Howdy Litebeings! I am giving you a quick heads up that November will once again be upon us soon. November signifies many things I can assure you. At Litebeing Chronicles we create a blogging challenge every November. The idea for Blogging Challenge 2018 came to me just a couple of days ago. Fortunately, my guidance provided validation shortly thereafter. Here’s a clue:
Happy 3rd birthday aka blogiversary to litebeing chronicles!
It is triple exciting that my 3rd blogging year is on 1-11. It is 3 on steroids.
Number 3 is the essence of the Trinity – mind, body, spirit and is the threefold nature of Divinity. The number 3 symbolizes the principle of ‘growth’ and signifies that there is a synthesis present – that imagination and an outpouring of energy is in action. To learn more about the magic of 3, please visit this blast from the past.
I wish I had completed this draft yesterday because today’s news of David Bowie’s passing shocked and saddened me. He is one of my favorite musicians/performers and I recently learned he is also an Aquarius rising! I have been looking to see how this startling news connects with this third year of my blogging journey. This is what I have discovered:
Creativity is a life force and all material beings were created into this form. David Bowie apparently knew his condition was terminal and kept using his creative spark to bring more music onto the planet. As I lived my life this year one thought made a regular appearance ” I can use this for my blog.” I sometimes see myself existing here simply to blog. There is a very compelling quality inherent in my desire to write. While 3 years seems like a short amount of time, I don’t really remember my life prior to taking this step. While I hold many of my memories intact, my life has changed so incredibly. I doubt I even fully understand the impact of this change. Or ever will understand. I am becoming more and more comfortable sitting with mystery. While my curiosity is as fertile as ever, my willingness to receive information at the Divine Time has increased.
We breathe, grow, see, hear, touch, taste, love, fear, learn, forget, remember, awaken, breathe…..
Until we cease to breathe.
I want to continue my stay on Earth with love in my heart and creation emanating from each heartbeat. I can choose to say 2015 was a year of illness and loss or I can choose to say that all is well NOW. Both are true.
Around ten years ago another wise Capricorn advised me during a rough patch to ask myself how I was feeling in that very moment. What a revelation it was to discover that I was worry-free ( peaceful) in the now. I was surprised at the time to see how effective mindfulness can be. It is as effective now as it was over ten years ago. I am grateful that this very moment is all that is. My moods seem to shift much more quickly nowadays and without much effort. This awareness brings me comfort and leaves me enthusiastic about what else awaits me. Perhaps my vibration is rising?
These are the posts from the WordPress Year in Review report that got the most views in 2015.
Scorpio ~ ahhhhh
A Whole New World?
Time Machine Blogging Challenge: It is Off the Chain. Whadya Waiting for? Join Us!
Mosaic and Pointillism Art as Unity Consciousness
Before Midnight – I’ll love you long after you’re gone, gone, gone
It is interesting that they are all very different in focus – freeform astro- poetry, music, trippy time travel, art, and film. The Scorpio and Before Midnight blogs are from 2013, which means they have staying power. This makes me smile…
This report also indicates that readers respond to a variety of content. I expect to still blog about art, music, film, books, pop culture, and astrology, and much more; typically as they apply to everyday magic. Some may wonder why I do not have a conventional astrology blog. The reasons are many, but here is the short answer: I prefer to share astro-musings as it suits me. I am not content to report on every astro-happening. It is not my style. There are so many writers who do a fantastic job in this vein. I rather wait for inspiration to strike and then an idea is made manifest.
I am a story-teller. At least today I am. Tomorrow I may shift into another mode. I once fancied myself a novelist, poet, screenwriter. I love to tell stories and evoke questions and discussion. This is my thing. I am so grateful that people respond to my writing. It is also incredible how I never know what becomes ” popular” among my posts. Rather than create to please others, I pray that what interests me will find its way to those who may benefit. I write because I must. It is a way of being. I never take it for granted for it is a gift.
A heartfelt thanks to Matt Wullenweg for creating WordPress. Happy 32nd Birthday Matt! Thank you for allowing me to say Hello World exactly 3 years ago today. I also want to acknowledge my fellow bloggers and readers who influence me tremendously. A striking photograph, a passing comment, or a clever turn of a phrase may send me off into an alternate universe where ideas are born. Thank you for being you and sharing this lifetime with me.
What does the future hold? I honestly don’t know. I am drawn to more discussions on ascension, everyday magic, the awakening process, unity consciousness,the love revolution of Matt Kahn, the lure of our dreams, and how inconvenience and risk-taking change my nature. I am blessed with a treasure trove of ideas that keep glowing during my darkest hours. Thank you for glowing with me.
As a tribute to David Bowie and all artists everywhere, I will end with this anthem of my youth that still raises my heart rate whenever I hear it :
Spirit clearly approves ( look at the length of the video). What have I been saying for 3 years? Magic is everpresent.
How can it be that Scorpio season is over? The sun entered Sagittarius today, soon to be reunited with Saturn. This month has been bittersweet for me. It has been back to back with many celebratory meals with friends and family. Some old and new friends have mixed with old and new family in honoring my birth and presence in their lives. Lunches and dinners and drinks and brunches all around my fair city have touched my heart and made me smile. They have also made me wonder how I got to be this age ( or this sage) and what have I been up to all these years.
This got me thinking about plans never coming to fruition but filed away. In this case, I am referring to blog posts. Some of these drafts are over a year old. No cake for these guys though as they have yet to be birthed into full fledged articles. They cannot potentially be Freshly Pressed if they fail to get to press.
While the year 2015 is still in motion, I know it will be over after a few more breaths, lattes, and games of Farmville 2. So I ask you, my treasured readers, for some feedback.
Let me know which of the following draft topics appeal to you. This will help me decide which will be completed before we ring in 2016.
Ready, here we go:
Taylor Swift and my serendipitous trip to NYC.
Mystical road trips ( 3 in all) to Longwood Gardens
Awards posts from 2015 given to me by Sue Dreamwalker and Aquileana.
Life’s purpose and career path
Synchronicity encounter with records room “Angel”
Astrology of David Letterman and reflections on his retirement
Reflections on Wayne Dyer’s passing
Which of these seem WP worthy?
There are also a few others that either don’t make sense or don’t feel right anymore. This is ok , because I do reserve the choice to change my mind. But those listed are still interesting to me and worth consideration. Many times my posts are written rather spontaneously, triggered by inner or outer inspiration. I like that I can relax control enough to go for it in the moment. Yet this is why so many posts are in draft purgatory. At least that is what I tell myself.
I will be waiting for your responses patiently, hoping you can help me decide which drafts will be incarnated and which will continue to take up space on the dashboard.
Have a great week ahead and don’t let the drafts get you down. Put on a sweater and brew some tea. Maybe add some honey or lemon. Whatever brings you peace and comfort. Take good care of you so that you can press on with the game of life.
I chose this particular post because it is still relevant today. I am currently learning more about my ancestors with a genealogist friend and it is quite exciting. Hopefully I will gain more insight into some of the themes explored in this story about identity and history.
What is interesting to me is the relationship between current stirrings in pop culture and trends that are reconfigured from a different slice of time and space. My girl Taylor Swift illustrates this well in her song Style.
Reviewing the past and shifting one’s perspective can alter both one’s perception of the past and the future. Self development will never go out of style because love of self is classic.
My experience as a blogger has been incredibly organic. Things just occur in their own way and time. Today I found myself at the Daily Prompt and noticed today’s assignment – Daily Prompt: Say Your Name Write about your first name: Are you named after someone or something? Are there any stories or associations attached to it? If you had the choice, would you rename yourself?
I read this and thought ” Oh yeah I’m doing this!” So my first name is Linda and I had read years ago it was Germanic in origin and meant pretty or beautiful. I later learned it was also Spanish , which made more sense to me considering how it is spelled. Then I researched a bit more from Wikipedia:
The name might be derived from the same root as the linden tree, from Germanic lind meaning “soft, tender” ultimately from a Celtic root. The image of the tree is used to indicate a gentle personality.
It may also come from the neo Latin language (Italian, Spanish or Portuguese) word linda, which is the feminine form of lindo, meaning “beautiful, pretty, cute” or “cleaned” (Spanish).
Alternatively it may be derived from the mythical creature/concept known as ouroboros, in the variations “Celt Lindworm” (a wingless bipedal dragon) and “Scandinavian Lindworm” (a seaserpent).
Muchalinda, Mucalinda or Mucilinda is also the name of the naga (snake-like being), who protected the Buddha from the elements after his enlightenment.
In some languages, such as German, the name is frequently used in combination with another name, using the suffix “-linde”, for example in Sieglinde or Heidelinde.
Lynda is a common variant spelling of the name in English. Among other names in use in English speaking countries that include the -linda suffix are Melinda, Belinda, Celinda, Rosalinda and Mirlinda.
The name days for Linda are on September 1 (Czech Rep.), June 20 (Sweden), April 15 (Finland/Germany), February 13 (Hungary, Poland), September 2 (Slovakia), September 4 (Poland) and August 21 (Latvia).
I like the linden tree definition as I would describe myself as someone with a soft and tender heart. Then there are the ouroboros and naga interpretations involving wingless dragons and snakes. The serpent is represented in the glyph of the Scorpio zodiac sign. Well, I am a Scorpio and since these creatures conjure up of the lower leanings of those with scorpionic tendencies, perhaps my parents knew what they were doing!
I was named after my paternal grandfather Louis who died tragically as a result of a car accident when my dad was still a child. By tradition I was named by choosing the First letter of a deceased relative’s name. I have several older cousins who were given other female L names before I was born, but I am glad they weren’t named Linda. I would have been named Louis if I was a boy , but then again only if my older cousins were all female.
But why Linda? Louise, Louisa, Lenore, Laura, Laurie, Lana, or Lorraine were all available. My dad said he really loved this song called Linda and would sing it to us from time to time. I just learned, sigh! the power of the internet, that it was written for Linda Eastman aka Linda McCartney. Didn’t realize that we had so much in common…….
I would not change my first name. It means beautiful and I need to be reminded that we are all beautiful on occasion. I also believe that my grandfather’s passing defined my father’s identity, and some of that grief and pain was transferred to my DNA. I wish I could have met him. I know much more about his impact on my family then about who he really was as a person.
In addition, although there are no known Latin roots in my father’s lineage, he looked Spanish and people would often speak Spanish to him when we visited Florida. Strangers thought he was Cuban. Ironically my Latin ancestry is on my Mother’s side and she does not have any indicative Latin features. I, on the other hand, resemble both my father and grandfather in appearance. See how this all ties together.
This multicultural theme brings me to the my final point. While growing up I thought Linda was such an ordinary name. So many of my peers were also named Linda. Yet when Billy Joel came on the scene, I discovered that he also had a multiethnic background similar to mine. Then I heard his song Rosalinda which waswritten about his mother. The song details his longing for Cuba and seeing his past in his mother’s eyes. I immediately became enchanted with it. On some visceral level, I thought he had written it for me. I could clearly see that my name is an integral part of my own unique story.
Thanks to Pearl Girl for honoring litebeing chronicles with this One Lovely Blog Award. Pearl Girl is one of my newer followers and a fellow INFJ. Please check out her blog. It is written with integrity, passion, and care. While I rarely blog about my Myers Briggs type, this classification fits me like a glove and informs how I express myself. People I know with this signature, along with INFPs, are some of the most gentle, sensitive, value – driven and creative people on the planet. Perhaps this is why I am humbled to receive this award. I may also write some future posts about living as a human being who is INFJ and HSP, in order to illustrate how expression through those lenses can impact one’s journey.
Rules for One Lovely Blog Award
Thank the person who nominated you for the award. Add the One Lovely Blog logo to your post. Share 7 facts or things about yourself. Nominate 15 or more bloggers you admire and inform the nominees by commenting on their blog.
Seven Soulful Self Realizations
1- I soak up much more from my environment than I sometimes realize. Neptune is such an awesome yet slippery companion.
2- Taylor Swift songs snap me back to life and get me moving.
3- I have lived such an eventful life that many memories seem unreal. When they are triggered I sometimes wonder ” Did that really happen? “. ( see #1)
4- As much as I defy categorization, I am a fool for Facebook quizzes! In fact I enjoy most personality tests.
5- I tear up on a daily basis and seem to cry much more than some infants! The tears are usually a sign that my soul is smiling brightly. ( see #1)
6- Some of my best ideas take shape in the shower, my car, or while walkingoutside.
7- I am a complex individual, often difficult to understand and teeming with contradictions. As I grow and evolve, I let go of more self-judgement and appreciate my uniqueness.
Please listen to Bill Withers sing about his Lovely day
MY LOVELY NOMINEES
I want to take this opportunity to invoke the practice of radical gratitude. I’ll explain. I have done gratitude work for a few years and my practice has become incredibly stale. We are talking 3-year-old bag of cookies stale! I plan to step it up and really appreciate all that I have with the gusto of a small child. Let’s try this exercise as I present my nominees. Remember the first time you won a prize or you aced a test? How about unwrapping Christmas or birthday presents when you were 5? I notice this effortless joy in my nieces and want to invite you all to consider the blessings bestowed upon you. Cynicism is so last millennium.
In the spirit of innocence and wonder, I present my seven nominees. Their artistry makes my days brighter, richer, and lovelier:
Bev’s take on otherworldly matters makes them relatable, insightful, and fun
I don’t know about you, but I am tired of bitching and complaining and feeling sorry for myself. Time flies by so fast and I do not want to waste any more time grieving over what could have been. I have such a blessed existence. At the end of the day, life is truly a miracle. Every single moment is precious, in spite of losses, disappointments, inconveniences, etc. It is simply about attitude and choice.
It is really a blast to be able to post so often. Hope everyone is gently re-calibrating to the new wave of energies that have arrived on the scene.
Thanks to those who entered the Grand Fire Trine Giveaway. I will be contacting all the winners by email shortly. If you are reading this and realized you missed the contest, no worries! You can wait for the next one or contact me here about any of my awesome services. If money is tight, contact me anyway, we may be able to arrange something that is a win/win.
TYPOS AND SUCH
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Thanks for reading and commenting and just Be-ing here with me.
WordPress tells me that this will be my 200th post and I am astonished! It is worthy of a celebration. So I say let’s celebrate the power of creation. While Mars is still in Scorpio, power seems to be a timely topic.
I have often contemplated the true meaning of power and the best definition I have is
I have given this a tremendous deal of thought and I stand by it for now. I could tell you what I used to associate with power, but I rather not. I am satisfied with my present definition and I think it is helpful as we continue to organize ourselves more as a collective force on this planet.
So now what? Well, the collective will stems from the projections of each individual. OK. So this particular individual meditated tonight and happily got into the flow. Lately I have been noticing and focusing on small but primary green dots while meditating. This practice has been very helpful in keeping me centered and attentive. Tonight I used a ” bonus” meditation from Deepak Chopra and Oprah that arrived in my email today. The theme was power as an element in accessing the flow of life. I found the mantra particularly helpful and I would share it here if it was given in written form.
I was curious to see how the color green comes into play. I did some research and discovered that the color green is associated with the heart chakra. In tonight’s meditation we were attending to the third chakra. This is contained within the solar plexus. The heart chakra is not the seat of power, but it is where creativity reigns. ( Leo reference, yes!) So perhaps for myself, creative energy leads to power.
While I paid attention to my breath and the mantra, the green dot began to transform before my eyes. I was watching a movie in my head with my inner eyes and it was peaceful and organic. I saw many flying gentle creatures. They remind me of hypnagogia – visual hallucinations that occur prior to falling asleep.
Some looked like fairies
Others looked like birds
This image was taken with Kirlian photography. It is freaky how close this resembles what I actually saw. These images conjured up the notion of power in action.
What is also curious is that recently I have had dreams on two separate occasions that featured this bright green hue. I wonder how my meditation is influencing my dream life ??
When I reflect on my writing over time, I realize that I receive inspiration from so many sources. Often the impact of other writers is minimized. I want to pay homage to those who have empowered me to write honestly and fearlessly. Some examples include Jung, John Weir Perry, Marianne Williamson, Rumi, Michael Lutin, Edie Weinstein , Jen Elam , Robert Graham, Marcelle Martin , and so many of my blogger community here at WordPress. It is exhilarating to let go of competitive urges ( Mars in Scorpio) and rather give credit to those who enter our orbit. That reminds me of another influence, Pharrell. He speaks often about how the numerous people who supported him and positively influenced him play a major role in his creative artistry and ultimate success.
Inspiration is limitless and I wonder if power is also limitlessly available to human beings? I am not certain, but I will continue to follow the lite in whatever form it takes and see where it leads me.
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:
Don’t know about you, but I am in need of a fresh start..
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 Saltypost. 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!
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.
With Spring upon us and the sun’s new foray into Taurus, my mind is looking to grounding and communion. What better way to do that than with a celebration of sisters! True connection with my women friends provides me with the nurturing and grounding my restless soul desires. I spent many years regarding more of my male friends as true like-minded companions. It was most often in those alliances that I found people who loved to discuss complex ideas, go on wild adventures, and treat me with respect, loyalty, and affection. They knew the real me and had my back, like a fun yet protective older brother. I noticed much more competition and superficiality among my female peers. It seemed that true sisterhood was a rare treasure among plastic imitations. It was later in life that I was able to find more of those qualities in the women I met. As you know, anything of true value is worth waiting for. With my sisterhood, this is also the case. I am incredibly blessed to now have so many honorable, kind, bright, creative women in my life. Let’s call them the Earth Goddesses. Many of them are blogettes and four of them bestowed this award on me in 2013:
Thanks to the four lovely ladies who have included me in their “hood”, Sue, Julianne, Shree, and Glorialana. I am so lucky to have developed real bonds with these awesome ladies on and off the grid and I can tell you I have yet to know kinder, grander, wiser, or sweeter spirits than these four. And did I mention these chicks are talented,creative healers and artists? If I were you, I would buy their wares, use their services, view their art and photography, hear their music and relish their stories.
1. Provide a link and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.
2. Answer ten questions.
3. Nominated 10-12 blogs that you find a joy to read. ( * I improvised a little)
4. Provide links to these nominated blogs and kindly let the recipients know they have been nominated. ( this may take a while )
5. Include the award logo within your blog post.
1. Your favorite color ….Can you guess ?
2. Your favorite animal …
” Why, cats are the coolest”, Dexter ( my trusty sidekick) chimed in immediately.
3. Your favorite non-alcoholic drink …. iced tea closely followed by iced coffee and water
4. Facebook or Twitter …..Facebook but I prefer WordPress hands down 🙂
5. Your favorite pattern …..
6. Do you prefer getting or giving presents? both!
9. Your favorite flower ….I adore all flowers but especially sunflowers, orchids, tulips and :
10. What is your passion? ….living life fully and authentically with love, wonder, gratitude, and awe. Blogging, astrology, and nature take me there.
So who are these goddesses that dwell on Earth?
Here are my nominees. These are some very cool chicks! I will call them Earth Goddesses. I want to acknowledge all the women in my circle for showing me the true meaning of sisterhood. Next I want to showcase some newer connections I have made here on the blogosphere. They write and create art, espouse on astrology, travel and the inner journey with honesty, skill, and passion. Thank you for being a part of my life. If you are awards-free, do not fret. Please allow me to simply say Namaste publicly. Nothing more is required. However, for those who are led to pass these on to your sisters, do so with love and honor.
Well here we are at the end of 2013. I have not done a year in review post before , so I wondered how to approach this. I decided to go heavy on imagery and metaphor and see where it takes me…..
So let’s proceed shall we, woohoo!
Please listen to this as you scroll down memory lane with me: Time Passages 1
Calendars, bookstores, butterflies, new friends: New Year’s Day 2013 birthed my first story and I had not even begun to blog yet! I was all about the calendars and then some New Year’s magic and mayhem ensued! This year ( Saturday ) I broke with a very old tradition and purchased a Llewellyn Witches Calendar 2014 instead of their Astrological standby. Barnes and Noble was out of the Astrology version and this gorgeous version chock full of info on colors and animals and some planetary data drew me in! I also learned that you can cash in on the 50% off sale in late December. Is this new or was I unaware? Yet another unanswered question… For the details: https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/calendars-and-collisions/
I began the first few days of 2013 doing inventory for a local bookstore. I have spent so much of my life around books and have often fantasized about the inner workings of a bookstore, What would it be like to spend all day surrounded by hundreds ( or thousands) of books? Well , quite organically, I found out! Most of the people that I was working with were published writers. I was surrounded by fascinating writers of all ages, shapes, and sizes. It was fabulous to soak up the atmosphere for a few days. For so long I identified as someone who had many writer friends. Remember FOBs – Friends of Bill ( Clinton)? I was a FOW – Friend of Writers. I knew I would be starting my blog soon but was not a true writer yet ( or so I thought).
This is one of the first images I used when I began the blog. I did not know the source or the artist. I found this image on Facebook and I loved the colors and the butterflies. Little did I know that some foreshadowing was taking place: I would eventually meet my dear friend/ PR extraordinaire Sindy from bluebutterfliesandme, fall in love with the art of Josephine Wall ( the artist of Butterfly Tree), blog about transformation, and write a book review for my sweet gifted friend Julianne’s Butterfly Journal. I knew nothing about using images to accompany my writing and all that entails. Seems like eons ago… I was so excited when I got my first follower ~ someone I did not know! Cheers to you James Fielden, my faithful follower, poetic soul and fellow INFJ. Slowly but surely I began to follow other bloggers. I did not realize this was a community and that other bloggers would like my posts , comment, or follow. Was I in for a surprise! Some of my early favorites ( that I did not already mention here) were Monika – who shares my love of art, astrology, travel and Jung, Karen Kubicko – another friend who reawakened my interest in multiple lives and angels, the now defunct Crow and Valentine and Fiery Ginger, Leaf and Twig by the mysterious and exalted Seedbud who adds to my daily meditation with the perfect balance of poetry and image, sensitive photographer and sweetheart SethSnap, the channeled words of Angelic Guides, INFJ cartoonist and pal INFJoe, and INFJ brave, vulnerable and wise soul sister Lehua.
Kaleidoscopes, love of lite and light, dream groups, the learning curve of technical blogging, astrology and connections:
It took me some time to create an about me page. Eventually I looked at litebeing and explored how I could expand on my moniker. I adore kaleidoscopes and it all came together organically. Interestingly enough, the patterns began to emerge. I met a new friend and brilliant energy worker Deelia who had a great quote on her blog from Jean Houston about kaleidoscopes.
Through Nuttgen’s imagery of kaleidoscopes, shards of glass and permutated letters, the Naumann world emerges as an extraordinary mosaic, delicately balancing on the edge of everyday suburban reality and mystical surrealism. ( kinda like my blog theme, hmmmm)
I took a brief class on lucid dreaming and formed a small dream group with a few fellow students. Taking more of a leadership role was a pattern beginning to take shape. At the urging of folks at my other dream group, I had begun distributing my new business cards. A few of my friends were quite insistent that I order cards. I decided to call myself an Astrologer and Intuitive Guide. I was not sure why I made this choice, but intuitive guide seemed more authentic than therapist or counselor. The group also told me to include my blog on the cards, but I did not listen. ” What if this blog idea doesn’t last?” I thought. Looking back I wish I had listened to them. My life was quietly and subtly changing..
I did not plan to feature astrology at first but the Universe had other plans ….
Can you guess who are the 2 Scorpios and who is the Aquarius? The three of us were so filled with light, beauty , and promise. Why didn’t I notice that in myself back then? We were the 3 musketeers, and I shared my hopes and dreams with my dearest partners in crime. We believed in each other and brought out our better natures ( intertwined with teenage angst and drama). I saw myself coming back to life this year, uncovering and expressing more and more of those dreams and gifts. Many were packed away in ” psychic storage” collecting dust. Thanks to new friends such as fellow Moon in Gemini INFJ Renate, the wickedly clever, talented and insightful animal lovers Odie and OM, lovely artist and Philly home-girl Cynthia Jackson, and fellow SW and nature lover Cindy Knoke, admiration turned into inspiration. Their creativity and spark helped ignite my own flame. I cannot let this season pass without describing my tenacity in regards to the technical side of blogging. I was here to write. What did I know of widgets, embedding videos, cropping images and using social media to publish my posts? ZERO. Don’t even get me started on the Flag Widget! Yet I used the stubborn fixed side of my personality to persevere and I succeeded most of the time.
What’s in a gravatar name after all? The Year of the Snake, alternate realities and virtual reunions, awards, my photography, poetry and more..
When the Chinese New Year arrived we entered the Year of the Snake. And boy was it ever, in more ways than one!
Some of you may recall my original gravatar was a colorful bird. In the Spring/Summer I decided to change it to one of my own photographs. I finally learned how to upload pictures from my not-so-smart phone. Remember I blogged about my blooming poinsettia in https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/02/08/subtle-beginnings/ ? I so wanted to show you my plant, but did not know how to upload the images to you. I have definitely come a long way since then. But there was more to learn and discover…
So I chose this flowering plant above as my new symbol because of the purple color and how the petals reflect the light. Little did I know I was using the Hydrangea as my gravatar! Even when I discovered its name courtesy of Renate who commented on: https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/poetry-how-about-a-snake-with-your-rumi/, I still did not realize that this was the same plant. It was not until months later when Sue mentioned its name during the amazing ” blind” reading she gave me that I had been shooting this plant in different stages of development over time!
My childhood included many sudden and frequent moves to different states and 4 elementary schools. This challenging experience often prompted me to wonder about ” what if” or ” what might have been” had I remained in one place for a longer stretch of time. I am very visually oriented and this photo above remained prominent in my consciousness. Through the magic of Facebook and some persistent efforts, I located 2 childhood friends from 3rd – part of 5th grade ( the longest time I remained at one school). It was exhilarating to reconnect and share our memories of one another. Around the same time I blogged about a trip into an alternate dimension in https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/scenes-from-an-indian-restaurant-collisions-of-parallel-time/. Feedback and support from Roxie aka Shelley,Heidi, Shamanic goddess, and Cynthia Sue made a world ( quantum world) of difference. Communing with fellow seers, shape-shifters, healers, and alchemists reawakened the parts of my soul that needed a gentle nudge!
The Spring also brought a crisis of faith that shook me to my core. This crisis resulted in more enlightenment through the kindness of others. I was rewarded with poetry from inside me and blog awards from my peers! Thank you Tazein and Ajay for noticing me and in such a loving way. While my writing was reaching people in India and Singapore and Australia, my heart chakra was being opened by angels in my neighborhood. Check out these chestnuts that reflected these openings:
Interview, book review, barter, reunions, Astrology conference
I happened to discover a blog by one of my new followers, a young college student/ ballerina, author, renaissance woman Amber. I was immediately drawn to the lavender star format. I was also struck by her raw, honest musings on her life with bipolar disorder and the world of publishing. Soon thereafter I am winning eBooks, reading the review copy of When Stars Die, and invited to be interviewed by Ky Grabowski. Remember the FOW? I was beginning to truly transition to writer. I hosted a 111 Global Party to celebrate 111 followers and created a virtual bash complete with world music and free astrology readings. This idea triggered the concept of rewarding my 1000th commenter and launching an award contest. As so often happens in my life, one idea births another and yet another, with the birthing process taking on its own momentum and pace. These events brought more new friends to the party like the enchanting Glorialana, and earth mother/ colorful writer Tamrah Jo.
Through the magic of Facebook one of my best friends from high school reconnected with me and she came to visit from Texas. We had not seen each other in about twenty years. She is the Aquarius featured earlier in the post. Talk about seamlessly catching up without missing a beat. Connections that can be sustained throughout a lifetime are precious and rare! Around the same time I attended the NCGR Astrology conference hosted in Philadelphia. Spending time with my beloved community inspired me to do more readings and really put myself out there. Coincidentally or not, I was offered a chance to teach an Astrology class for the very first time! So part of my Summer was spent bartering services with fellow bloggers, developing my lecture materials, and thinking about my future. What am I called to do now?
Cosmic challenges, more new friends, recognizing what is hiding in plain sight, birthday blues, teaching and learning along the way
After a very busy summer doing more of what I truly love, the Fall arrived. I taught my first class and was received warmly. I continued to give out my business cards and test my intuitive/ clairsentient/empathic skills. I hosted a blog challenge on astrology and alchemy called the Cosmic Retrograde Challenge. This required both leadership skills, patience, and the willingness to be open to how this experiment may impact me. I came away quite surprised and a bit overwhelmed. There were a few Wizard of Oz moments that are still being integrated slowly but surely. But new friends like brilliant , ever curious Shree , loving insightful Sue, and contemplative yet engaging Debra made the journey worthwhile. While some melancholy set in around my birthday, I continued to practice gratitude, clear out old ghosts, and claim more of my power.
Going public, WordPress and Facebook style, weaving a community tapestry, releasing old ties and forming new alliances
As the year began to wind down, so did my energy. Saturn was beginning to have its way with my Scorpio placements and would not be ignored. But I continued to persevere, execute some new goals, and soldier on. I also continued to receive offers to partner with bloggers on projects and challenges like this full-fledged Astrology Article with Julie:
I also enhanced the blog with a Services Section and created a Facebook page. I have begun providing Astrology Services by Skype, phone, and email. I am really enjoying integrating all I have learned and creating new ways to serve the world. All of you make me better and the ideas and stories keep pouring out of me. I really did not think there would be so much to say or do. I also quit my 11 year therapy practice this month. It was a painful decision but clearly the right one at this time. Sometimes a situation requires one to let go before any real damage is done. Another opportunity to let go gracefully had emerged before 2013 was finished with me. With so much in the works already, I am eager to kiss this year goodbye.
End of year 2013 ~
Lessons learned: 2013 from beginning to end was an exceptional year for me. In fact it was a turning point. I learned so much this year. One huge lesson was that old dreams never really die entirely. I had finally made the decision to honor the child within who loves to express herself by writing and inspiring by seeing the world differently. I put myself out there and it was about time! A sense of urgency within collided with signs in the environment and I went for it! Another important lesson is to let life flow more, despite my need/habit to control everything. I also noticed that like-minded people can do so much more in service together than separately. The key is attracting people who are truly like-minded. We are so inextricably interconnected. When there were floods and fires in Colorado, I paid more attention. If there’s a festival in Kuala Lumpur, I sense the excitement because I know someone there! When the news focuses on Belarus or the UK, I think about how my friends are being affected. Truth is, we are all together, everywhere and every moment. Finally, some patterns are waiting to be revealed while others remain elusive. Perhaps I can be still and make peace with the mystery.
Thank you Ajay, Glorialana and Julie for 3 awesome Blog of the Year Awards! I am so grateful to be recognized by such accomplished creative spirits. Since 2013 is the Year of the Blog for me, if I mentioned you in this post, you won this Award! All of you propelled me further by being you and extending yourself to me.Thank you. While I could not mention everyone,( it would take another week to finish this post…) please do not assume you did not impact me because you did! Like food and travel bloggers Rachel at Eat, The Escape Artist, and Fae. Or my male blogger pals Eddie, Eric, Dennis, Gray and Michael. Or Barbara, Aleya, and Anne. And on it goes…
In the spirit of alternate realities, I offer you another version for your listening pleasure: Time Passages 2
One last mystery before I close, was this a Year in Review post masquerading as an Awards post? Or an Awards post masquerading as a Year in Review post?