Reading for October – We are of the Earth

Queen of Pentacles
from The Starman Tarot by Davide and Esther De Angelis

Queen of Pentacles from the Starman Tarot by Davide and Esther De Angelis“We are all part of Mother Earth: an indivisible, living community of interconnected systems. Evidence of exploitation and contamination of the lands, over the years, has lead to corrosive deterioration and destruction, threatening the diversity of life, including our own. If we were boldly to proclaim, as Universal Declaration of Rights announcing the Earth is Gaia; a living entity with the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles; then might we not be catalyzing the life force from the seed pod with our own hands? We need legal power to prevent misguided interests from treating this Earth as mere property to be sold to the highest bidder. Might it protect the gift of fresh, clean water – less than 3% of all water sources and even more miraculously fragile, less than .01% of the surface water found in lakes, swamps, rivers, and streams?”

Something happened at the founding of the United States that shifted the value system of the planet over time. Early in our history, the pinnacle of success was defined as profit. For a time, the rest of the world just watched; now, though, this idea has infected every major system in the world. What if we defined success as something else? What if we defined success by the quality of life of the poorest of our members, rather than our richest? What if we defined success by the robustness of our population? What if we defined success as the solving or problems and challenges? What if we defined success as every person doing something that involved their passion? We have gotten so money-focused that most people don’t even know what their passion is; they have become so confused by the programming of our society, they no longer hear their heartsong.

“This Queen is certainly moved to take action. Despite her considerable wealth and status, she is conscious of the precious opportunities and resources she can access in her daily life. She doesn’t take them for granted for one minute. Aware of her afforded privileges that many in the developing world don’t have, she realizes wealth for all can only happen when we engage our collective political and social will to distribute it fairly. You are being invited to connect with the natural abundance of nature that is your birthright and channel it beautifully to catalyze life.”

As we move further into this paradigm shift, we need to acknowledge what does not work and set new goals. If you can redefine the meaning of success for yourself, it starts to radiate outward, and we can ‘infect’ the world with a new, healing virus. Look to the children, asking us to learn new values; they know. Listen to the Ancestors, they are no longer stuck in this paradigm, and they can show you. Take October to really look at what we are doing to our legacy, what we are leaving for those who will come after. We are a global community. Let’s start to act like it.

You are the light of the world!
Ayamanatara

Posted in Autumn, Environment, Equality, Healing, Mysticism, Oracles, Politics, Practice, Shamanism, Shift, Spirit Guidance, Tarot, Tools

You’re probably overwhelmed. Here’s why.

Last weekend I started feeling overwhelmed. It happens sometimes. Instead of getting better as I used my tools, though, the overwhelm kept increasing. By this weekend, I was almost incapable of getting things done and ended up eating froyo and binge watching TV. Core issues were coming up, and I wasn’t able to get an appointment with any of my colleagues to work through them. My brain got stuck in “I can’t”.

Full Moon in Pisces - are you overwhelmed?I was working on putting together information for my Full Moon Women’s Circle (which I ended up having to cancel anyway), and I realized, “Hey, it’s a full moon.” Sometimes I’m a master of the obvious. People get emotional and things can be wacky at Full Moon. And then I noticed it was a PISCES Full Moon. ::shudder:: Pisces Full Moon, for me anyway, is even more emotional than a Cancer Full Moon (which is pretty emotional). As I attempted to plow through the information from the various astrologers I follow, I realized that this was a doozy (something about Neptune also being in Pisces, apparently). Sarah Varcas used the phrase “an unnerving dissolution of self.” Lena over at The Power Path said “Holding on to the familiarity of our dysfunctions is breeding suffering and despair.”

I started getting confirmation almost immediately, as I became aware of how many other people were also feeling overwhelmed. This wasn’t just me. Knowing that is helpful, although it doesn’t mitigate the fact that the Giant Squid of Emotions is trying to swallow me whole.

Basically, for a lot of us, those core issues that we’ve been not processing deeply enough are rising up and giving us no choice. I mean, yes, sure, you always have a choice, it’s a Free Will Universe. Believe me, though, dealing with the stuff that’s trying to swallow your face is probably the better option. Write about it so it’s not rolling around in your heady like a snowball, getting bigger. Talk to your shrink, spiritual advisor, or whoever will let you process verbally without trying to fix you. Be present to the feelings so you can move through it. Throw all your tools at it. But deal with it now.

Posted in Astrology, Crisis, Healing, Moon, Personal growth, Tools

A Spiritual Pep Talk

Everything in the Universe in the Universe is constantly expanding and contracting.

All matter is energy. All non-matter is energy. Energy is defined by it’s motion, which is a push and a pull, or expansion or contraction. So the Universe, and everything in it, is breathing. We might strive for balance, as well we should, but we will never achieve it, because we are made of energy. We are constantly in motion. Everything in us is constantly in motion.

So let yourself off the hook. An ideal is just an ideal, something to strive for. You are exactly where you are, and that is right and good.

We suffer from perfectionism in our society, driven by the ego messages of “I’m not enough,” “There’s not enough,” and “There will never be enough.” These are the lies our ego tells us to keep us from growth. If we can’t do it perfectly, why bother at all, right? This i what keeps us powerless and paralyzed.

Take your power back!

Allow yourself to be exactly where you are. AND Strive for goals, work for change, stretch yourself, challenge assumptions. Work to make yourself a better person. Work to make the world a better place. Don’t let the myth of perfectionism strip you of your power.

This originally appeared in the September newsletter

Posted in empowerment, Equality, Kabbalah, Mysticism, Personal growth, Tools

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