Every New Year I have a particular ritual. I buy 2 calendars, Llewellyn’s astrological calendar and one wild card. Due to my current frugal nature, I recently have waited until after the new year to make these purchases since they are often on sale. Can’t beat 50% off!
On New Year’s Day I wake up full of anticipation. I set my intention to head out to the local Barnes and Noble in suburban Philadelphia. They typically have the items that I desire, including the sometimes elusive Llewellyn. So on a cold , windy mid-afternoon, off to Barnes and Noble I go. My plan was for a short, focused shopping trip. I would run a few errands and then return home. You know what they say about plans! This trip turned out to be anything but short and focused.
I arrived at the store with a sense of purpose. Once the calendars are in my hands, I can officially begin this year. As an astrologer , I like to make appointments and such by reviewing the daily planetary aspects . Aspects are the relationships between the sun, moon and the planetary bodies which are measured by degrees using geometric principles. Some aspects are considered harmonious, while others are found to be rather challenging. I must say I have become quite reliant on this information when it comes to decision-making. Perhaps I will delve into this matter on a future post!
Much to my dismay, most of the items have sold out and I am staring at sad-looking empty displays where an abundance of 2013 possibilities once stood. My inner voice quickly morphed into my inner critic. My inner critic was agitated, asking questions like
” Why did you wait till the last-minute? Why didn’t you pick up the calendars a few weeks ago when there were plenty of choices? What’s so important about saving a few bucks? What are you going to do if you can’t find anything? How will you organize your meetings, appointments, life?”
Once I centered myself, I created a new plan. I decided to visit some neighboring stores. If that didn’t work, I would go to the mall. I browsed the aisles at both an office supply store and a Superstore and came up empty-handed. The mall was my last resort. The thought of traipsing through a crowded mall on a holiday didn’t sit well with me. Yet I was on a mission so I decided to make that pilgrimage to suburban shopper’s paradise .
After a long search for a spot in the parking lot, I arrived at my destination. Once inside, I spy a calendar store on the first floor level. I scurry over, eager to see what awaits me. I select a Simplicity calendar as my wild card pick. It has lovely photography alongside some inspiring monthly quotes. I feel satisfied with my choice but now on with the hunt for Llewellyn! There does not seem to be any astrological calendars in the store. I don’t give up easily, recalling that in seasons past a meticulously thorough search was essential for success. I notice a folksy calendar at the bottom of the rack designed by someone named Linda. I take that to be a sign and begin to plow through that section and ta da!!!! , underneath the Linda creation hides Llewellyn !!
So I grab this buried treasure along with the wild card and go to the register. I happily discover that the 50% off sale is in effect and thank the gentleman at the cash register. I wish him a happy new year and visit one more store that’s having a clearance sale. I cannot find anything there that I like so I decide to check out one more place before returning home. I don’t know where this store is located so I take some time to get my bearings. From above I hear some incredibly loud music:
If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?
It’s a favorite song of mine, Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol. While I’m standing still, mesmerized by this comforting melody, I wondered when malls starting playing music like this and is the music typically this loud?
As I remain immobilized by the music, I hear these words:
Forget what we’re told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden that’s bursting into life
While standing still, oblivious to any sense of time and space, I notice a strangely familiar profile to my immediate right. It’s an old friend that I have not seen in several years. I call out her name, she turns around and exclaims ” Linda, I’ve been thinking about you!” We stand together being serenaded by Snow Patrol and catch up on our lives. We quickly agree that this was no chance meeting. My friend concluded this ” chance encounter” was meant to happen and suggested that while we were sharing our stories there was a sense that we were going back in time.
About an hour and a half later, we exchange numbers, hug goodbye and go our separate ways. I leave the mall invigorated and awestruck. I was experiencing the present and twenty some odd years of memories simultaneously. My body also seemed younger and more vibrant. I had a very strong sense deep inside my being that 2013 was to be an extraordinary year.
1) Have you ever felt like you were being led on a wild goose chase only to later discover a wonderful synchronicity (loving collision) was in progress?
2) What types of visual art/music/poetry or other sensory experience take you to another state of being? Is there symbolism embedded in the medium?
3) Have you ever experienced a melting of time and/or space?
mayan calendar image by Eytan6 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
clock courtesy of wikimedia.org, public domain