror with a hairbrush as my mike. I was quite flattered when people compared me to Linda. We are both named Linda and I did wear bangs at one time and I do still occasionally favor hoop earrings. What is most striking is how the shape of our faces, coloring ,long dark hair and facial features bear an uncanny resemblance. While I was perusing images of her online, I was amazed at how eerily similar we look, while never at the same time. She is much older than I, and as we both aged, our likeness became less apparent. But even still, some of my current photos do still bear an obvious similarity.

What brought Linda Ronstadt to my awareness recently was her induction into the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The HBO concert was spectacular and  I blogged about Cat Stevens’ performance here. Linda did not show up at the ceremony, probably because these type of events are not a priority and due to her recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. I was saddened to hear about her poor health which has affected her ability to sing. Glenn Frey’s speech at the concert was very moving and the images of her performing made me smile and tear up simultaneously. Linda and I come from similar ethnic backgrounds and that became obvious as her story was shared on stage. We both share  a Latin ( I am Italian and she is Mexican) and Western European heritage. It somewhat explains how our ancestry informed our physical appearance and identity. I write about my identity here.

Naturally I read her chart to see why we look so similar. She has Sag rising, which does not jive with my chart. However her Sun in Cancer gives her a lunar appearance ( round face) and my Moon trines my ascendant. More significant is that Neptune squares her ascendant ( as does mine) and Uranus opposes it as well, adding a strong Aquarian vibe to her persona ( matching my Aquarius ascendant). This would help explain some her luminous, ethereal presence ( Neptune) and her striking image ( Uranus).

For more on her chart, visit here.

While I found these linkages helpful, I was looking for something more… Why do we look so much alike and have the same first name and why did I look the most like her when she rose to prominence? Her north and south nodes are conjunct my Moon and exactly conjunct Venus respectively. This may indicate some past life or spiritual connections that bring her into my consciousness so strongly. I cannot prove any linkage, but …..

Since I do not post my picture on my blog, you can visualize Linda Ronstadt when you read my posts. Oh how I wish I was blessed with a voice that contains even a fraction of her beauty and grace. Fortunately I can always play her music and revel in her pioneering spirit that paved the way for so many women in music, and her ability to use her vocal gifts to transcend stereotyping and move across genres.

 

Here are some videos that I hope you’ll enjoy.

The first one has a great sampling of images of Linda:

 

 

I love this song and this performance is particularly unique. And we look almost identical here, kinda spooky!

 

Here is some of the music from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert shown on HBO.

 

 

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A Meaningful Life Trumps

litebeing:

Excellent piece on the relationship between fulfillment of purpose and happiness. Eric’s perspective contains wisdom and heart.

Originally posted on Eric Tonningsen's "Awakening to Awareness":

“Life is not infinite, but its potential is. Embrace every second and you’ll triumph over compunction.” ~ Eric Tonningsen

It took years, but I finally figured it out. When you’re not happy, unfulfilled, or not living a meaningful life — you ought to (I really wanted to type must) make a change. If you remain a slave to cultural expectations, and the trappings of money, power, status and/or perceived success, you’ve left a void in your life. I told myself, “If you’re truly unhappy with your job, move on.” “Find a way to pursue your passion and your mission in life.”

So I left a world in which I prostituted myself to shareholders, made good money, traveled the world and had whatever I wanted. What was missing was meaning and significance. And I knew this for some time.

I’m not saying quit your job; you may love your job.  But…

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