Poetry – feelings are among my “favorite things”

I have been feeling very emotional the past few days. Sad, excited, melancholy, fearful, joyous, bored, aggravated. At first I thought , so much for the Grand Water Trines and Star of David astrological configurations that have been gracing our planet. Then I came to the realization that water is emotion and plenty of water equals plenty of emoting. How individuals respond to transits will vary. One must consider more than the boiler plate definition of a transit or a planet such as a trine is good or Saturn is bad. Everyone is unique and even people born in the same hospital at the same time are going to process energy differently. So I conveniently forgot about over – emotionalism and focused on glittery mystical manifestations. So you live and learn!

Then I went with cellphone in hand on a short nature walk. You know the drill, take a stroll and be open to what appears. So coming round the bend I spot a few Eastern Tiger Swallowtails. Oh how excited I was to see these adventurous spirits once more!

For more details see https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/poetry-adventures-in-stillness-and-vast-mysteries/

As I got closer I noticed much activity among the various butterflies and bees. I made many attempts to shoot some male Swallowtails ( they do not have the blue markings of the female) without success. Once they got cozy and settled, my movements ruffled their wings and off they went. This was not a stillness moment at all. Once I realized that I was invading their space, I became a bit more detached and was able to produce this one shot:

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It was wonderfully liberating to photograph my first butterfly. A Facebook friend ( and actual friend) recently shared his swallowtail online and I must say it fired up my motivation to do the same. During the walk I contemplated that my intrusion may have threatened the butterflies’ freedom and security. I so love both freedom and security and some of my emotionality has to do with balancing both of these aspects in my daily life. The song ” Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music came to mind as I returned home. It could be a pre-cursor to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy since the premise is to replace old tapes with new positive thoughts. Yet replacing thoughts that no longer serve you is not the same as blocking or stuffing down emotions. Emotions are vital messages that need your focus and attention. Once they are acknowledged and embraced, they are free to trail off like the butterflies on a warm summer evening.

 While reflecting later on emotions and mindfulness, the song  Feel This Moment popped in my head. I really prefer to embrace and feel my feelings so they can serve their purpose and then dissolve. Feelings are such a gift and my nature is very watery with a Scorpio stellium, Moon in the 4th house, Mars in Cancer and a very prominent Neptune.

During this part of the post I always introduce some complementary , random poetry. In light of the emotional tone set today, I decided instead to include The Guest House by Rumi. It is a favorite of mine and is prominently placed on my refrigerator door. I have it placed there to remind me that every experience I encounter is a lesson to be learned.

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Regardless of where these transits take you, please remember that victim consciousness is a choice. You can always be active in your life by accepting and feeling your way through.

What are some of your favorite things?

How have you been feeling the past few days?

Do you judge or deny your emotional state of being?

How do you balance security and freedom?

for further study:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy  http://www.beckinstitute.org/history-of-cbt/

Star of David configuration http://www.maryshea.com/star.html

Grand Water Trine

http://darkstarastrology.com/grand-trine/

 https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/three-births-in-one/

http://virgomagic.com/2013/07/16/uranus-turns-retrograde/

brown – eyed susan header and butterfly image by litebeing chronicles © 2013

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An Astrological Pie (chart) Recipe

Thanks to my blogger buddy Julianne for her lovely post about her free astrology reading via my 111 global party giveaway. She is a sweet soul who prepares sumptuous banquets for the heart and spirit!

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When Linda at Litebeing Chronicles had her 111 Global Party, to celebrate she offered a free Western Astrology birth chart reading to three lucky readers. Though I’ve had my Vedic chart read by others, and I have studied and read numerous Western charts, I hadn’t had my Western chart read by a professional astrologer, so I jumped at this opportunity for a reading. Lucky for me, Linda picked me as one of the three recipients!

In conjunction (haha, pun intended!) with the Weekly Writing Challenge: A Pinch of You/Recipe, and based on the reading of my birth chart that Linda gave me, I thought I’d share this recipe of the pie (chart) that makes me:

Elemental Ingredients:

  • 4 cups water
  • 3 cups fire
  • 2 cups air
  • 1 cup earth

Herbs and Spices:

  • 2 tablespoons each of intuition/psychic abilities and spirituality
  • 1 heaping tablespoon each of nurturing, creativity, communication…

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Three births in one

They say good things come in threes so I am running with it today. I have three announcements on the agenda and they all herald the birthing process. Oh how I love when patterns develop, it’s icing on the German Chocolate cake!

First up: Prince Cambridge was born today. Congratulations to William and Kate on their new arrival. I think his birth chart is a winner with 2 Grand Water Trines, Mercury stationing and an applying full moon. For a more detailed analysis, please check out Donna Cunningham’s post at http://skywriter.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/heres-the-chart-more-later/  Donna’s blog Skywriter is amazing. I have been reading her books and following her online long before I knew a WordPress from a bench press! This Social Worker/Astrologer is a great role model for astrological counselors like me. Please visit her blog and you will understand why I am showering her with praise.

Next up: I drew one card from the Sacred Path Cards deck (by Jamie Sams)  to get my personal message for this full moon. I enjoy pulling these oracle cards on new moons, full moons, and some other occasions. I currently use this process for myself or incorporate it into my astrological sessions with clients. My 6th and 12 houses are spotlighted by this Leo / Aquarius full moon. 6th house matters have been on my mind lately. With a mixture of relief and some Leo pride , I was able to take this picture of the card for you using my cellphone:

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This is the first time I chose this particular card for myself. Dexter ( my cat) actually came into the room and squealed as I placed my hand over the card so it was graced with feline approval! According to Jamie Sams , here is an excerpt from the Pow-Wow teaching:

Each year when the richness of summer moved across the Earth Mother and Old Man Winter was just a memory, most Bands and Tribes of each Nation have gathered for what is known as a Pow -Wow. This time of gathering was a ” quickening” for the People.  As the growth of a child in the womb feeds its mother’s heart with joy, these gatherings produced a quickening of talents that fed the People. … Coming together to share our new discoveries and information will strengthen our ability to heal ourselves and live in harmony with our planet.

Here is the message on the Pow -Wow card’s application:

If the Talking Drums have signaled a Pow – Wow, you are being put on notice to gather together with like mind and exchange ideas. The quickening of some aspect of your life will be aided if you use a support system and see what type of support you can call upon from others.  The Pow-Wow card is marking a time of calling in your markers.  You may need assistance or just a friend to be a sounding board.  Your focus will become clearer , and you may receive the boost you need from just an encouraging word or two. The quickening is inside of you and speaks of the time just preceding birth. Whatever you are giving birth to at this time can be assisted by gathering your friends around you for the needed support.

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Pow – Wow dancer

 This gathering of like-minded souls to exchange ideas and information sounds an awful lot like blogging, don’t ya think? Perhaps what we do here through this global network is somewhat ( but not entirely) tribal in nature. I have learned so much from the wisdom of indigenous people. We are so fortunate to have access to some of their teachings.

 I am very excited about drawing this card, especially since my Mars return is coming soon. My Mars is in Cancer in the sixth house of work and service. The sixth house is an area of my life that is bursting forth with possibilities. My time here at WordPress has really shown me the power of a supportive, loving network and the joy I derive from the creative process. Networking with readers and fellow bloggers has really added an extra dimension to how I utilize my self-expression. This positive aura often crosses over into other aspects of my life.

I also see a wider collective application of this card for today’s Full Moon. Leo indicates the individual creative process and Aquarius signifies group consciousness. The Pow- Wow  elegantly brings together both energies. The Grand Water trine involving Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune also supports the birthing theme.  Mars/ Jupiter combines exuberant, intuitive drive  ( Mars conjunct Jupiter in Cancer),  and  creative inspiration (Neptune in Pisces) with a powerful foundation ( Saturn in Scorpio). This also correlates with a potent yet sustainable quickening / birthing process.

Which brings me to my third announcement: On Thursday July 25th, my interview by Ky Grabowski is being posted on Spotlight. Spotlight is a feature on Ky Grabowki’s blog that promotes people and their creative projects. This is my first public interview and I am very excited. Please check out Ky’s blog at http://kygrabowski.wordpress.com/. I was fortunate to win this interview by following the prolific Amber. Please check out Amber’s blog and learn about her work and her passionate spirit. I will be reblogging the interview here, but hope everyone will also go over to Spotlight to learn about the phenomenal folks also being spotlighted.

I believe my reading for this powerful full moon is fortuitous. My interview will highlight my writing projects and my astrology work.  I am in the early stages of launching my astrological counseling service where I combine my intuitive therapeutic skills with my astrological background. This concept has been floating around for a while and now is the time to bring it to fruition. I look forward to your feedback on the interview along with any questions that may surface.

So there you have it, three births in one. May today’s full moon offer you many moments to be radiant, both individually and in relationship. Let me know how the Pow – Wow card operates in your life!

Namaste

Update: Here is a clearer picture of the Pow Wow card for your viewing pleasure:

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It’s A Small World Update

Before Mercury goes direct, I want to re-post an old piece I did on the 1964 World’s Fair. The theme was international connection and the role technology plays in our global village. On this past Sunday’s CBS Morning news program, the focus was on how many of our past ideas about the future did not pan out. They featured The Jetsons and the 1964 World’s Fair. It was a fascinating show and I want to share some of it with you. So please enjoy my Small World post ( with updated photos!) and some links to Sunday’s broadcast:

But first, have some retro future fun and check this out!

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3445_162-57581743/the-future-isnt-what-it-used-to-be/

http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-3445_162-10016594-9.html

By Anthony Montemurro (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Wanna know why I am an international woman? Read on…. I was going to write about our inter-connected international world today. Then I discovered it’s International Women’s Day.  How perfect!

The story begins at the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Queens, New York. At the time we lived in Flushing so it was a no brainer to visit the fair. I was quite young, (pre-school age), but I have vivid memories of the fair.

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I loved the globe outside Shea Stadium. Always adored images of globes, planets, stars. Planetariums were sacred. This fascination with the universe helped shape my passion for astrology. I remember asking my parents to buy me some coconut milk. I tried some for the first time and it was wonderful. Exotic yet comforting and delicious. As I look back I am so surprised that this young child with no Caribbean or Asian heritage was asking for coconut milk. It seems I was destined to be a citizen of the world before I ever left the continent.

Then we were off to the futuristic exhibits. I was very intrigued with the telephone and other electronic gadgets – moon in Gemini personified. I clearly remember watching the demonstration of the picture phone. I was so excited! I wondered when will we have this in my home? Apparently the answer is “ Skype killed any chances of that happening!”

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The fair was magical and  I am so grateful that the original iconic globe remains. But I haven’t told you the best part of my trip. It was a ride called “ It’s a Small World ”.  Many people know of it from Disneyland or Disney World. But I believe it all started in Flushing.  Apparently Disney tested this attraction for possible inclusion in Disneyland. You got into a boat and it was dimly lit. Then you sailed into another room and the music began……

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Next comes the glowing lights all around you and the most enchanting voices in every language imaginable. I was immersed in a sea of captivating visual displays featuring gorgeous costumes and bold colors.

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I wanted to be part of this world so badly. I sang the song over and over again and begged my parents to take me on the ride another time. When I was much older I got to recreate my preschool memory by visiting Disney World. At that point I had been to a few foreign places and hungered for more. The astrologer in me knows that with my sun in a stellium in the 9th house and my venus and MH in Sagittarius,  I am going to have a love affair with the planet. Yet this connection seems much more soulful to me. I think it’s just that my entry into global consciousness is a little easier with my particular birth chart. I know we are approaching the new paradigm of what A Course in Miracles calls atonement.   At-one -ment

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Let’s fast forward to 2013 when I start this blog adventure. I had no idea what would be in store. I have met glorious people from so many more places than I have yet to travel like Indonesia, India and New Zealand.  I have also met some closer to home that I wouldn’t have known existed without the beauty of WordPress. It is so incredibly liberating to communicate with amazing spirits who enjoy what I do and express their gifts of writing, photography, etc in their blogs. Perhaps WordPress should consider renaming itself WorldPress . What happens here would boggle the mind of that young girl gazing with wonderment at the picture phone all those years ago. Even with a planet of 7 billion and growing, it truly is a small world……

By Thomas Hawk from San Francisco, USA (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

For those readers who are not yet familiar with A Small World , take a look.

Then ask yourself:

How has technology enhanced your relationships?

How has it hurt them?

Do you consider yourself a world citizen?

If you do, how must you change to improve the state of humanity?

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Poetry – adventures in stillness and vast mysteries

If you have been reading my blog lately, you have noticed my new habit. First, walk around in spaciousness waiting for creatures to emerge. Next, try to interact with whoever shows up. Find appropriate photo and symbology. Conclude with the pairing of spirit animal and ” random poetry.” Random poetry is my process of going within and then placing my thumb in the page of a poetry book. I am really loving this new habit because the frequency and variety of creatures is really encouraging. It is so exciting to see what happens. I also enjoy the relationship of the nature walk with the poem. I liken it to dinner theater for the soul.

So Saturday I took the same route, moving slower because of the high heat and humidity. I take the attitude that every walk is a blessing, with or without a new creature. This last walk was such a treat! Butterflies are quite abundant in my neck of the woods. I love butterflies and am sad to confess that I captured a few as a child and was genuinely surprised whan they did not survive their captivity. I usually will spot a butterfly and hope it will come towards me or at least stay on a flower long enough to photograph. I have yet to take a photo. Perhaps this inability to get a butterfly shot is associated with my regrettable past as a butterfly thief.  Anyway, Saturday was a whole new experience. I saw a gorgeous  yellow and black butterfly with light blue markings on the bottom of the wings. It was larger than its peers and was in no hurry to move.  It stayed in close proximity for a good 7 or 8 minutes and went from flower to flower as I watched. It looked like a Monarch with a lighter yellow color. I was without a camera so I stood there observing its markings for future reference.  The bees were abundant but I wasn’t afraid. I was so pleased that the bees were ignoring me and I felt safe. In fact I felt better than safe. I felt at one with my surroundings. I was astounded that the butterfly was communing with me.  Time froze as I aligned with the butterfly. Everything was in harmony.

I discovered that my friend is an  Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly.  She is female as evidenced by the blue markings. When I identified the species as tiger swallowtail, I remembered my recent tiger and lion visions during meditation. I also thought about all the times I would notice  a flight of swallows each morning on my way to work. Birds in flight bring me such peace.

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When I researched the butterfly’s symbolic relevance, I came across this lovely WordPress post. According to Taniamarieartist,

Swallowtails are different in a number of anatomical traits from all other butterflies, most notably, their caterpillars possess a unique organ behind their heads, called the osmeterium. Not only are they diverse, visionary, and adventurers, but they are highly unique beings with an extra bit of brain power!

The post later describes this beautiful tattoo of a shape-shifting shaman:

Depicted is a Native American Indian shaman/medicine woman shape-shifting collectively as all of what she embodies and portrays, but remaining individually unique simultaneously. I created her to look somewhat lion-like in facial featuring, as well as brought in some of the deer power animal essence through her facial energy, which had been another aspect of this client’s guides. She wears feathers, perhaps of the eagle or owl in her hair (again more of her guides), entwined twigs and leaves of Mother Earth, and her caped shawl with lion main emerging reminds me almost of the furry bear garments of the Native American Indians (bear and lion both also guides). But the stand-out was the lion and he emerges from her heart and throat chakras –his main and her hair and shawl all merging and integrating, his face doubling as the curvature of her neck and breast, and as the support system of the shoulder area and upper body standing in strength.

At the solar plexus a lotus essence almost like ethereal fire, emerges atop the butterfly with energy integrating into the lion’s mane, her hair and shawl. The swallowtail at the lower 2 chakra areas being released and freeing its creative abundance and joyful breadth of life-giving. Her hands are embracing of letting go within the power of knowing all is within to work alchemy as the magician, shaman and medicine woman that she is.  I see the depictions of all the elements here of earth, fire, air, water and spirit in symbolism.

Please check out this fascinating post for more detail. I was amazed to see some connection between her design and my recent meditative visions.

http://taniamarieartist.wordpress.com/tag/swallowtail-butterfly-symbolism/

And now for some random poetry by Mirabai :

A GREAT YOGI

In my travels I spent time with a great yogi.

Once he said to me,

” Become so still you hear the blood flowing

through your veins.”

One night as I sat in quiet,

I seemed on the verge of entering a world inside so vast,

I know it is the source of

all of

us.

see related posts:

 https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/poetry-how-about-a-snake-with-your-rumi/

https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/poetry-solstice-signs/

for information about Mirabai: http://www.poemhunter.com/mirabai/

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Our Spiritual Connection

I was led to this post while reading commentary on Shree’s The Heartsongs Blog  about intuition. This article describes so many wonderful ways that we are being contacted. I really love this post and encourage everyone to read it with an open mind and open heart.

In light, litebeing

Spirit Lights The Way

complexWhen friends and family members want our attention, they have plenty of options to choose from: e-mail, phone calls, text messages, blog comments, Facebook updates, and face to face encounters.

What about Spirit?

How does Spirit get our attention?

While certainly not an exhaustive list, here are a few ways that Spirit has managed to get my attention:

1. Instilled knowingness. We see something and KNOW it’s meant for us ~ a classified ad for a job opening which seems to be blinking in neon, a book on a library shelf which draws our attention as if it’s glowing, or a house up for sale that screams “Buy Me!”

For more on this: Winks, Whispers, and Nudges.

2. Music, Books, and Movies ~ lines jump out at us and we realize their relevance to where we are on the path.

An example:  Just Leap . . . And The Net…

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7-11-13: These are days to remember !

When we were kids, my parents acknowledged all of our half birthdays. So at some point you go from 8 to 8 and a half. Or 35 to 35 and a half ( my parents did this too!)  My parents were married on my mother’s half birthday, which eventually became my sister’s actual birthday.  Still with me here??  It is interesting to note that the placement of the Earth in one’s natal chart is the exact opposition of the Sun. So your Earth placement marks your half birthday. Mine is in Taurus which is a splendid place for the Earth, don’t ya agree? On this lucky 7-11 Thursday, my blog turns 6 months old. It is having its first half birthday! So litebeing chronicles is celebrating its first Earthday!

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Although the half birthdays were always mentioned while growing up, no celebrations took place at this halfway point. I don’t count half birthdays anymore, time flies so quickly from one year to the next. But I do want to celebrate this milestone for litebeing chronicles.  I love the notion of having a soundtrack to my life. This is why I often add music to my posts. Moments can glow when set within in a musical frame, which is how I define a soundtrack. My spirituality also follows this thread. My friend and I had decided to call the Divine ” The Scriptwriter” who supplied us with the storyline. We would improvise with our lines and the ultimate character development. I like this metaphor because it gives some structure to a seemingly random set of events and situations. So I chose a song for this special anniversary. I have selected a timeless tune to set the mood : These Are Days by 10,000 Maniacs.

These Are Days is about living in the NOW with awareness, gratitude, and love. I am so grateful to all my supporters old and new. I had no idea this blog would last 6 months and I am incredibly blessed with so much kindness and support. This is so much more than I imagined. Thank you for taking this journey with me.  My wish for all of us is that every day is filled with moments of blessings and Divine communication of unwavering love. The Quakers believe that every day is a holy day so they do not elevate one day above another. I really like this sentiment because it places the focus on the present.  I pray for the holy in every moment. Let’s all do our best to spread our collective light to help create  that ultimate manifestation.

 

 

 

 

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Be who you must

A few weeks ago I was driving to an appointment and the route was clogged with traffic. I was tired from this stressful drive. When I finally arrived at my destination, this old  familiar song comes on the radio – Part of the Plan by Dan Fogelberg. I have not heard it in many years and I felt compelled to sit in my car so I could listen to the entire song. It reminded me that all is well. It also reminded me that we are here to recognize and carry out what we love to do.

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I am an artist underneath it all. No thinking required, it just is… So grateful that I figured it while I am still alive. Not everyone does.  Dan Fogelberg is not on this plane anymore, but part of his legacy is the art he left behind:

Part Of The Plan

I have these moments all steady and strong
I’m feeling so holy and humble
The next thing I know I’m all worried and weak
And I feel myself starting to crumble
The meanings get lost and the teachings get tossed
And you don’t know what you’re going to do next
You wait for the sun but it never quite comes
Some kind of message comes through to you
Some kind of message comes through
And it says to you…

(Chorus)
Love when you can
Cry when you have to
Be who you must
That’s a part of the plan
Await your arrival with simple survival
And one day we’ll all understand
One day we’ll all understand
One day we’ll all understand

I had a woman who gave me her soul
But I wasn’t ready to take it
Her heart was so fragile and heavy to hold
And I was afraid I might break it
Your conscience awakes and you see your mistakes
And you wish someone would buy your confessions
The days miss their mark and the night gets so dark
And some kind of message comes through to you
Some kind of message shoots through —
And it says to you…

(Chorus)

There is no Eden or Heavenly gates
That you’re gonna make it to one day
But all of the answers you seek can be found
In the dreams that you dream on the way

In light, litebeing

Returning Home : Part II – Italian Cathedrals, Updated Edition

By Stefan Bauer, http://www.ferras.at (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Roman Forum

Update:  Please enjoy some new photos added for your viewing pleasure …..

Sometimes traveling somewhere distant can take you right ” home.” I was incredibly fortunate to spend a few magical weeks travelling throughout Italy. As an Italian American , spending some time in the land of my ancestors helped me appreciate some of the origins of my love of food, art, history, and la dolce vita.  I was transported to a realm Eckhart Tolle calls spaciousness while visiting cathedrals. Words can barely describe how I feel when I am in the presence of these breathtaking works of art so I will let the images speak to you. 

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St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City

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Sistine Chapel Ceiling

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Michelangelo’s Creation

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Michelangelo’s Last Judgement

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Outside St. Peter’s Square , Vatican City

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Basilica Di San Marco, Venice

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 San Marco Ceiling

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San Marco Mosaic

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San Marco Altar

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Duomo, Milan

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Duomo Altar

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Inside Duomo

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Duomo Stained Glass Window 

Duomo_Out_S15 By Spens03 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Outside Detail, Duomo

Duomo,_Milan (WT-shared) Ronnie Pander at wts wikivoyage [CC-BY-SA-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 Duomo, Milan

For myself the sheer beauty of these places of worship transcends any intention by the artists, architects, priests or popes. It’s all about the immersion into the awe and wonder where I discover the portals into the Divine. What about you?

 

see related posts:

https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/returning-home-part-iii-sagrada-familia/

https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/returning-home-part-i-meditation/

all photos courtesy of wikimedia commons.org :

Roman forum by Stefan Bauer, http://www.ferras.at (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

St. Peter’s by Andreas Tille (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Outside St. Peter’s Square by  DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

Basilica San Marco and San Marco Ceiling ( 2 photos) by Ricardo André Frantz (User:Tetraktys)     http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/deed.en

San Marco Mosaic by Maria Schnitzmeier http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:GNU_Free_Documentation_License_1.2

Duomo, Milan by Jiuguang Wang http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

 Duomo Altar, Duomo Stained Glass Window, and Outside Detail, Duomo ( 3 photos) by  Spens03 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Inside Duomo including seated area by By メルビル (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Duomo ( final photo) by  (WT-shared) Ronnie Pander at wts wikivoyage [CC-BY-SA-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons