Flower of the Day – June 24, 2016 – Hydrangea

I have no choice but to reblog this gorgeous representation of my gravatar. Behold the splendor of purple hydrangea courtesy of Cee.

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Feel free to add your floral photo to the comments. This way we can all enjoy everyone’s flowers.

This hydrangea photo was taken at the Newell Pioneer Village not too far where we live in an area we call Champoeg State Heritage Area, see my Thursday Door post.

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In Plein Air

Is it just me or is time racing by with a vengeance? We have a second Sag full moon, the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere ( Happy Winter to our friends in the Southern Hemisphere) and Father’s day, all within 24 hours or less of one another.

This brings up plenty of stuff for me. Beginnings and endings, light and dark, knowledge and wisdom, fathers and daughters, presence and uncertainty.

Let’s begin with a touch of grace. Last Sunday I decided to have a brief stroll down Germantown Avenue to take in the Plein Air competition. Plein air is associated with the open air painting style found in French Impressionism. I live very close to the Garden district but rarely feel drawn to aimlessly wander up and down the avenue. But this event has a Parisian feel to it, so I figured why not?

After a healthy lunch, I begin walking up hill, on the lookout for artists doing their thing. Without notice , it hits me. I feel so different ; it is so pleasant and yet very unfamiliar. I was relaxed. I was at peace. My mind had slowed down on its own and my anxiety had washed away. I was able to be present without effort. My authentic self surfaced as I made conversation with the artists and felt the gentle breeze. It was a slice of heaven on Earth.

I intend to enter this space more often. When I am fully engaged, I am less likely to ruminate or obsess. I can align with whatever arises and be in the flow. Simple pleasures do abound. Sometimes an attitude adjustment is required, other times, Grace is at hand.

I do not have my father on Earth anymore, and I never liked celebrating Father’s Day. At least, I do not have any memories of enjoying it. So many people grow up without fathers or have poor relationships with their dads. Parenting and nurturing are so crucial in our society. I have made much headway in forgiving my father. He was a flawed person who had a troubled life. But he did not leave my mother and  he always put food on the table. I have less anger and resentment in my heart. This is progress.

The song Daughters came to me while thinking about this post. My brother-in-law is a great dad to his two daughters. My nieces are really blessed in this way and it will help them grow into womanhood with confidence and strength.

To all the dads and future dads out there, take a listen and pay attention. You are capable of so much potentially.

Wishing all my readers the brightest of days and the sweetest of dreams.

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Dreams Made Manifest ~ The Clintons

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After writing my latest post about the power of women, I was curious to see if I recorded my dream about the Clintons that relates to the presidency. I searched my journals and voila, I found it.

Dream Title ~ The Clintons  recorded on 7-12-13

I am in a building, maybe an office. I see Bill Clinton and I approach him. I say ” I wish we would see more of you on TV doing policy. You are more like a stay-at-home dad now, not that there’s anything wrong with that role.”  He is walking fast and I am not catching up to him. He sounds brilliant and thoughtful. He may be discussing economic issues.

Later while alone I see Hillary. She asks me for advice so we go somewhere quiet. She is considering going to California in July but is not sure. I am thinking to myself that this is about the Presidential race. I ask her if there’s a deadline involved? I do not recall her answer or if she did respond to my question.  I suggest she spend a few days there to see if she likes the area and to also get grounded ( spiritual practices perhaps?) .

I do want to mention that a few days prior to the dream I watched Hillary on live stream at my alma mater Bryn Mawr College. However, there are many levels to dreams and I do not always dream about those I view online or elsewhere. I also am thinking that grounding may have to do with her political ground game ( I watch a lot of MSNBC).

Upon awakening I remember thinking she will run again for president. It clearly seems that California was pivotal to the outcome this time around. Primaries are usually decided much earlier. In my dream July was noted, but this event took place in June. Keep in mind that I was not aware of primary contest dates back in 2013.  This dream took place about three years ago but I never completely forgotten it. I have dreamt about the Clintons and other government figures from time to time. But this seemed more ” real”.  I am so glad I bothered to record it. Lately I have not been motivated to write down my dreams. Hopefully my motivation will return shortly.

I welcome any and all comments about the meaning. What stands out for you?

 

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I am Woman, Queen of Swords

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The Goddess Tarot by Kris Waldherr

Howdy litebeings! It has been awhile, I know. But I have been busy. I will post on this later, because there is another matter that has been simmering. It has reached the proper temperature and is ready to serve.

I typically pull a card or two with every lunation. The new moon in Gemini was an important one for me as it was close to my own moon. I was very excited to draw the Queen of Swords. I can really relate to her energy.

Here is an excerpt from www.keen.com:

Have you been direct and honest in your dealings lately? Are you quick to understand the way things are done in any new environment? Have you been there and done that? Are you happy to share your expertise but still excited to learn the new ways of doing things? The Queen of Swords is a pleasant card in the way it reveals that you have plenty of experience from which to draw, but are genuinely interested in always learning more. When this card appears in your Tarot reading, the worst that someone could say about you is that you are a bit jaded. But the positive possibilities are overwhelming in a card that tells it like it is with kindness and self-assurance.

What the queen sees, has seen and understands is vast beyond what those on the outside can comprehend. Nobody can know all of your experiences, and how you put them together to form a world-view speaks of your intellect and emotional maturity. The butterfly is a metaphor for having risen out of a cocoon to soar to heights previously unimagined and to look quite beautiful in all your freedom to explore the world from a variety of perspectives. Swords are the Tarot deck’s suit that signifies ideas and communication. The Queen of Swords is cerebral and intuitive, and exercises good judgment based on a wealth of experience and intellect: the epitome of wisdom manifest.

The same day that I pulled the Queen of Swords, I took an impromptu drive out in the country. I asked Spirit to give me some messages via the car radio. Not much was happening as I made my way past the farmland and wooded areas. As I headed towards the end of my trip, an old song came on that made quite an impact on me. I began to sing it loudly with confidence and a knowingness that it resonates strongly with my life so far. I could feel it in my bones.

The song was I am Woman by Helen Reddy. I grew up with the building momentum of the woman’s movement and really thought equality was around the corner. I was not raised to be a feminist, but nevertheless I expected to be treated equally and with dignity. I honestly couldn’t grasp why gender equality was not a foregone conclusion and I still feel this way!

In the video Helen Reddy mentions that 1975 was declared the International Year of the Woman by the United Nations. I wonder if 2016 will also be called the Year of the Woman? I am thinking of how Hillary Clinton’s role as the first Democratic nominee for President of the United States is bridging the gap between the 1960s and 1970s and the present. It is also a sign that we may finally be catching up with so many other countries such as Brazil, India, Israel, Germany, etc., that have had female leaders for decades.

These particular lyrics really hit me to my core:

Oh yes, I am wise
But it’s wisdom born of pain
Yes, I’ve paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can do anything 

When I look back on my life, particularly the last couple years, I see how much I had to endure and how these experiences changed me. Like the Queen of Swords, I have much wisdom to draw from, and yet; I am eager to learn more.

I feel that the Gemini new moon and the events that have followed were a harbinger of bringing a balance to power with the symbol of a strong,wise, seasoned, resilient, sometimes cynical Scorpio woman. This could be me, but I am talking about Hillary. She is far from perfect and not my first choice, but I admire her tenacity, intelligence, and dedication to service. She has known public humiliation and scandal. Yet she has survived and lived to tell the tale.

By Syed Atif Nazir [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

My moon is in my 4th house so it is at home in my natal chart. The world of intuition, mystery and beginnings and endings is its domain. Women who honor the moon in their lives are coming into their authentic power. The way of the soul is not weak or passive. It is natural and reveals one’s direction and destiny.

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On Living and Dying Day 17 by litebeing

Please check out my guest post on Sreejit’s year-long series On Living and Dying. This exploration was cathartic and quite timely. There is still time to contribute, so email Sreejit if you are interested.

The Seeker's Dungeon

All Is Not What It Seems

by litebeing of litebeing chronicles

Death is not my thing. I clearly remember being about 7 years old lying in bed instead of sleeping. I decided that we shall live to be 100 years old. I subtracted 7 from 100 to conclude I only had 93 years to live. Some would say I was precocious or an old soul, but c’mon! Why was I lamenting on my remaining 93 years at such a tender age? I had not experienced any major losses yet. I was not surrounded by serious illness or injury. Why was I so morose? All is not what it seems.

When my sister’s friend’s father was terminal, I was in my teens. I took this incredibly hard. My mother sensed that I don’t handle death well. I just could not fathom life without this kind man who was needed as a…

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