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I am excited to write in an unbound, free flowing style today. I am posting photos I took about a year ago, give or take. This is to harken back to a Pre-pandemic winter, even if for a brief moment. I am so glad that I do not have to relive January 2020 and that the Sun will enter Aquarius tomorrow. While I am aware that a simple change in the Sun’s placement will not end all the suffering, I am eager for more future oriented energies. However, I recently mused that the Trump administration benefited from all the Earth ( Capricorn and Taurus) placements. Without so much Earth, I could have predicted more chaos, scamming, and impulsive reckless actions. No, I am not a fan!
I love my country. My ancestors travelled far to get here and not on the Mayflower. They left to escape economic hardship, oppression and discrimination. While they all arrived between the late 19th century and early twentieth century, many were left behind. I do not know many details but have heard some of them perished in the Holocaust. I read the books Night and Man’s Search for Meaning in school and they were difficult to get through. The horror never left me entirely. I recall picturing myself in these situations. I doubt I would have had the strength to find the light. Fortunately I did not have to endure that level of darkness. Yet I am acutely aware that my country has dabbled in Authoritarianism and Fascist actions. I have been on high alert, if I am being honest, for over four years. I know people who operate like Trump and I know his chart. Why are people surprised at what he does? He is being his authentic broken self. I pray we get over the finish line to inauguration without any more bloodshed, but I am quite doubtful.
My country is flawed and so are its people. Being human implies imperfection, so it is what it is. Martin Luther King was a man with some issues but stood for non – violent activism. I wonder what he would say about America if he was alive today. Americans tend to get all excited over sports teams and picking sides. We tend to drink too much and get carried away. I do not like that aspect of my country. I think some of this division is due to decades of loss, disappointment, and erosion of the American dream. There are few true heroes for people to emulate, especially children who need decent role models. Families struggle with so many problems today, way before the 21st century began. Suicide is up, opioid addiction has been skyrocketing and life expectancy is lowering. Most of are doing worse than the generation before us, not better. I like the idea of more goodies in exchange for the taxes I pay. For those who do not want a stimulus check or unemployment benefits. why don’t you donate the money to a charity or gift it to someone in need? It is harder and harder to succeed in this rigged economy and that is a fact.
I took a walk today and I am glad I did. This makes 2 days in a row, wow! I need to walk and I have not been wanting to go outside. I tend to do well walking in the winter, taking in the brisk air and becoming energized by the cold. I did feel better and hope to walk longer distances this week. The GI system responds well to movement as does one’s nervous system. I did not take any pictures today. My focus was to clear my head. I did okay with my mission. I hope to keep walking daily so I can become stronger and more “alive” in my body.
I learned a bit about history today in an unexpected place. While reading an article for my art class, I found out some interesting information on La Belle Époque. This is a period between 1880 and the outbreak on WWI in 1914. It was nostalgically characterized in one of my favorite films Midnight in Paris. While I new about the culture and lavishness of the era, I did not know of the politics. There was an anarchist faction who envisioned utopia and wanted to end of economic disparity of capitalism. I definitely see a parallel between that time period and today, minus the blending of anarchy with utopia. I see the 21st century playing out with both philosophies, but the anarchists tend to be more conservative extremists and hate groups. There is no place for violence or hate in my utopia which is why I transform those thoughts when they enter my field, regardless of their source. How has your Monday been?
Happy everything under the sun and moon/ day litebeings!
I have been out of commission again with another colon – odyssey relapse but feel inspired to do some sharing tonight. My mind and heart has been all over the place, looking at old photos, experiencing quite spirited dreams, and reflecting on the Barnes Matisse class and my Reiki 1 certification. What does it all mean ?
What have I done, where have I been, what do I value, who do I love, what do I want, how can I feel alive in the present moment? Nostalgia, gratitude, regret, sadness, awe, grief, guilt, curiosity, I am feeling it all. Very intensely.
I do not have the energy or interest to write about today’s Blue Taurus full moon, Halloween, Samhain ( properly celebrated at 15 degrees Scorpio which happens to land on my birthday this year in my time zone!) or the highly hyped Mercury retrograde. There are many great articles out there and I rather make this more personal.
I have been feeling a strong pull to listen to Joni Mitchell’s music the last few weeks. I have a great CD of hers, which I used to play in the car, but my leased vehicle doesn’t have a CD player and my CD player at home is not working now. I am too fixed in my ways to start downloading music and listening to it on this pc with its crummy sound system. So YouTube on my TV does the trick for now.
You may wonder, why Joni Mitchell? Her voice takes me to other realms where all is calm and sweet. She is also a Scorpio and probably my favorite Scorpio musician, with Neil Young close behind. Her music is so ethereal and soothing, like a feather floating down from the sky, gently tickling your nose.
I have pulled her natal chart to take a closer look.
Joni Mitchell truly is a water goddess with Cancer rising, Scorpio sun, and Pisces moon. The sun weighs in at 14 degrees 52 minutes Scorpio so she is a Samhain cross quarter day soul! I can sense the twilight, longing, melancholy and darkness in tone, along with pain, rage, and relentless passion.
With Saturn conjunct Mars in Gemini in the 12th ruling her descendant, she has not been happy with the men in her life, but still her romantic aspirations often appear to emerge anyway ( Moon in Pisces on the MC opposing MC ruler Neptune conjunct Venus in Virgo the 4th house. ) Like many Scorpios there is deep love and affection mixed in with many mighty stings! Sun conjunct Mercury in Scorpio in the 5th lends itself well to an intense and highly talented performer, which she certainly has proven to be.
Her chart is closely aligned with mine with several conjunctions, sometimes to the exact degree. However our lives have taken quite different paths and she is truly a product of the Boomer Generation, where I am more on the cusp between Boomer and X. I see her as a feminist, activist, and cultural icon, who never seemed to linger in the shadow of her male singer songwriter counterparts of the sixties and seventies. Good on Jonie! She also closely physically resembles one of my WP blogger buddies, but I will keep her name a secret. I will say that I never thought of it until tonight. Hmmmm, I wonder if that is some of today’s liminal energies bringing in that awareness?
So I will leave you with a few of my favorite Joni videos so you can enhance your weekend and appreciate her artistry with fresh ears. Thank you Joni for expressing the water element so gracefully and completely.
A few minutes ago the title for this post came to me and it is perfect. Honestly, I have no one or no – thing to blame for my misfortune, but sometimes it is fun to regress a little and place the blame somewhere. Today’s New Libra Moon has really turned out to be a bummer for me and I did not have any expectations. I do have hope that tonight may turn out to be lovely. But I want to write about how I am feeling right now. It seems like my latest round of job leads has been disappointing and misleading. Just a week and a half or so ago I was feeling quite jubilant, in the flow and excited about two interviews. Then in the midst of this timeline another job that sounded even better emerged and the employer expressed interest in me. I even dreamed about telling someone about it last night, meaning it had remained with me in the astral.
All three jobs did require that I stuff myself in a box in terms of clinical approach. But they had remote work flexibility and decent pay and were happy to take someone without the LCSW. The two screening interviews I had last week were awkward and felt forced. One already wrote a rejection email. I am waiting to hear back from the other. The most interesting twist is about the third job, which has excellent pay, is very close to home and offers benefits and fulltime hours.
I was asked to answer a question about projecting myself three years into the future and I enjoyed that challenge. The other day I was informed I was going through to the next phase of the selection process. I was asked to perform an online assessment to see if I would be a good fit. In the past I have had to do this once or twice with poor results. This time I was given the name of the instrument so I looked it up. I was curious how this test would influence their decision so I paid to take the test first myself and learn about how it works. I could not find a free test and considered it to be an investment. It was definitely interesting and echoed a little of my Myers Briggs profile. Today I was ready to take the test for the prospective employer and the code did not work. This seemed off but I attributed it to Mercury retrograde. I emailed the practice to tell them about the glitch so I could take the assessment. Half an hour later I get an email from an admin thanking me for my interest and telling me they hired someone else. What happened??
My mind went down a rabbit hole. I thought that maybe they knew I took the test already and that perhaps disqualified me. Or they accessed my results and decided not to move forward. Or it was a miscommunication. Eventually the practice owner responded and said that the hiring process moved faster than expected and that she will keep my resume on file as they expect another vacancy in the winter. I do not know if I believe what I was told, but I need to let it go. I will be kind to myself and let my feelings move through me. While musing on this, I remembered something my Reiki teacher said recently about the second attunement she did for me. She received a message that my need to control situations usually makes them worse and that I must find a way to be in the flow. I really tried to control this assessment situation. I did not like being judged this way and wanted to “crack the code”. The irony here is that my test results revealed that I do a lot of research and preparation when I face a difficult problem.
So here you go.
In the midst of this dreary day I drove to the post office to mail my ballot. It was anticlimactic. I usually like to wait in line to vote and find this ritual energizing. But it is more convenient to go the mail – in route. I am not excited about this election, just three days before my 60th birthday ( a discussion for another day). I am not a Biden fan. I remember him from the Anita Hill fiasco during the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court hearings back in the nineties. I found him to be sexist and it bothered me. If I could choose, it would be Marianne Williamson or Bernie Sanders. I prefer authenticly messy people over ambiguous phony people. But I certainly don’t want to live in a reboot of Nazi Germany. I read that Trump’s first wife said he would often read Hitler’s speeches over and over. I could go on about the Con Man/ Mob Boss in Chief, but I am out of wine and do not want to worsen my mood.
This Libra New Moon is very challenging as it squares Mars and opposes Jupiter Saturn and Pluto. So it behooves me to watch my words a bit online and off. And yet, as I ponder my job search and this latest theme of trying to please others by showing up as the prototype they prefer, I really resent not being simply me! I do not have a “brand” and shy away from writers who are inauthentic in order to always stay on brand. This is not for me. I revere honesty and want to write from a place of vulnerability.
I may never get a chance to find out if I was right for that job that required an assessment, but I really would like to work somewhere with people who are more like me. Where are they? Who are they? I don’t know. Libra energy is harsh for me because it occupies my solar 12th house and natal 8th house. These houses are messy and often contain hidden emotional baggage. I have no planets in Libra. I know some wonderful Libra folk like my advisor ( hey CL!) and my niece but many Libra’s I have encountered have caused me much harm or frustration. It is what it is. We all have our strengths and our weak spots.
Controlling outcomes is one of my weaknesses and Scorpios love to control. Tomorrow is a new day and fortunately my moods tend to change quickly of late. Writing about my darkness is a cathartic relief. So now to bring some light I will leave you with the song that inspired today’s title :
Hello litebeings, with the Mars square Pluto transit this morning, I learned that a friend of mine is seriously ill. She is so young and strong and this news makes no sense to me. No sense at all.
I drove to the store today and it became apparent that fall has arrived in Philadelphia. Slowly but surely the leaves are turning and gliding through the clear blue sky. I long for normalcy in this anything but typical year of 2020. Here is a reblog of my post about Philly traditions and shifting cycles of time.
It is only fitting that I post about this Hall and Oates song on the first full day of fall, here in Philadelphia. This version with Diane Birch is from Live from Daryl’s House. I moved to this city to start the fall semester of my senior year at Temple University, so it is an anniversary theme of sorts. My trip to University City last week really reminded me of those first days of freedom and adventure in a new city and new state ( Though I did live in Reading , PA as a child).
The first time I heard this song on the radio while living in Philly was very special to me because it was in early autumn. I told myself I would hear it every year on the radio as a way to usher in the season and mark my life in this amazing…
It all began with setting an intention to receive a symbol from Source. The other day ( was it yesterday?) I asked for a carriage. Today I was curious about viewing Barnes Takeout Art Talk on YouTube and chose the Glackens piece above because of the pastel colors and soft lines. Later on the video I noticed a horse drawn carriage on the upper left hand side. Yes! I exclaimed, here’s my sign!
Glackens was an impressionist painter from Philadelphia and a close friend of Albert Barnes. This piece is described as both an sketch and a painting and I am quite taken with it. The carriage is just a bonus.
When I examine my current take on my spiritual journey, I strive to bring it to down to basics. There is so much noise “out there” and my soul relies on simplicity and silence. Where do I stand on Ascension, QAnon, WayFair, The US presidential election, and so much more? How does any of this connect to finding a fulfilling job that I can see as part of my evolving career? I keep following the thread. I may be entertained by a belief system or teacher or pundit. Lord knows I spend so much time reading, viewing, listening ( via my new love Audible), and processing overwhelming amounts of data. I know that the limits of my senses will not give me answers, nor will my attachment to a particular teacher or personality outside of my self. It has to go deeper. It does not have to feel comfortable but it has to feel authentically true. That is the work of my higher self to reveal to my embodied human self.
I used to be so decisive but lately I work diligently to take in multiple points of view. It is no secret that we are failing as a people and that life does not have to be so hard for so many. That much I am sure of. The different terms and labels do not clarify anything for me. Words ( and as a writer I am fond of words) fall short of eliciting meaning from socio-political-psycho-spiritual constructs. They only add more fog to the mix.
So I am going to showcase a few more from the Glackens archives and keep following a thread until it leads me somewhere that pops in my soul. Until when the next thread arrives, and so on.
Let’s keep creating and supporting each other, irregardless of the temporary opinions we espouse at any given moment. If you are for love and hope and restoring light, we got this!
images courtesy of wikiart.org and the barnesfoundation.org
UPDATE : Imagine my surprise to hear Obama’s historic speech warning about the possible end of the US democracy live from Phila’s Museum of the American Revolution. Was it really just back in March when I visited this sacred space during my short staycation?
This post is the sequel to my last post about free thinking and reprogramming the mind. This blog is not primarily political in nature but I do speak up when I have an opinion that connects with the evolution of our planet. I have a few opinions I want to share today. Let me preface this to say my goal is not changing anyone’s belief systems, but rather to share my truth at this time.
First, here’s a little background: While I grew up in a family with constant bickering, my parents actually did agree for the most part about politics. While my mom would never disclose who she voted for, I knew she and my father were liberal Democrats and never wavered. My father would say many people became Republican once they became affluent, but since that did not happen for us, no worries! I do not believe my political views were passed onto me by my parents. We agreed on very few things and my lifestyle is incredibly different from what was “expected of me. ” It is simply a surprise that my general political values did not stray far from the generation before me. However, my ideas continue to move further and further away from Democratic capitalism because I have come to see how our system in the US is slavery, thinly covered up with a veil of participatory representation. There are elections in autocratic governments around the world, but simply window dressing. I hope the New Earth we co create will make it possible for all people to live out their potential without the burden of working in jobs they hate in order to support the Military Industrial Complex and the players behind the scenes.
I was strongly encouraged to vote and my 18th birthday was the day before Election day so that next day my parents took me to the polling place. They did not tell me who to vote for but wanted to celebrate this rite of passage. Later in life my parents became poll workers. I do not take this right for granted and it came late to women (this is the 1oo year anniversary of the Suffrage movement although many women of color did not get to participate until much much later) in the US. I was deeply affected by Watergate and watched Nixon resign on television with my family while on vacation. I did watch some of the hearings while much of it was over my head. I had no illusions about corruption and power at a young age. I also paid attention to how I felt when I heard someone speak. I wanted to feel inspired but at the same time, I was no fool. I am still no fool and can read people like a book, my Scorpio super power 🙂
The interview with Tom Montalk was amazing and so chock full of information. Some of the premises I had heard before but his grasp of the concepts helped me integrate them with ease. I was not happy though to hear again this emphasis on the Left and Socialism being bad and part of the NWO. The soundbite is: Small Government = Good, Big Government = Bad. I am stating a oversimplification here, but many of the “woke” notions are way too simple.
I learned in school that the US was built on manifest destiny and rugged individualism but this morphed into an exploitation of the original Tea Party and Trickle Down economics. I remember all my student grants being taken away when Reagan assumed office and college became less affordable. And I knew there was more of this change to come. What I did not know was that this timeline was the beginning of the erosion of middle class America.
The online world is hyped with this notion of freedom, patriotism, and sovereignty. All sounds great, right? Yes, and this matrix we live in is mostly a fatalistic determined system. Watch Westworld and you will see what I mean. I am told by many that we choose our incarnation between lifetimes and yet there is no real time in the higher dimensions , but I digress…
My astrology knowledge leads me to conclude that a large percentage of our trajectory is decided for us, but that some free will is tolerated. Free will is typically exercised in reaction to pre-determined life events. We can go off script and many of us will continue to do so, at least part of the time. I am a lover of the ideal of freedom and not conventional. Yet I do not think one can be totally free in a 3D body in 2020.
But I go back again and again to what resonates for me. How do I feel when I watch a video or read an email or talk to someone face to face? What feels off and what feels good to me? These self inquiries are very important. I do not think Socialism is a dirty word and I also think that the far left and far right eventually end up at the same place, fascism and loss of agency. If Trump wins or refuses to leave, I am afraid my people will be sent back to the camps and elections will continue ” Putin and Castro style. ” I do not care if people agree with me or not, but he is effing out of his mind! How can I ignore my training as a therapist and ignore the obvious?
I do like the idea of basic protections for every human and will not apologize for it. I do not like so much of my tax money going to the military. I never understood the point of war and my leanings have not shifted. I rather more of my money be spent on education, health care, and protecting the environment. I welcome basic universal income but I do not think that translates into people not working. Having a purpose is part of the package and most people want to be productive. Most of human existence has been built on the backs of slaves, indentured servants, and the impoverished. It took me a little while to grasp how unfair it is that most humans have to spend most of their time working at jobs they hate just to feed their families and have a place to live. I thought that this was just how the world works. I figured it out eventually and began to see that we can create so much more if survival was a given, not a daily challenge. Most of us are still very much enslaved but are no longer labeled as such.
Democratic Socialism is a form of representative government where people have a say in shaping society and also have governmental support. As someone who has spent a few years off and on with a lack of secure employment, I know there is a better way. I would say that FDR is among my favorite leaders. I did a paper on the Depression in junior or senior high and learned about all the public works programs he initiated. ( I also wrote a paper on Watergate right after it was complete). Perhaps I was destined to study Social Work and formally become a Social Worker. I knew rather early on how I wanted to make the world a better place ( lightworker memories maybe?)
I am well aware there are elites in both political parties and that so so many of our “leaders” are puppets. Yet, there are some who cannot be swayed or bought and have moral integrity. I want to live in a world without homeless people, without uncontrolled addiction and mental illness, without school shootings, without racial and gender inequality. What many countries have right now is government surveillance, dependence on big tech and the uber billionaire class, and very little autonomy. I do not see why the “woke ” are not interested in helping the ill get free healthcare and the financially strapped get low cost access to higher education. Debt equals servitude and I know this all too well. I am not advocating a planetary government and think that would be a disaster. If greed was off the table, many more nations would be able to choose their own form of self governance. But greed is currently very much alive.
I hope this piece at the very least makes a case for softening the polarity between red and blue philosophy. I do not like getting government income but would be on the streets right now without it. I worked for City Government for close to 20 years and saw first hand how corrupt and manipulative it can be. Yet over time I enjoyed union protections, generous raises, excellent medical benefits and substantial vacation time. I also was gifted great opportunities while working there to assist fractured families and improve the quality of many excellent fully or partially – funded governmental programs like MANNA. I also was given the chance to go to school full time to obtain my MSS degree ( practically tuition – free) while working part time and still receive my entire salary and benefits. Like so many situations. with the bitter lies the sweet.
I know I am lucky to not have been born in Russia or some of the other places where my ancestors came from. As a Jew, I am a descendant of slaves and that data is encoded in my DNA. In fact, many thought leaders say all of humanity was manipulated numerous times by off – planet beings. This could very well be true, especially since we use so little of our brain capacity and regain so much of our violent tendencies. Most of us are enslaved in one form or another. Writing this article is one way I can become unshackled. I do not want to be boxed in. I am a lightworker and I do not think Trump is a savior. We must save ourselves! I wish this was not the case but I am afraid our rights will be further eroded if we do not get rid of this evil regime. My heart goes out to our brothers and sisters in Belarus who are actively fighting to dismantle their country’s police state. Trump wants the US to have the same set up by derailing our rights to vote through dismantling the USPS. I am not endorsing the Democratic alternative but I prefer vanilla to what we have now. Critical thinking means being willing to be unpopular in order to be cool with your soul. I am more than willing to do this. The answers will become clearer when people begin making assessments with their inner resonance. Tolerating difference is also essential, now more than ever. I guess my bottom line is that we must find a way to listen to each other and still retain our personal truths and unique energetic signatures.
Wishing you a lovely Sunday and peaceful week ahead.
Life requires courage, only the bold can continue to breathe in and breathe out. Existence on planet Earth, not for the faint of heart. Walking the path is the hero’s journey only. Cowards need not apply here. Fear is never far away, only a nuanced, inkling separates the being from the trap of despair.
Nature has its own secrets, only for the properly initiated. The rest of us counts the seconds, minutes, hours, between the first squeal and the final gasp. Linear time is a game that is tempting at first glance. And yet, the only way out is to quit playing.
The ocean is no joke. Either you learn to ride the waves or the waves ride you. Power is the ability to influence and Gaia’s a powerful mistress. Obey the silent cry within, never stray far from your truth, your core. Otherwise you may find your essence scattered…
Gaia is rebounding while most of us stay home. I don’t think this is a coincidence. MGHA ~ Make Gaia Healthy Again! Enjoy this “classic ” blog that still rings true today. Stay healthy everyone!
I adore Bill Maher and borrowed his tagline from last night’s New Rules segment as the title for this post. I do not think that Earth is not already great, but I do think it urgently needs extreme nurturing and collective respect. Sometimes a catchy slogan makes a difference. It did in the US presidential campaign.
While Bill’s rant is a bit satirical, he is a passionate environmentalist who often features activist scientists on his show. Check out this video and leave me your comments below:
Hello world, How are ya doing? I am stopping by with a shorter, more streamlined blog today. I want to simply report where I am now in terms of living with a pandemic. I do not feel like creating an elaborate, clever, article. Not today. Today I am just gonna keep it barebones and real.
I have noticed how much time I spend in fear and how easily triggered I have become. At first, I thought it had to do with developing IBS and later Diverticulitis, but actually, it started way before then. When you come from a home that is unstable and dysfunctional, you learn how to fend for yourself and you become “on alert.” While I do not think I have PTSD, I do see my tendency to slide into anxiety as default mode connected with repeated trauma. Self-work and therapy(ies) have made a difference but new triggers are a challenge.
Here are some highlights of today: Seeing my new unemployment balance online, but no deposit into my account. Being eligible for federal stimulus check but being told “status not available” on the new IRS payment portal. This is not a portal I want to float into! Getting a call from a life insurance company saying my benefits will be cut off but I could buy a new policy. Needing a mask and almost ordering one online ( until I discovered it was made in China.) My new health insurance provider emailed me to welcome me, in 2 weeks. Just 2 more weeks without health insurance. That thought was prominent for the past few days as I was severely ill and wondered what would happen if I needed emergency care. I am so grateful I feel better today. I have decided to stop figuring out what caused the symptoms. I know stress is at play and that is all I need to know.
I did feel more energized today and went out on a brief walk. I left my phone at home as I wanted to be more present. I saw many gorgeous springtime blooms and a few trees displaying that mellow light green hue that I adore.
Some readers know my love of birds and how a cardinal inspired a piece of poetry on Grace. On two occasions, April 10th and today, I have had cardinal visitations. While it is common for sparrows or robins to come by on my terrace, I cannot remember a cardinal coming over to visit me. If so, it would have been documented on my blog before now! Below are some quick shots from April 10th and then from this morning. Notice how cardinal energy is getting closer…
The first two shots were on the 10th and the rest were taken this morning. Many say cardinal energy is a connection with those who have departed and I do feel this is true for me. I cannot say who is visiting, but I am also seeing deceased relatives more in realtime. This brings me comfort as I feel more isolated after losing my work. I would tell my clients repeatedly how unpredictable life is and it is key to learn how to adapt without using. Boy, I had no idea just how unpredictable it could be. I lived through 9/11 and this feels like a creepier prolonged version.
A very lovely thought crossed my mind as I took my walk today. The sky was almost shimmering and I heard so many birds singing. This seemed unusual in the late afternoon. I looked up and felt that familiar peace I often had while staying at Pendle Hill. I have felt this wave of innocence come over me a few times since the social distancing/self- quarantine began. This feeling led me to sing a song that I also equate with Pendle Hill and peace.
Listen and may you also ride the wave of spirit before the cosmic separation:
I needed a staycation and I landed one – four days off in a row. That might not seem like a long time to you, and it isn’t, but I am grateful and it ain’t over yet!
I chose a time with Mercury stationing, Daylight Savings Time ( in the US ) and the full moon in Virgo. This was not really intentional, more a matter of practicality. My work schedule is changing and I will have to work at least a few hours on Mondays now, eliminating my 4 day workweek. So I wanted to celebrate my love affair with having Mondays off one last time by adding last Friday to the mix. The weather was great most of the time and I really made the most of this staycay.
Friday I enter Spring in Paris, via a crepefest at Paris Bistro. The service was crappy ( rather than crepey) , but the ambiance is wonderful and my entree was great. Doesn’t this Coq Au Vin crepe look scrumptious?
I have adored crepes since I discovered The Magic Pan back as a youth. I still recall the mandarin orange salad with almonds and the chicken broccoli crepe. This place made me feel sophisticated and worldly, as any 9th house child would desire.
This fancy French lunch set the stage for a long weekend filled with both inner and outer exploration. So what’s next?
Behold the splendor of South Street’s Magic Garden. This truly magical place is mystically linked with my Sunday exploration. The mystical mystery continues …
As is often the case, I find excellent tv shows, movies, books, etc without any known effort. I search or scroll or stroll somewhere and land on hidden gems. Such was the case with Dispatches from Elsewhere, a limited series starring Jason Seigel and Sally Field. It is about ordinary lost souls finding themselves involved in a mysterious game that has serious implications. When I heard that the executive producer also was involved with Wayward Pines, I was very excited. Then I learned it was filmed exclusively in Philly, showcasing our outdoor art scene, I was hooked. Watching the show so far has my thinking more about the deep state versus ascension. It also created a longing to spend some time in Olde City. I had already decided I wanted to visit a museum, but I did not realize it would be The Museum of the American Revolution. Getting a free admission pass sealed the deal.
Before we get ahead of ourselves, I want to mention that a lovely Indian lunch was had at Karma. Yes, the place is called Karma. I was going to get the buffet, but I arrived near the end of lunchtime and I was feeling Corona Virus weary so I ate off the menu. I had an interesting Chicken Xacuti dish, flavored with coconut milk and tamarind, tempered with a refreshing Mango lassi.
Little did I know that Karma played a role in my museum visit, ha! While I enjoyed the films and exhibits greatly, the highlight was all the synchs between the Revolutionary War and today. Parallel timelines perhaps? Thomas Paine was very enamored with the number 45. That has me thinking about the current US President, 45. Then while I was learning more about the role of Abigail Adams, I remembered a fascinating conversation I had last summer about the link between her and Marianne Williamson.
Marianne led me back to Bernie Sanders and his revolution. The main theme of the Museum is ” What is a revolution and is the world still having one? ” This is a greatly profound theme for a museum. Bernie and Marianne go way back and I will admit I am in awe of both of them. Some other important findings were one origin of the word cabal, the realization that the war could not have ended successfully without Native Americans ( and the French). I walked away invigorated by the early Spring weather and the understanding that my adopted hometown is truly magical.
This image above of the interlocking circles of the 13 colonies was prominent throughout the museum. It made a great impression on me as I consider the spiritual overtones of the Founding Fathers ( and Mothers). Yes, they were imperfect but prescient.
Speaking of imperfect, I also binge-watched the new Hulu Documentary Hillary. I find the Clintons fascinating and really loved this new feature. It covers a lot of ground and showed Hillary unmasked, or at least partially vulnerable. I see plenty of her in my personality and attitude, except for the phoniness and ability to stay married to her serial womanizing husband. I appreciated it when she gave an honest assessment of herself. I also am blunt and outspoken and passionate ( and a Scorpio woman ). I know how my communication style can be divisive in the workplace. See the film and decide for yourself.
I gotta go so I can watch the latest Dispatches episode, but I leave you with a photo taken recently in my backyard. Yup, Spring is approaching, but the living ain’t easy! Yes, that is from the song Summertime, but you get the idea. While I don’t want my Staycation to end, it was marvelous. Travel, food, history, spiritual truths, synchronicity and political intrigue work really well together.