This morning I received a cool synch about divine mission/purpose and it truly surprised me. Not the part about receiving synchronicities, but that it was on this topic. After I wrote my piece for my blogging challenge and hit publish, my mind and heart attended to other matters. So while “lightly” viewing CBS Sunday Morning, my heart melted a bit while learning about Jackie Speier’s time at Jonestown 40 years ago. Please watch this riveting account of tragedy and renewal here.
I am using this space to also share some pictures of fall foliage in my neighborhood. While more than fashionably late to the party, the seasonal colors are gloriously dazzling.
While you’re in the mood, take a peek at Dayna’s awesome entry here.
This has not been an easy time, but when has it ever been easy? While transiting Jupiter retrograded back on my natal Sun over the past few days, I spent most of the time physically ill and/or exhausted. Astrology is complicated and sometimes transits do not show up in a standard way. The late Donna Cunningham wrote about this topic and postulated that often astrological transits trigger internal events, even when it looks like they ought to be external.
I am not certain, but what I do know is how grateful I feel when the pain subsides or when I am able to just let go and be with the pain. How can we know sweet without bitter, light without dark? In the material world, duality is here to teach us the range of creation. Lately, I have noticed that more nudges have appeared, bringing into focus the complexity of emotion and the far-reaching impact of empathy.
Neptune just stationed retrograde this evening at 16 degrees Pisces and will remain retrograde until November 24th. Of course it just started raining as I type this post. It is part of a grand water trine including Mercury and Jupiter. It also creates a grand water trine with my Mars in Cancer and Scorpio stellium. It exactly trines my Mercury and is transiting my first house. It has been there for many years and will remain there for many many more. For me, it emphasizes an internal re-calibration that is scary and exciting simultaneously. I would imagine many of my readers can relate, as so many of us are experiencing cosmic upgrades.
Neptune in Pisces has many interpretations and her impact will vary on your chart and your sensitivity to her energies. The God Neptune was male but I perceive the energies as feminine, hence the female pronouns! Some of the themes to be revisited during this cycle include: forgiveness, letting go, compassion, empathy, surrender, heart expansion, and boundless ecstasy. If you are typically Neptunian anyway, this cycle is just another day at the office! If not, you can use this time to hone your communication with your Higher Self and learn to block out the static on social media and the world at large.
It is also a great time to get into photography, so I am sharing some recent pics from Longwood Gardens. Before I go , I want to say thanks to those who have been there for me as I deal with the loss of my former patient and my hero Anthony Bourdain. My guess is these two souls had plenty in common, which makes their passing even more tragic. Thank you to Connie who has been there for me consistently over the years. She knows how to listen and hears what isn’t being said. Thank you ❤
Many synchronicities have led me to consider that grief work may be part of my calling. I am happy to share that I have advanced in the hiring process for the position at the non-profit organization that offers grief support programming. I am hopeful that all will occur for the highest good. Thanks to all who continue to hold space for me and shine light, especially when I shut down and retreat.
Before the power goes out ( again), let me conclude with a special video. At my former job I would play videos for my guys at the beginning of Friday’s group therapy that were related to addiction or recovery. One of the first videos I played was End of the Line to celebrate Tom Petty and to illustrate letting go of judgements and expectations. This song has always been a favorite of mine and while some of the undertones are dark, the tempo is upbeat and conveys hope. Besides, there is something about me and trains that is yet to be fully explored. I hope you enjoy it! I dedicate this post to my guys and to everyone that struggles with addiction:
The self is only made of non-self elements.
But before we can truly understand our nature of non-self
we must understand ourself, first. ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Since beginning-less time
impelling energies & matter
from form to emptiness
and back again
through space, including earth
who photosynthesized, swam, crawled,
flew, walked, then stood up,
until co-arising as a self
for the sake of argument
we can call me,
in this moment’s configuration.
quick, get a selfie!
as this self will die
and be reborn
in each new moment.
non-selfie with non-tree
Five streams flowing, eternally.
First, body: who’s physiology burns calories to fuel it’s movement, bearing new cells as old ones age, and die.
Second, perception: streams in a feast of images, sounds and contact through eye, ear, nose, tongue and touch.
Third, feelings: experienced as pleasures, pains, comfort, and…
I am strongly led to get something out to you today. My computer is acting oddly, so if I am silent for a while, most likely I am in need of a new laptop.
Emotionally I am fried right now. Life is moving slow and fast concurrently. This defies understanding, so I will not even try. You probably can feel it yourself.
What I will do is briefly share how I am doing:
I lost a few pounds by eating less carbs.
I scheduled a colonoscopy. So what if it took 5 years to do so?
I am researching alternative healers and plan to use tax refund to pay for it. Let’s hope the person I choose is within my price range. Thanks to those who offered me assistance with this process.
I am walking almost daily whether I want to or not. It is about building momentum and a routine. This season with its glory has enticed me to go outside and be with the magic of nature. This Spring is dazzling and buzzing with activity.
I have resumed my meditation practice, courtesy of the Deepak Chopra series.
Here are some images I captured walking around my neighborhood in no particular order:
It seems that when I do focus on 3D signs, they usually appear, especially those of the numerical variety.
I hope you all enjoyed this spring stroll and April update. I will write more once I am better grounded and my computer cooperates.
Tomorrow is the big hurrah and I haven’t posted. I hope to blog soon on how I am faring spiritually and my thoughts on the brewing astrological weather. If I don’t do so today, don’t fret. I would read this gem in the meantime. The author of the link goes by the name Michael Lutin. I call him brilliant, visionary and frighteningly accurate per usual.
I will be back posting once I gather my parts up off the floor and reassemble my self.
Above are 2 shots taken in the fall.The first in mine and the other taken by a talented friend. They both possess pointillistic, mosaic vibes, don’t ya think?
I promise I will be back soon. Just wanted to say hello and to also thank all the new followers and readers. Welcome! I hope you find my stories and musings thought-provoking and relatable. Go back to the archives to see how my story has evolved. Plenty can happen in 2 years.
With the Sun just entering Virgo ( and approaching my Sun / Moon midpoint) , it is time for me to get a bit organized. So here goes:
Award Design Contest Update: The Best Comment AwardContest is in full swing. While the entries I have received thus far are wonderful, I am hoping more people will get involved! With so many artists, photographers, and computer geniuses among us in the blogosphere, the creative potential is staggering!!!
I am extending the contest deadline until September 15th, so that there is more time for all to join in, and to also include those who have been vacationing.
Thanks to those who have already contributed! You rock!! Please spread the word to those who enjoy a fun chance to compete and ” strut your stuff!”
Also, let’s give a big shout out to Shree for advertising the contest on her glorious blog The Heartsongs Blog. While you are there, please check out her mandalas, so gorgeous!!
Milestones: I am very excited as litebeingchronicles approaches 200 followers – a huge Namaste to everyone who has paid me a visit! It is an honor to tell my stories to you and genuinely share my journey as I continue to find my way HOME….
Re-posts:I plan to re-post some articles that you may have missed over the summer, as well as some ” Golden oldies ” for newer readers. I find that sometimes when I reread a book or listen again to an old song, I get the message in a new way. Perhaps that is also true for you. Let me know if this resonates , you know how I love your comments and questions!!
Reiki with Heidi: I recently received a remote Reiki healing from blogger pal Heidi of The Eagle and the Serpent. I can be a tough customer at times and a bit of a skeptic, but this woman is quite powerful and gifted!! Once the dust settles, I plan to blog about my experience. If I were you, I would contact her ASAP for an appointment before she is fully booked for the remainder of the year!!! It does not matter if you are local or not, this powerful energy transmission is boundless and perfectly suited to what is needed. Stay tuned for the full story coming soon……
While I feel some sadness as the Summer begins to wane, I have learned so much this season, and have enjoyed myself beyond measure. I eagerly anticipate the Autumn, with the promise of crisp air, vivid hues contained throughout each cascading leaf, and continuous expression here in our evolving community!