Uranus Retrograde ~ Be Here Now

I am echoing the sentiments of the iconic Ram Dass , suggesting we all do our best to chill and refrain from engaging in major activities in the environment.  This essay directs us to do the opposite of what I advised back in January when all planets were moving in direct motion. This is because tomorrow Uranus goes retrograde, joining Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto. Venus ( soon to join the party on October 5th) and Jupiter are the only planets moving forward at this time. Look to where 2 degrees Taurus lands in your natal chart to see where the Great Awakener rocks your world. Stationing points can be quite powerful depending on how they impact you personally in terms of sign, house position, and relationships with where the planets were positioned at the time of  birth.

Honestly, with all the various energies emerging at us all at once, it is difficult to be able to distinguish why we are experiencing what we are experiencing. This is why continuous self-care is so important. But you already knew that didn’t you? My self- care regime varies, but my current practice consists of daily meditation, mindfulness, clearing away clutter, gratitude, and aromatherapy. All of these strategies contribute to more clarity and openness.

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When there are too many activities or conflicting ideas to juggle, it is natural to succumb to feelings of overwhelm and confusion. When I reflect back on early 2018, I wish I could have been bolder and capitalized on more new ventures. But my plate was full with all the curve balls thrown my way. I truly believe that we always do the best we can, even when we resort to self-judgement. For example, just a few hours ago, I did not have the energy or drive to complete this post. But after meditation, the impulse to continue writing brought me back here to the draft folder and voila, a blog is born.

While I find it challenging to be able to tease out which particular energy is operating with the most fervor, spending more time within certainly makes this task more manageable. For instance, transiting Jupiter made its second hit to my sun late yesterday and I was hoping for an explosion of joy. That did not happen, but it is likely that this positive influence has tempered some of the more noxious energies currently at play. With multiple eclipses, an unusually strong retro pattern, along with solar flares and God knows what else, ( humidity?), life here on Gaia has become increasingly more complicated. Astrology is magical and my lifelong passion, but it is not a panacea. We live in a time where more is being asked of us and reality is more fragile than ever. So what is the solution? I don’t have an easy answer, but I know that listening to one’s guidance is crucial. Twice this week I have been faced with situations that were very unsettling. Many times in the past I would rationalize them away, or make the “easier” choice and then worry excessively about it afterwards. But not this time. I took a breath, listened more intently, and made the more nuanced, complicated choices. This way I will have less worry and probably no regret. This is my version of living authentically. My intuition was imploring me to undo decisions that may have been harmful. I took the road less traveled. Now I ‘ll wait and see what happens.

What can one expect with Uranus retracing his steps? It will be different for everyone, but surprises and unusual energetic movement is likely. With Mars moving back into Capricorn, some of the wild currents may dissipate, but you never know. Some possible manifestations are circulatory problems, new and exciting encounters, sudden insights, technological irregularities ( especially while Mercury is still retro), and weather anomalies. Like I stated earlier, the location of transiting Uranus in your natal chart makes all the difference. Those who have planets in late Aries or early Taurus may feel this transit more intensely. With Uranus, you really never know.

Let me finish with a few birthday wishes for some of my blogettes: Cheers to Ka, Debra, Dayna, Renate, and Julianne. As the sun travels to my descendant ( 7th house of other),  it is wonderful to have so much awesome company who were born at this time.

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The Road to Resilience

Death and grief are frequent visitors in my heart and soul this week. Resilience is the elixir for those in pain. blessings, Linda

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This is a guest post I wrote for amberskyeforbes.wordpress.com back in 2013. While reviewing my draft folder I discovered it and concluded the message is timely. Resilience is one of my favorite topics and is front and center in my consciousness today. I hope it resonates for you also.

Thank you Amber for having me as a guest blogger today. I want to share some thoughts I have about human resilience in the face of loss. Life is a series of continuous losses. After you take your first breath, you find your way on the path towards your final one. Our cells constantly regenerate. In fact, it is known that our bodies completely change every seven years. Typically people equate death with loss and sometimes use those terms interchangeably. Yet, loss is pervasive and incredibly universal. Here are some common losses to consider: loss of health, loss of youth, loss…

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Colonodyssey Part 1

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This is the first in a series about life on the road with a colon gone rogue. I absorbed so many lessons in a few short days that I hope to share as many as I can remember. Sometimes years of wisdom can accrue in mere days. Time is malleable. So here we go:

Listen to your soap opera: Last Monday evening I had some gas pains. Par for the course. They continued through Tuesday with more pain. I figured it was IBS. I kept on keeping on, not particularly alarmed, though I did sleep poorly. The pain and gas increased on Wednesday and I was not very hungry. The pressure was quite unpleasant, but not unusual. This did not resemble my initial attack. I was watching my soap opera and preparing to go to an appointment. There was a storyline where one of the actresses was ill. Everyone was telling her to go to the hospital, but she kept denying the need to go. I began to fast forward these scenes because they were making me anxious.

I started to get the chills and I found that odd. I took my temperature and it was over 100 degrees. What? I do not feel feverish at all. I knew this was not good so I called my doctor.  Guess what, he was on vacation! C,mon now. So I called my GI doctor and she was not available. Talk about lousy timing.

Jesus take the wheel: I cancelled my appointment and looked for Urgent Care. I left my house and I was frightened. Who would support me with my doctor out-of-town? There was snow on my car but I had no strength to clear it. I let the wipers do their thing. I repeatedly told myself to stay focused. My mind was racing and I did not have the luxury to become distracted. I drove to Urgent Care to be told they could not help me. So I drove all that way on a low tank for nothing. I was getting tired and more anxious. Would I make it to the ER in time? I had to use the bathroom but there was no time. I knew that the fever was a sign that I had an infection and needed treatment. I kept praying for help. I was wondering if driving myself was foolish. But I did not want to go by ambulance. I wanted to go to another hospital further from my home. I heard it provided a higher standard of care. Plus my GI was affiliated with this institution.

I did eventually arrive at the ER and man, was I relieved. A couple next to me were discussing waiting for 6 hours. As I listened further, I heard the man referring to 201s and 302s. I realized they were talking about psychiatric commitments. I began to think about my working in the mental health field and the laws that sometimes result in tragedy. I also wondered why I ended up hearing about this topic.

Staying in the present is a constant test for me. I recognize that when successful I come into power and peace. I felt relief that the confines of the moment would push aside any contemplation of past or future.

To be continued….

Live this Life

Hey litebeings,

This will be a quick one. I have several posts in my draft folder and a few in my head. Lately I have been writing like a madwoman, but that’s okay. It keeps me sane and that’s a blessing.

As we approach the Return of the Scorpions throughout most of tomorrow ( October 23rd) , I have a prayer for all of you.

Live This Life

It is short and long, sweet and bitter, tidy and sludgy, up and down, cold and damp, stifling and expansive, scalding and fiery, boring and exhilarating. All at the same time.

And it is all we have NOW.

 

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That’s me up there, surfing in the higher realms, taking in the splendor of a Vanilla Sky.

 

I send you all love and light and thank you for surfing with me…

Until tomorrow, Namaste

 

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Poetry in Motion – manna for the soul

I am republishing this post that includes one of my original poems plus a selection of poetry-related material for your enjoyment and respite. I hope these offerings will provide some soul nourishment during these intensely active times.

The header is from a photo taken today during an abbreviated nature walk. Spring has finally arrived!

Namaste 

What is poetry in motion? It is part of the first line of the song She Blinded Me With Science by Thomas Dolby. That is how this post’s title came to me today. But what does it look like from the inside out? It is absolute, unadulterated FEELING. It is timelessness and spaciousness rolled into NOW.

I decided to go outside for a nature walk to shoot something for today’s post. While I was sitting here on the laptop I hear what sounds like wind or rain.  I peeked outside and discovered that it was just beginning to rain. My first reaction was ” Damn I waited too long to go out!” Yet a few minutes later I grabbed my keys and cellphone, took off my glasses and walked out the door. The rain started to come down more forcefully and I decided to proceed. It is very warm today so it mimicked a summer storm. I did shoot one picture and realized that instead of hiding from the rain that I would embrace it! I felt so free and untethered. It was cold and wet and clean and exciting and I felt so in it!  I lifted my arms and let the forces move through meWhenever my thoughts turned to how soaking wet I was or will my phone stop working, I steered them back to the moment! I was determined to feel the moment and dance with nature.

To quote a term from the film Dazed and Confused,  I was LIVIN,  L-I-V-I-N!

So poetry is all about feelings for me. I write poems when I am full of emotion and I read poetry in order to feel something. That simple.

get-attachment (18)This was taken in the rain, still looks good !

I am adding a new poem today for your reading pleasure. It will be random and hopefully representative of today’s theme. Let’s find out together now …………….

This may appear planned but I swear it was random! I went to rifle through some old notebooks hoping to find one of my old  poems. I opened the first one I found and saw some sketches. I turned a couple more pages and saw some writing. I looked closer and saw it was a poem. It was written in 2005 and the title is Raindrops. Clearly I was guided here.

Raindrops

Raindrops, rain drops

all over the island of Love

Wet, sticky, musty, moist

Do I float or do I drown?

Where does the ocean end

and my tears begin?

Cry for the gulfs

Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf of Middle East

The Gulf between my beloved and I

Can one taste the salt

in both tears and deep blue sea?

Does  he cry for me?

Does he lie for me?

The rain splendidly showers

its music on the flowers,

iridescent treasures of the morning dew

Yet our jewels together were so few

Yet they shine like the Heaven’s light,

so shatteringly bright

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I have compiled all my poetry posts here for convenient viewing or re-viewing.

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the-wind

solstice-signs

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adventures-in-stillness-and-vast-mysteries

feelings-are-among-my-favorite-things

i-am-here-now

the-guest-house

gratitude

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Poetry Man is an old classic by Phoebe Snow. I recall hearing it many mornings on the school bus, thinking longingly about my high school crush. He did not write poetry, but he certainly inspired me to feel ……

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Raindrops by Litebeing Chronicles © 2005

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Poetry in Motion

What is poetry in motion? It is part of the first line of the song She Blinded Me With Science by Thomas Dolby. That is how this post’s title came to me today. But what does it look like from the inside out? It is absolute, unadulterated FEELING. It is timelessness and spaciousness rolled into NOW.

I decided to go outside for a nature walk to shoot something for today’s post. While I was sitting here on the laptop I hear what sounds like wind or rain.  I peeked outside and discovered that it was just beginning to rain. My first reaction was ” Damn I waited too long to go out!” Yet a few minutes later I grabbed my keys and cellphone, took off my glasses and walked out the door. The rain started to come down more forcefully and I decided to proceed. It is very warm today so it mimicked a summer storm. I did shoot one picture and realized that instead of hiding from the rain that I would embrace it! I felt so free and untethered. It was cold and wet and clean and exciting and I felt so in it!  I lifted my arms and let the forces move through meWhenever my thoughts turned to how soaking wet I was or will my phone stop working, I steered them back to the moment! I was determined to feel the moment and dance with nature.

To quote a term from the film Dazed and Confused,  I was LIVIN,  L-I-V-I-N!

So poetry is all about feelings for me. I write poems when I am full of emotion and I read poetry in order to feel something. That simple.

get-attachment (18)This was taken in the rain, still looks good !

I am adding a new poem today for your reading pleasure. It will be random and hopefully representative of today’s theme. Let’s find out together now …………….

This may appear planned but I swear it was random! I went to rifle through some old notebooks hoping to find one of my old  poems. I opened the first one I found and saw some sketches. I turned a couple more pages and saw some writing. I looked closer and saw it was a poem. It was written in 2005 and the title is Raindrops. Clearly I was guided here.

Raindrops

Raindrops, rain drops

all over the island of Love

Wet, sticky, musty, moist

Do I float or do I drown?

Where does the ocean end

and my tears begin?

Cry for the gulfs

Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf of Middle East

The Gulf between my beloved and I

Can one taste the salt

in both tears and deep blue sea?

Does  he cry for me?

Does he lie for me?

The rain splendidly showers

its music on the flowers,

iridescent treasures of the morning dew

Yet our jewels together were so few

Yet they shine like the Heaven’s light,

so shatteringly bright

***********************************************************************

I have compiled all my poetry posts here for convenient viewing or re-viewing.

grace-everpresent

the-wind

solstice-signs

a-snake-with-your-rumi

adventures-in-stillness-and-vast-mysteries

feelings-are-among-my-favorite-things

Poetry Man is an old classic by Phoebe Snow. I recall hearing it many mornings on the school bus, thinking longingly about my high school crush. He did not write poetry, but he certainly inspired me to feel ……

 

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Raindrops by Litebeing Chronicles © 2005

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Everything old is new again

Update: I just added a few more recently written synchronous posts to the list. Please return here periodically for more updates!

Oh how I love this quote! As promised, I am ” resurrecting” some older posts for newer readers to enjoy and long time viewers to rediscover!

This first group of posts features synchronicity, exploration of alternate realities, and a sprinkling of magic.

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cookies and collisions ~ a holiday tale

collisions with gaia

caffeine and collisions: thoughts are things

my-awakening-experience

calling-all-angels

did-you-get-the-call?

lucky litebeing

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windows into my soul

This grouping embodies the main purpose of this blog,  to inspire through the examination of the extraordinary in daily living, one story at a time.

Please let me know if you are able to perform alchemy by transforming older material into brand new inspiration and light!

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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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Poetry – How about a snake with your Rumi?

First I want to acknowledge the revolution happening while I post : While we ponder our relationship to the natural world and spirit world, let us send some light to our friends in Egypt.

To quote Anthony Bourdain in A Cook’s Tour, ” Welcome to my world! ” It seems that I am attracting many creatures lately.  Yesterday I received a surprise gift from a friend in the mail. The card  had three bunny rabbits on the cover. Than this morning, a large grayish bird smacked against the screen door of the living room. It seemed determined to pay me a visit. Then this evening I took a short walk. I felt the call of the wild beckoning me and I complied. Just a simple walk today, with the intention of being open. The humidity was bothering me, so I cut my stroll short. Other than a persistent fly, not much was happening. Then as I headed back inside, I spotted a light yellow /gold snake moving downhill. I squirmed as I made my way past this menacing reptile. I must admit I was afraid, years of conditioning and little experience with snakes sent me reeling. While I made my escape, I tried my best to capture its image in my mind for safe-keeping. Here is a somewhat similar photo of a garter snake:

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

Now I know the snake is linked to Scorpio, but I prefer to align with the eagle or phoenix. Here are additional meanings for snake or serpent from http://www.whats-your-sign.com/snake-symbolic-meaning.html I aspire to the attributes found in Snake Totem:

Attributes of the Snake as a Totem or Animal Guide

  • A natural ability to balance energies (you’re likely a gifted healer)
  • Diplomatic and eloquent in areas of speech and writing
  • Dynamically intuitive (often knowing other’s thoughts and emotional states without trying)
  • Impulsive, but not without careful consideration. This may sound paradoxical, but those with the snake totem know what I mean here. 

I invite you to step into the calming energy of the snake, and see what this noble creature offers you in the form of messages, growth, and enlightenment.

There is no doubt, the snake is a unifying force embodying infinite messages to those who are energetically available to perceive them. Alchemists understood this, and thus incorporated the philosophy of snakes in their grimoires, practices, and even their daily life.

Indeed, alchemy literature is rife with the image of the uroboros which is symbolic of conceptualizing totality, embracing the whole of consciousness and devouring it with unquenchable passion.

When I read uroboros, I recognized that I had read this term somewhere before. It is a definition of my name Linda! So perhaps I am being invited to return to my totally conscious self.  Something to definitely ponder!

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Hydrangea , Summer 2013 by © litebeing chronicles

Update:  Thanks to Renate at Pisces, I learned the name of the flowers in my yard that I have been photographing for weeks, Hydrangea.  According to Wiktionary, the root hydrais derived  from Latin Hydra, the mythical serpent, originally from Ancient Greek ὕδρα, from Proto-Indo-European*wódr̥ (“water”).  Considering all the rain we have been having, I am almost certain the snake I saw is a water snake. Loving all the snake, Scorpio, water element, transformational synchronicity!

Today I am continuing the theme of pairing wildlife with poetry. I randomly picked this favorite Rumi poem:

It’s Rigged

It’s Rigged – everything in your favor.

So there is nothing to worry about.

Is there some position you want,

some office, some acclaim, some award, some con, some lover,

maybe two, maybe three, maybe four – all at once,

maybe a relationship

with

God?

I know there is a gold mine in you, when you find it

the wonderment of the earth’s gifts you will lay

aside as naturally as does

a child a

doll.

But, dear, how sweet you look to me kissing the unreal;

comfort, fulfill yourself in any way possible – do that until

you ache, until you ache,

then come to me

again.

see related posts: https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/linda/

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

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

Timeless tunes – updated

By Marie-Lan Nguyen (Own work) [CC-BY-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons
Clock of the Torre dell’Orologio, piazza San Marco, Venice

After finishing my last post, I wanted to share some songs that capture different dimensions of time such as reincarnation, living in the moment, altered time, and timelessness.  Some are old classics, some more current.  enjoy!!

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Time Passages by Al Stewart

Closing Time by Semisonic

Synchronicity by The Police

Deja Vu by Dionne Warwick

Time by Pink Floyd

Just In Time by Nina Simone

This Magic Moment by The Drifters

Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers

It’s My Life by Bon Jovi

A Moment Like This by Kelly Clarkson

Live Like You Were Dying by Tim McGraw

Time Has Come Today by The Chambers Brothers

Back In Time by Huey Lewis and The News

Brand New Day by Sting

update: just had to add these tunes

Time After Time by Cindy Lauper

Time Warp – Rocky Horror Picture Show

{by Richard O’Brien/Patricia Quinn/Nell Campbell/Charles Gray}

Time is on My Side by The Rolling Stones

These Are Days by 10,000 Maniacs

Time of the Season by The Zombies

Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day

and last, but sooo not least ………

Ch-ch-ch-ch- Changes by David Bowie

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clock image by By Marie-Lan Nguyen (Own work) [CC-BY-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

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