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Moonlight Becomes Me: May 2008

Moonlight Becomes Me

Shedding New Light on the MOON and astrology

Friday, May 30, 2008

I Survived Mars And Pluto

Photo: terragalleria

Quite often I think the famous astrologers write very frightening and sensational prose....or maybe that's simply because I've been forewarned by their words and avoided the dangers of which they write.

So it was with a bit of trepidation that I read in my book Planets In Transit by the famous astrologer Robert Hand, " This transit is a strong stimulus to any kind of ambition, but the danger is that its energy can be rather violent and disruptive." He goes on with more warnings.

Just to play it safe, I nested and retreated, and zero violence or disruption entered my life.

Perhaps this is the great value of astrology: words to the wise. Don't push the river at this time.

In any event, I was VERY active within my realm even if I did lay low. And the "heavy work" Hand mentioned in another paragraph was lifting boxes from one room to another. The part about using this power creatively is what I manifested: I finished another art piece. I feel the power of Mars and Pluto in it, and I've already framed and hung it on my wall.

"We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities."-- Oscar Wilde

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Blog Your Blesssings Sunday--Old Photos

At age two I stood on stage for my first elocution performance. At age three my Mother plunked me down on top of a stack of books so that my fingers could reach the piano keyboard. This was my first professional piano lesson, and there followed all the way through college-- lessons, practice, and performances by me in piano, dance, and acting.

This was my training for a life and career that put me in the public eye where I worked with people in many capacities through the years. I've collected photos of this amazing journey AND which I'm FINALLY taking on the arduous task of sorting through, organizing, and putting into either a digital or scrapbook format.

This photo shown above brings back happy memories and blessings from my dolphin days. I asked my Japanese clients who had just returned from the boat and swimming with the dolphins (via the nonprofit cetacean research and education organization I founded) to pose for me on a tree branch, and they happily agreed. They were so joyful and had just experienced a great adventure swimming in the ocean with wild dolphins so they were in great spirits.

My blessings this week are my photos! I have so many as I was and still am a photo bug, and sifting through all these THOUSANDS of photos has been a trip down memory lane. I've been blessed by my encounters with people and creatures great and small from all over the world in my life's journey, and these photos are my reminders of what an incredible, blessed life I've lived.

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” Pat Conroy

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” Tim Cahill

And finally one of my favorite travel quotes by Mark Twain, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Blog Your Blessings Sunday

There are so many blessings I/We receive every moment of every day that when it comes time to Blog My Blessings every Sunday I don't know where to begin!

But since I need to focus and pick a subject, this week's blessing topic will be becoming aware of Presence in one's life. Presence is the still small voice within--the quiet background for the noisy, mental, monkey- brain part of ourselves. The more one tunes into Presence, the more miracles occur in one's life. This practice of tuning into Presence has been my path for many years.

Miracles happen to me and others close to me all the time--little ones all the way to big ones. I don't attempt to create them-- that's more in the realm of magic. Setting intentions is the early stage for what eventually matures into ALLOWING Presence to operate in your life. I refer to Presence by many names: my angels, Spirit, God/Goddess, and others.

Those that know and associate with me will attest to these miracles because most often these are miracles for others. If they have a strong desire, and they've been around me, miracles happen to them. They don't even need to voice their desires. Sometimes the miracles happen in the course of a day, and sometimes these miracles require a longer space of time.

Its my knowing that Presence flows these blessings and miracles to others.

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Friday, May 16, 2008

In The Beginning

When I first began studying astrology back in the dark ages, these were the first two books I purchased along with the Zodiacal Indicator Wheel. While cleaning out my office of the ancient books I've collected through the years, I decided to post about these books as they were my initial source of inspiration.

You can see that the big blue book on the top, the "A to Z Horoscope Maker and Delineator" has been lovingly chewed on, and this corner reminds me of my long gone, sweet companion Dratzel, a cockapoo. He loved to chew on this book as he saw me studying it a lot, and thus, he probably figured he would get even with the competition for his attention.

I purchased this book from the Church of Light in downtown Los Angeles, a very interesting place with bright purple carpets. It was written by Llewellyn George, and the price tag penciled in the upper right hand corner says I purchased it for $12.30. Doesn't that 30 cents seem very odd now in 2008? I purchased the 19th edition. Wow!

Perhaps it was the opening paragraph that so captured my attention:

"Now that the New Era is at hand--the dawning of the Aquarius Age--thousands under the general title of Advanced Thought are beginning to respond actively to the influence of "the water bearer," and because this advance guard of the Army of Truth and Peace requires insight to the mysteries of Nature in order to best promote their cause of enlightenment, we take this opportunity to present for consideration and study the highests of all sciences, astrology. Highest, because when rightly understood, it opens the way clearly to an understanding of the manifestations of Nature through human and mundane affairs."

The second book photographed above, "Heaven Knows What" by Grant Lewi was my second introduction to astrology. It was a basic book which helped newbies like me cast a horoscope plus it gave interpretive paragraphs about aspects, and in the back of the book were horoscope blanks. This one managed to escape the teeth of my beloved dog.

The third item was used for determing the rising sign and was published by the Esoteric Fraternity. It's still in working order, but I haven't used it since a zillion years. Who uses these kind of devices anymore? But it sure helped me WAY BACK THEN!

"We must dare to be ourselves,
no matter how odd
that self may prove to be."
- May Sarton

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Blog Your Blessings Sunday--Mother's Day

Many years ago I accompanied my daughter (photographed above--the dark-haired beauty) to take photos of her students and her as they visited an adult (senior ) daycare center on Maui for Mother's Day. This experience was both saddening and joyful for me. It was sad because these Mother's no longer had children around to celebrate the holiday. It was joyful in the respect that the visiting children bringing them gifts and food made the Mothers soooo happy!

As for me, being a Mother has been the most fabulous blessing I've ever received, and I absolutely love being a Mother!

Happy Mother's Day one and all! You are blessed beyond measure!

"We have so much. All we have is all we need. All we need is the awareness of how blessed we really are."

— Author Sarah Ban Breathnach

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Monday, May 05, 2008

New Moon in Taurus

Photo: terragalleria

Isn't it interesting that the Taurus New Moon falls on Cinco de Mayo this year? Since Taurus Moon's signify creature comforts, and since many people like to party on Cinco de Mayo, I imagine restaurants will be spilling over with patrons eager to eat, drink, and make merry today! We certainly plan to!

The Taurus New Moon's promote fertility, and with Venus in Taurus, this is a great time to conceive if one is so inclined.

Also with Chiron, North Node, and Neptune conjunct (close together), one is given a free pass and power to travel the alternate dimensions, create mystical art, and dream NEW dreams.

"Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the SKY!"
Carl Sandburg

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Sunday, May 04, 2008

Blog Your Blessings Sunday--Memories

I am grateful for the blessings of memories--especially in the form of old photographs. Yesterday my daughter and I began the first step in a new project we're undertaking together. This is organizing our old family and friends photos in creative scrapbook fashion with story lines and collage.

Since I'm very sentimental about old photos and have collected so many through the years, this is a HUGE undertaking, and I'm blessed that my daughter is as enthused about working on this project as I am. We began by gathering some of the photos in various albums and sorting them by subject, but there wasn't enough time to sort through ALL the photos!

We had many good laughs looking at ourselves and others at different ages with different hair styles. We had our dorky photos and our "wish-I-still-looked-like-that" photos. The biggest laugh was when my partner decided to join us and look at some of the photos, and he asked me, "Who is that guy you're snuggled up to in this photo?"

And it was HIM--when he had grown a beard. He couldn't remember ever having a beard, and he had totally blocked that part of his life. He didn't even recognize himself in the photo! He has changed a lot since those bearded times.

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Friday, May 02, 2008

The Return

Photo: terragalleria

When making important decisions about an event, I always draw up an astrology chart to check out the aspects. However, there are some things out of my control and making airline reservations for a major trip always is done by my significant other in our household. Not that I wouldn't prefer to do it, but he claims this job because he likes to search around for the best deal, and he feels more suited to this daunting task.

This searching always entails him grumbling and then grumbling some more until he finally books the flights. Once booked and ticketed, I'm stuck with his timing! And so it went on our last leg of our journey to the Mainland. He had booked our tickets, and I had drawn up a chart to see how everything looked....and it didn't look good at all! But what am I gonna do? Wait 'n see, and hope for the best! Some things are just fated I feel.

Here's how it came down: We arrived at the Kahului airport on Maui two hours ahead of time which would be around 6:30 AM on April 3. Our flight was scheduled for 8:20 AM that morning. When we pulled up curbside to drop off our bags (a friend had driven us to the airport), we heard from the security man standing there that the airline we were scheduled to fly on that morning, ATA, had gone BANKRUPT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT! The airline employees hadn't even been notified and had shown up for work to discover they no longer had jobs!

And thus the astro chart turned out to be spot-on. The Moon in Pisces was applying to a conjunction with Uranus, the planet of surprises, and there was a stellium (grouping of planets)in the 11th house of groups. So this bankruptcy sent emotional turbulence, ripples and chaos throughout the Islands and impacted many people!

We had to think fast because our timing required us to be in Florida to catch a cruise ship which we had paid for a year in advance, and it would cruise without us unless we could find a way to get there in time.

We bought the last two tickets on Hawaii Airlines to fly to Oahu where we figured we would stand a better chance of getting flights to the Mainland. Once there, we stood in line at Delta Airlines before they even opened for business, and we were the first to tell them our sad story and ask for their help in booking us a flight to Ft. Lauderdale, our destination and cruise departure point.

Delta Airlines were great, and at the last minute managed to book us new tickets at a discounted price because of our situation. However, Uranus and the Moon weren't through messing with us yet as the applying conjunction was still in play.

After going through a long security check, we sighed a sigh of relief that we had made it thus far. Whoops--too soon for that sigh we were to find out!

Since we were flying stand-by, we had to wait for the gate agents to call our names, and when they did so, we were ready. HOWEVER for some crazy Uranian reason, my partner had not gotten his security ticket stamped, and so they had to call security to have him frisked in front of everyone in the waiting area. The security guy couldn't figure out how this could have happened that my partner had made it through security without having been stamped! After making a big deal of checking my partner, he finally stamps the two two pieces of paper and takes off.... but NO, Uranus is not finished yet!

The security man accidentally took off with the most important part--the ticket! So then the gate agent had to call him again and ask for him to return the ticket! By this time, I'm laughing my a$$ off! I looked down at my watch, and I could see that the conjunction had passed, and now we were ready to move forward as we had passed ALL our tests!

Now my partner MIGHT let me book the tickets for the next journey. Or maybe not. He's very stubborn with a Taurus Moon, and of course, I'll remind him of this crazy adventure we experienced. My Virgo Sun will insist!

"This woman's work is exceptional. Too bad she's not a man." Edouard Manet

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