Sunday inspiration: Tending the garden of the unexplored mind

One result of the Coronavirus is that for many of us, life has slowed down leaving us with fewer distractions and more time with ourselves.  This has been disturbing for many, which is uncomfortable but also useful since it drives us to pay more attention to the inner world that connects us to a sense of the spiritual. Stephen Levine offers these words of wisdom for times like these.

At first when we approach the unexplored mind, it is like a stretch of wild, untended ground.  All that grows there arises uninvited from passing happenstance and previous conditions.  In some areas weeds choke out flowers.  In others the ground is barren and impervious to life.  Here and there seeds remain ungerminated.  All about is deadfall obscuring the rich soil beneath.  While just under the surface old roots, so slow to disintegrate, leave little room for new growth.

Because this garden has gone so long unattended much has occurred to limit growth.  … One begins in the heart to soften the way for the mind and body to be experienced wholeheartedly without judgment or fear.  As we open the heart, certain obstacles may become evident in the pain in the mind or body … Referring to this effortlessly unfolding in Zen, they say “Spring comes and the grass grows by itself.”

Let your flower open but hold nowhere to the fruit.  Let the seeds fall to the ground and germinate in your own great nature.

Stephen Levine, Guided Meditations, Explorations and Healings

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By |2020-05-17T08:13:49-04:00May 17th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Astrological insights for the week of May 18 2020, including Venus retrograde

The magic of retrograde Venus is something that has always fascinated me, and I talk a lot about that in this video as well as the Gemini New Moon and other things you need to know for the week.  Transcript is below!!

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Today I want to talk a little bit about Venus retrograde. Currently there are four planets retrograde: Pluto turned retrograde at the end of April, Saturn turned retrograde and the beginning of May I think was May 11. And then Venus and Jupiter both turned retrograde on the 13th. So I talked about all of that last week. If you missed it, you might want to go ahead and catch up. I wanted to talk a little bit about Venus retrograde because there’s a lot of beautiful symbology to it.

One thing that I find really interesting is Venus is retrograde for 40 days and 40 nights. And what’s interesting about that is the religious connotations, which in most of the major religions, there is something about 40 days for night’s the flood with Noah was 40 days 40 nights. Jesus went into the wilderness to pray for 40 days and 40 nights. And he was tempted by Satan. And an interesting thing about that is that another name for Satan supposedly, is Lucifer. Lucifer is also called the Light Bringer and the Morning Star and Venus when she’s visible in the sky in the morning is also called the Morning Star.

So all of this symbology sort of all melds together. Moses and the ancient Hebrews wandered in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights and Buddha meditated for 40 […]

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By |2020-05-18T13:37:01-04:00May 16th, 2020|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Sunday poetry for May Day

art by Elaine Manley

In today’s world of quarantine and isolation, every small bit of nature feels like a revelation.  This poem seems very appropriate for life today. 

May Day
Sara Teasdale

A delicate fabric of bird song
Floats in the air,
The smell of wet wild earth
Is everywhere.

Red small leaves of the maple
Are clenched like a hand,
Like girls at their first communion
The pear trees stand.

Oh I must pass nothing by
Without loving it much,
The raindrop try with my lips,
The grass with my touch;

For how can I be sure
I shall see again
The world on the first of May
Shining after the rain?


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By |2020-05-02T20:46:55-04:00May 3rd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The astrological importance of the January 10th eclipse

A lunar eclipse in Cancer on January 10th will add a particularly big wallop to the astrological energies that we are facing this week (read more about that here).  On the 12th we have a rare alignment between Saturn, planet of tests and challenges, to Pluto, planet of destruction and regeneration.  This conjunction takes place in the sign of Capricorn – the sign under which we learn to master the material world through hard work, discipline, and achievement.  This is a cycle that only occurs every 30-38 years, and it is associated with challenging circumstances that test us but eventually bring about a seismic change in the foundations upon which we build our lives.

A lunar eclipse occurs at the time of the Full Moon, when the Moon is opposite the Sun and the Earth’s shadow falls upon the Moon.  This can only happen when the Moon and Sun are within fifteen degrees from the lunar nodes, the point at which the Moon’s orbit intersects with the orbit of the Sun.  The lunar nodes are considered to be points of fate and destiny, with the North Node representing the future, and the South Node representing the past.  This is why eclipses are often thought to be connected with events that are fated in some way.

This particular eclipse falls on the axis of Cancer and Capricorn, the polarity between the softness and vulnerability of feelings (Cancer) and the hard cold reality of Capricorn. .  Under the influence of this polarity we are often faced with a choice or decision between our emotional world (Cancer) and the practical needs of a life in the world (Capricorn).  Because the Moon is full, emotions are heightened anyway and […]

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By |2020-01-07T17:10:30-05:00January 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|7 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Special advice from Ram Dass

As many of you know, Ram Dass (formerly Richard Alpert) died on December 22, 2019.  Ram Dass was a sacred spiritual teacher to many of us who came of age in the 1960s and 1970s.  This typed letter was found among his belongings about a year before his death.  I find it moving and inspirational, and hope you do too.


Art by Angi Sullins and Silas Toball

Don’t sell yourself short by thinking you are only your body or your personality, no matter how intriguing and dramatic they may be. For behind them, there lies a more profound part of your true self. Call it ‘spiritual’ or call it ‘higher consciousness’… call it what you will, but… Call it!

One of the doorways to that higher self is through the cultivation of your intuitive wisdom. As you learn to listen to and trust your intuition, you will find a quiet place in the heart of your being that is wise and can guide your actions. One of the things it will remind you of is your interconnectedness to all things. And out of that appreciation will spontaneously arise compassion for those who suffer; for the earth, and for all living things.

When that happens, don’t be overwhelmed by the suffering you see, by the darkness that exists in the human condition. True, there is much of it. But so, too, is there much caring and compassion in the world. Mahatma Gandhi said, “What you do may seem insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” It is important for yourself, as well as for the balances in the world. As you let your compassion guide […]

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By |2020-01-05T08:09:44-05:00January 5th, 2020|Uncategorized|2 Comments