Sunday, April 9, 2017

MOON IS A MIRROR

       At full moon, the Moon faces the Sun full-on, reflecting all the Sun's light. It's a good hard look in the mirror, for your Soul. What do you see out there. What do you feel. How are the events in the world affecting you, and how are you expressing yourself in your relationships. 
     Sometimes I lose myself in you, and things get complicated. I am the world, and also I am not the world. Sun and Moon are separate and distinct, but sometimes they perfectly reflect each other. 
     This full Moon shines light on relationships. The Moon reflects your radiant Self, your Being, your sense of "I AM".
But the Sun confronts the inner feelings and subconscious images not usually seen. The inner and outer realities come into fuller awareness, to realize a deeper and more complete balance.
     You look in the mirror to get a clearer sense of yourself. You can see how beautiful you are. And you can also see what's troubling you, how you are getting older, or how eager you are for approval from the mirror. Of course you have to remember that the mirror is outside of you. How do you feel when your image is reflected in those you love, or in world events?
     You can be honest with what is revealed, Your fear, your ambitions and intentions, your wonderful qualities, reflected in a world of opportunities for loving creativity. And challenges that provoke your courage and your wisdom.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

MAKE ROOM FOR MIRACLES

     Relax. Lighten up. Clear some space in your life so magic can happen. It will. Creative life-energy is so strong it can't wait to blossom everywhere, like wildflowers and weeds.
     Let go. Being in control often simply means repeating your habits, doing what you always do, doing what you learned to do when you were a small child. When you don't do what you always do you leave room for the other 99% of life's possibilities to occur. Instead of drawing on your stock repertoire of behaviors, you tap the entire realm of opportunity. 
     How can Santa fill your stocking if you don't put up a stocking? How can your stocking get filled if you don't believe in Santa? How can he come if you keep watching the chimney all the time? Are you afraid he will leave you something you don't like with no receipt so you can't exchange it?
     That you exist at all is a miracle. Let's face it. Could you have built yourself from scratch? Surely you would have left out something, or connected some of the wires wrong. What if every time you wanted to stand up you found yourself sitting down?
     A miracle usually includes a sense of unexpectedness. I didn't expect it, it's much better than I expected. It's better than I deserve. When you don't think you deserve good things, then to get something good seems like a miracle. 
     You make room for miracles when you stop trying to figure it all out. When you admit that you don't know what's going to happen, when you let go of the need for things to turn out the way they've always turned out, that is when you you start to notice all the other amazing things going on, some of which were there all along. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

GLOBAL CONSCIOUSNESS- FULL MOON SAGITTARIUS

     Facebook and internet blogs can be a powerful tool for raising consciousness and deepening awareness of each other. And they can be an escape, a distraction from being with each other. This is an unusual time in our culture, where the internet both brings us together and isolates us. The challenge and opportunity is to use facebook and blogs and websites with your whole heart, sharing as much of your real self as you can, not consuming information that others supply, or tripping out in endless distraction, but taking responsibility for full self-expression, and for real connection in community. 
     Our minds, our consciousness, and our lives are being transformed by the exchange of ideas, information, images, and passions that we share. We are more than ever aware that we participate in one great mind, one global consciousness. How to balance your personal life, your individual creative responsibility, with your global Self? The experience of union in the One Mind can be empowering and awesome, or it can be overwhelming and enslaving. The key is to know that your participation in global community requires your full Presence here, completely expressing your unique individual self. The blossoming of transformation of human consciousness that is happening now comes from the liberation of each of us to participate as we really are, honestly and generously, while also being aware that we are
united, that we are One.

Monday, August 29, 2016

HEALING WORDS

    Kindness falls like a gentle summer rain, nourishing the ground and bringing the bright sunshine that follows. Forgiveness flows
like the creek, full and fast after the rain. And love is here, in the rocks and trees and blue sky, and in your eyes and in your heart.            In your words, all the qualities of nature speak, all the spiritual qualities of kindness, understanding, encouragement, and commitment. The words you speak, and the conversations that follow, are creating a world between you and your loved ones. This world of talk, this world of words we share, is like another dimension of nature. We can make it sweet and flowing and bright,
or soothing and compassionate like the rain, or harsh and powerful like the thunder and lightning of a storm. Words can clear the air like the sunshine after rain. Or brings floods of hurt feelings, wounds like the broken branches from the howling winds of a summer deluge.
     You have some choice over the words you use, and the feelings and ideas behinds them. You are an artist of life, creating worlds of understanding, when you choose words that come from your heart,
when you speak truthfully, soulfully. When you speak from your deepest Being, you are a force of nature, and the words flow from you to those around you in harmony with the rocks, the creek, the sun, and the summer rain.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

WE BREATHE THE SAME AIR

     We are connected. We breathe the same air. We think of each other constantly. We watch the same Moon slide down the mountain into the sea. We are active characters in each others' dreams. We may feel isolated sometimes, but we cannot escape our connection. We may have good boundaries, or foggy boundaries, or no boundaries, but we are connected in subtle intimate ways. We compare ourselves to each other, and try to imagine how each other feels, or what each other wants, or how we can make each other happy. We love or dislike or fear or are comfortable with each other, we learn about ourselves from our connection to each other.
We want to communicate, to have conversations, to get closer by telling the truth to each other. We take chances with honest sharing, and sometimes we shut down to avoid conflict or unpleasantness. Sometimes we pretend each other doesn't exist, when it's difficult to handle our differences. Sometimes we are so preoccupied with ourselves, so fascinated with the problem of Me, that we don't feel the connectedness that is always here. Then things get weird and sad. Life only makes sense when we are in touch with each other, and we feel the peace and wholeness of our togetherness.



Thursday, July 21, 2016

YOUR LIGHT

     Today, the sun begins its month long journey in the sign Leo. There's a place in all of us that wants to shine, that is always shining, if only we will let the radiance come forth. Enough of modesty, enough of care-taking, enough of Minnesota nice. Leo is the energy of pure self-expression. I've got a story to tell and I want to share it with you. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. I've got a voice that wants to be heard, a song that must be sung. I want you to know who I am.
     Leo is the act of expressing your real self. It is basic honesty, combined with the radiant energy of the sun in mid-summer.
Leo is when your ego is so strong that it becomes the vehicle for expressing and communicating your Soul. Sharing your light, bringing your light into the world, your are pure raw creativity. Your light, your voice warms the world, encourages good things to grow, and brings the uniqueness of your creative perspective into form. All of us have Leo somewhere in our astro chart, not only those with sunsign Leo, born July 22-Aug 21. Now, this whole month, all of you are invited to get past your inhibitions, your fears that you are too much for people, your embarrassment that you have so much to say, You are invited to go for it, to let 'er rip, to stand up on the stage of your life and let your light shine. Just be your natural radiant self.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

FULL MOON: CANCER-CAPRICORN

     It's a mystery. How do we feel the whole world, and still live our lives? When the moon is full, feelings overflow. The cool inner light of the soul bathes the night with dreams. 
When the sun wakes up after a full moon night, it is groggy with feelings, and filled with the enduring love of the soulmate moon.
If you want to make sense of this full moon day, you'd better just feel it in your belly. And then let the meaning find its way up to your heart.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

SOLSTICE SHIFT


     As the Sun moves from Gemini into Cancer, and the sunlight of the longest day dissolves the memories of the Minnesota winter, the abundant nurturing power of this emotional sign overflows its banks. Some notable folks born this month: The Dalai Lama lives the compassionate kindness of the sun sign Cancer. My gentle dad, my empathic sister Deb, my friend Steve working at Mayo to relieve suffering, my friend Sarah in Maine who supports all good causes for the planet, Patty in New York who sings the soul of theater, and Mark who feels everything so deeply and makes contributions to the delivery of healthcare beyond my understanding.
     As each of us makes our contribution to the wellbeing of our communities, our families, our world, let us unleash the full flow of our compassion. The celebration of Summer Solstice is the blossoming of kindness, caring and love. The sweetness of Solstice is the joining of the abundance of nature, the fullness of the light, and the gentleness of your human heart.



Thursday, June 2, 2016

A NEW WORLD

    Neptune and Chiron in Pisces, about to turn retrograde in June. Can I be so open that I almost forget who I am? Surrendering notions of me and mine, entering and dissolving in the flow of life.
Losing myself, finding a deeper Self, again and again, like breathing out and breathing in.
     You are participating in a global cleansing, a vast spiritual detox program. Old fears, distrusts, doubts are being swept away in the Neptune-Chiron healing flow. Illusions of separateness and conflict and judgements of good and bad are dissolving. You can feel an empathy, a compassion, a transparency of ego, a deep underlying sense of peace. Even while news media foster ideas of conflict, tension, fear, oppositions!
     The healing and cleansing are felt inside you, in your consciousness, and in the understanding, acceptance, and peace that is emerging in your relationships. It is there for you when you feel safe in your body, and trust that you are in harmony with, and supported by, the whole universe. You can feel it in your work as a gentle effortlessness and joy that is there for you when you lose yourself in service. As you keep opening gently, subtly, gracefully,
you are allowing a whole new world of grace and peace to be born.




Tuesday, May 24, 2016

WHAT'S THE MESSAGE?

Sun in Gemini opposite Mars in Sagittarius. Intensified energy 
for communication. What are you trying to say? And what are you 
hearing from others in your life? 

The fabric of my experience is woven out of the conversations I have with the people in my life. My work is based on conversations. And the conversations going on inside my head, how I talk to myself, are crucial to how I feel and how I relate to the world. Ideas are not ethereal things, they are the backbone, the architectural plan, the map that we build our lives on. 
      Your life, your actions, your sense of who you are, are driven by the ideas that are most important to you, and by the resulting dialogues you have with your world. The clearer you can be about what you are trying to say in your life, the more effective and peaceful you will feel. Life will make more sense, for instance, if you know that today you want to get closer to someone, or have a conversation about building trust, or express tolerance and love. Or if your message today is that your have a lot of practical things to handle and you'll get back to us tomorrow, that clarifies things. Being more aware of what your messages are, gives purpose and consciousness to your day, and to your life. 
     So speak up, put it out there, talk it over. The Gemini Sun opposite Mars is about a month long conversation about who we are, what we want to do together, and how we're going to do it.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

THE MYSTERY OF RELATIONSHIPS

     The most precious and most essential experiences in my life have been what is happening between me and you. I do not exist except in the context of my relationships.
     Relationships. You know yourself in the flow of your relationships. Words, ideas, messages and conversations describe the shape and energy of relationships. Agreements, commitments,
shared intentions, and expectations express the ongoing adventure of relationships. Honesty, trust, love and understanding are some of the qualities that you feel in good relationships. Relationships are about sharing: shared enthusiasm, shared purpose, shared consciousness.
    And let's admit it, in relationships we are confronted with our limitations, our fears, our delusions, and the parts of ourselves we have never faced. Relationships can be terrifying, frustrating, a challenge to our sense of who we are. A classroom in which you learn about yourself, if you are honest.
     Relationships are the great mystery. Who am I and who are you, and what are we doing here? What are we trying to do together? How are we connected, and how are we separate? Where do you begin and where do I end? A mystery, a great miracle, that in the depths of our aloneness we find each other. A mystery and a great learning adventure, how do we get past our fears and our egos, so that we may truly communicate and express the exquiste mystery of our love.

Friday, May 13, 2016

THE WAY

   From time to time I lose my way. Maybe for a minute or two of doubt, or in the middle of the night, maybe for a while after an upsetting conversation, where shame or care-taking have kicked in. It always feels bad, like I can't remember who I am, lost in a drama, needing to work through my shit one more time, all over again. Humbled, humiliated, scared and all the rest of the feelings of a little child who has lost his way.
     These are actually the greatest opportunities, when you lose your way and have to find your way back to yourself. You get to deal with stuff that was there all along. You get to use all your experience and your training to recover yourself, and you are able to connect even more deeply to your presence, your essential self.
You work through the judgements, the identity attachments, the ego trip you were on without realizing it. You work through all kinds of feelings, from despair to rage, from confusion to fear. You remember to feel your breathing, and to center yourself in your body. You climb back into your heart and you feel the love in there, and you let the love expand to fill all the space around you with your light.
     You and I lose our way and then find our way back home again, over and over. That actually is the nature of the way. This process plays out collectively in governments and societies. The people of the earth, as guests of this planet, have lost their way. Let us commit collectively to finding our way again.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

EMOTION


     The great ocean of emotions. 
     Waves, rising and falling, crashing and gathering in the depths. We are in the flow, and sometimes we are drowning and sometimes we are released in the joyous foam of our lives.      Pisces month, purest empathy, deepest connectedness, the essential emotional flow we call love.




Thursday, February 18, 2016

COMPASSION

COMPASSION

Pisces month begins tonight! 
Pisces is gentle, intuitive, inspired. (Also sometimes spaced-out and lost in imagination). Pisces is achingly compassionate, feeling the pain and the joy of the world. 
Confession: I am a Pisces Sun sign, with the wounds to prove it, and the joys that come with it too. 
And all of you have Pisces somewhere in your birth chart, somewhere in your psyche is the sensitive, empathic dreamer. Honor your inner Pisces this month. Pisces is the healer who heals by dissolving old wounds, with understanding, empathy, and acceptance. Embrace your compassionate Self, and surrender into wholeness, and peace.


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

BREATHE




     Remember to breathe. It's so good for you. Noticing your breath breaks up tension. Breathing deeply, intentionally, calms you down and reconnects you to your body. Most of us know this by now, this idea that breathing is a powerful spiritual tool. But we do forget from time to time, so I'm just reminding you. A nice deep slow breath, is like a really good friend, always there for you.


Sunday, January 17, 2016

RELAX!


     Today Moon joins Neptune in meditative Pisces. It gets easier to let go of stuff, and to relax and open to the healing that is happening. You can more easily set your ego aside now. You can let your ego sit beside you, like an old friend, somewhat demented, who you entertain with sympathy and tolerance. Letting go into the deepest relaxation, your whole Being relaxes into itself, and into harmony with nature and all of Life. You are at home. You are happy because happiness is who you are. And your ego, like a little brother or a cranky uncle, is comfortable in an easy chair nearby, always ready to offer its opinion.


Saturday, January 16, 2016

HONESTY


     There's a lot that I don't really know for sure, and I think the same is true for you. I try to share what I think I do know, and I feel good about that. But I don't know a whole lot about money, or surgery, or politics, or math. I don't even know for sure that my essentially buddhist philosophy is absolutely true.
     But there is a feeling that is certain, and I think you have this too. You know the feeling of love, and of genuine connection. And you know the experience of being here, in all the mystery and complexity and uncertainty of it. You know the intense desire to go deep into relationship, and to share your talents, even if you're not sure that you know as much as you need to know in order to be wise.
     And you appreciate the humble admission that you don't know everything, or even all that much. But you love being curious, and learning, and sharing whatever you can do, with a love that overflows your heart.



Tuesday, December 15, 2015

COMFORT


We comfort each other. The gentlest kind of healing happens when we share the sweetness of seeing each other, being with each other, wishing each other well. Caring.
You are comforted when I allow you to be beautiful, and allow you to have your struggles without judging you or trying to fix you. And I am comforted when you appreciate me, when you understand what I am trying to say, when you share yourself with me.
We comfort each other, like the shoreline comforts the ocean, when the mountains comfort the sky, and when breathing in comforts breathing out.


Monday, November 30, 2015

RESPONSIBILITY

Sun and Saturn conjunct today in Sagittarius. Sun is yourself, and Saturn is responsibility and purpose. What am I responsible for? Choosing. Owning what is. Today is a reality check. Are you satisfied with your life?
Words write themselves, ideas come to mind, but today Saturn stops the flow. Saturn can feel difficult, pressure to get it right. Resistance or trying too hard?
What does responsibility mean? Exercising your authority. Owning your choices, remembering that you are the one who chooses!
It’s not about doing what you "should" be doing, or meeting anyone’s expectations. Saturn is about mastery of purpose, doing what you say you’re doing and knowing what you’re doing.
I am not responsible for you agreeing with me. I’m not responsible for you understanding me. I’m not responsible for entertaining you.
I am responsible for doing good astrology sessions. I am responsible for sharing my experience. I am responsible for loving without limit.
What does responsibility mean to you? What purposes have you chosen to commit to? I'd like you to always know you are doing your best-- fears, doubts, mistakes and all. Making a commitment to fully being yourself, in engaged relationships, and purposeful community participation. Making your contribution, with courage, perseverance, and joy.


Saturday, November 28, 2015

DIALOGUE

Life is a conversation. 
A dialogue between you and me, between yourself and your world, between inner you and outer you. Between you and your sense of God.
Full Moon today, Sagittarius Sun talking with Gemini Moon. Communication is intensified, speaking your heart to the important people in your life. And listening with your heart. 
The truest dialogue requires us to be vulnerable, and to really hear each other. We can get incredibly close when we communicate this way. 
Love is the conversation between our hearts.


Friday, November 13, 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

INNER LIGHT

     As the last of the golden leaves hit the ground, it's time to bring the beauty inside. It was a fabulous fall season, but we can't depend on what's outside for stimulation and comfort. Always, winter or summer, there is your inner light and your inner gorgeousness to sustain you. And when we share ourselves we nurture each other. And we honor nature by being authentically present in all the seasons.


Thursday, November 5, 2015

LET HEALING HAPPEN

We've all been working hard to heal in all the ways we can. We do practices and techniques. We consult with experts, we read. We have been learning a lot all year about what might be our problems, and how to stop struggling with them. We are ready to let go of our suffering.
And when you get it, when you realize that the biggest source of suffering comes from trying not to feel pain, then your true healing begins. In mindfulness, in acceptance of what seem like your flaws, the peace and completeness of healing occurs, and you are whole.
And you can enjoy your wholeness, and be at home in the weird and tender reality that is your life, and my life, and everyone's life.


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

GENTLE




     Lots of soft energy in the sky now. You can walk quietly, touch tenderly, speak with kindness. Sometimes the pressures and conflicts of life can get you feeling edgy, angry, stressed out. But for a while try being gentle with all of it. Calming down, you can feel the sweetness of the ordinary wonders around you. The sweet relationships, the beautiful ideas, your tender connection to nature, the ways that in your breathing in and out you are gently embraced by the universe.
     Of course it's good to be forceful, decisive and strong. To strive to reach your goals, and to courageously deal with challenges. It's also really good to take a break from effort, to balance action with listening. Being assertive is good, but unless you can let go and be gentle, you are controlled by your own assertiveness. For this week, go softly and feel the love.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

TELL THE TRUTH


     We're in the month of Scorpio. Deep emotional intensity. Getting real, especially when it's uncomfortable, even painful. You can try to be nice and get along, but the only truly secure place to be is in your truth. That is your true home. You can be diplomatic or withholding or manipulative, but the safest healthiest way to be with people is to tell the truth. And the best way to be with your own life is to be truthful about what you are experiencing, what you feel, what you think, what you know.
     Then you can go on FBook and write your truth to friends and total strangers. You can tell what you feel, what you think, what you believe, what you've done recently. Sharing your truth, you come together into a community of honesty and trust, and the world gets a little bit more real.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

DEMENTIA


     I'm in my seventh decade. Started to get concerned when forgetting things more often, like why I came into a room, or what that perfect word was that I wanted to say. So now that I have medicare insurance I decided to get tested for early alzheimer's or dementia. The test results said I have superior mental functioning, not a trace of dementia. My only problem was fear or anxiety about it.
     Isn't that a classic thing? Your worry about something wrong is the only thing that's actually wrong. A deep lesson here.


HEALING LOVE

      Some very rich and juicy astrology this week. 
     What stands in the way of full happiness in your love relationships? And how can you let go of your fears, your issues, your regrets, and come back to the love that is your true home. Love is what bonds us, love is what connects us. Love is what shines through your eyes into mine. What separates us is fear, shame, ego, resentment, judging and comparing. 
     Come back to your essential connection, and open to the love that starts in your heart and surrounds you always. Let some of the ways you hold back soften and let go. Trust love.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

BELIEFS

What do you believe? Can you describe your philosophy? Do you walk your talk? Do you know what your principles are, and are you committed to living true to them?
In my astrology practice, Saturn has moved into the sign Sagittarius.
Saturn is about mastery and purpose and responsibility. And Sagittarius is about philosophy and ideas and wisdom. 
We live our lives inside our beliefs. If you know what your beliefs are, you may be blessed with the ability go see beyond your ideas and expectations, and catch a glimpse of true wisdom.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

HUGS



Venus and Mars and Jupiter conjunct in the sky now. Give everyone you love an especially deep hug. It's a time for extra special love.


Friday, September 18, 2015

COOLING DOWN

     As summer in Minnesota winds down, the fun and pleasure of the warm season ends, and the first wisps of winter chill the nose, we get to refocus and redefine who we are and why we are here. When it gets cold in Minnesota, you had better know what you’re doing here, otherwise you feel kinda crazy. You had better know who you are and what your purpose is. If not, as winter slowly comes in, you will feel like and victim or a fool, as most of us do at times between November and March.
     Here’s my take when I reflect on why I’m here. Blessed to be alive and healthy, this body and this mind and even these emotions are dedicated to being of service.
Simply, I am here for you, my family, my relationships, my community, my clients. I’ve chosen to help  in the unusual exotic occupation of astrological counselor. It suits me, and for 27 years some folks have found talking with me useful, sometimes life-changing. And some folks simply like that I am here, consistently working to get clearer and to understand life more deeply, and available to talk things over.
    We all are here for each other. We resonate and respond and invite and provoke each other. We engage and learn who we are in dialogue with each other, and we see the incredible spiritual beauty in each others’ eyes. When you have has enough fun, and enough suffering, and worked through enough of your “issues”, and you know who you are, and have nothing left to prove to anybody, then you are here, connected to everyone and everything. In the flow of life, sharing what you’ve got, creating understanding and healing, being here with us. And staying warm, taking out your sweaters, and donating some of the ones you never wear to someone who could use them.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

WELCOME HOME


     When I was a child I was gentle, kinda spacey, with a big imagination. Many years later, I notice that I am still gentle, and spacey, and my imagination is still active, imagining world peace and enlightenment for all. Between childhood and now, losing self in the world, and gradually, painfully, recovering that self in fuller appreciation of my unique original character and qualities. My mom would say, "Oh yes, you sure are a character".
     You are born with your true nature already present. You try to adapt yourself to fit in, to be normal, to meet others' expectation and to win their love. You lose parts of yourself, sometimes even forgetting who you really are. You get absorbed in external life, an endearing actor in your own play, trying to earn good reviews from the critics.
     And then, when it becomes too uncomfortable to pretend, you awaken again, and embrace your real self. You come home to reality. Who you are is really here and always has been here, since you were born. And so you live going forward, present to yourself and those you love, comfortable and courageous, unique and original. Yourself. Welcome home.



Thursday, August 20, 2015

SERENITY

    Peace comes when I realize I can't have it my way. Letting go, peace is here in my inevitable breathing in and breathing out. Not very creative, or dramatic, or self-important , this breathing is a gift, unearned, simply given. Who gives the gift of peace? More important question is who receives it? 
     You can feel the presence of those in your life who have learned the secret of peace, the natural breathing in and out of all things.  The art of peace is in accepting, engaging, and effortlessly joining with what is really here. Maintaining a willingness to be with whatever shows up, to love and work with the world you live it. 
     There is a natural harmony, and you feel it in your bones. There is a simplicity and directness that clarifies your mind. There is great gentleness and beauty in nature and in the faces of children and friends and wise ones, that settles your heart and takes away troubles. And in your calm breathing, and in everything that you do, when you are touch with your own presence, there is peace. 
Sure, there is also excitement and passion and intention and self-expression and caring and commitment. But at the center of it all, if you are willing to be aware of it, is a deep and permanent peace.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HEALING WORDS

    Kindness falls like a gentle summer rain, nourishing the ground and bringing the bright sunshine that follows. Forgiveness flows
like the creek, full and fast after the rain. And love is here, in the rocks and trees and blue sky, and in your eyes and in your heart.            In your words, all the qualities of nature speak, all the spiritual qualities of kindness, understanding, encouragement, and commitment. The words you speak, and the conversations that follow, are creating a world between you and your loved ones. This world of talk, this world of words we share, is like another dimension of nature. We can make it sweet and flowing and bright,
or soothing and compassionate like the rain, or harsh and powerful like the thunder and lightning of a storm. Words can clear the air like the sunshine after rain. Or brings floods of hurt feelings, wounds like the broken branches from the howling winds of a summer deluge.
     You have some choice over the words you use, and the feelings and ideas behinds them. You are an artist of life, creating worlds of understanding, when you choose words that come from your heart,
when you speak truthfully, soulfully. When you speak from your deepest Being, you are a force of nature, and the words flow from you to those around you in harmony with the rocks, the creek, the sun, and the summer rain.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

ENDLESS LOVE

     From the first awareness of a world outside of you as a baby, there was love. As you connected with the faces and fuzzy toys and blades of grass and the breeze on your skin, love grew in you.
Touching the world, curling your baby hand around a grown-up finger, imitating a smiling parent, love surrounded you. 
     As you bonded with the people and things in your life, the flow of love shaped your life, as you gave your love into your world, and you moved toward what gave love back to you.
     We were born into an ocean of love. Love supporting us, carrying us to our fulfillment. Love deep inside sustaining us and encouraging us in times of doubt, fear, and powerlessness. Love pouring out of us into our children, our partners, our work, and our seeking for God and truth. Love coming toward us in friendship,
appreciation, the kind words and generous actions of the people in your life, and the beautiful songs of the birds in early morning.
     Love is the essence of who we are, the strongest most powerful presence in the world. And love is so subtle, so quiet and gentle, that we take it for granted, and get distracted by our worries, our judgements, or interest in what's lacking or what's wrong. But love is always here, endlessly opening to reveal itself, if you will open to embrace it.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

THE PURE LOVE THAT IS OUR HOME

     Most of us have at least one-- that difficult relationship that frustrates you, challenges you, baffles you, and puts you in touch with parts of yourself you don't like to deal with. Those kind of relationships always require you to look deeply, to feel deeply, into what the heck is really going on here. 
     Difficult person--have I forgotten that I freely choose to be in relationship with you? Perhaps our boundaries have gotten blurred. Am I struggling because I need you to like me, am I trying too hard to meet your expectations. Have I forgotten that I actually love you, and that you actually love me, but our stuff, our emotional needs, our egos have gotten in the way. I think there is something you are teaching me. I recognize that in trying to get closer with you I am learning a lot about myself.
     Healing in relationships begins when you outgrow your willingness to continue suffering with the same recurring patterns.
When you admit how much it hurts to be thwarted in sharing your
love, you can dig down deep into that love, and start to release the anger, blame, shame, fear and all the rest of it, that has been clogging up the plumbing of your heart. Let your love flow, and let that flow wash out the debris of past failures, losses, humiliations, and fears of rejection and abandonment. Let your love flow into the widening river of compassion and kindness, and enter the ocean of healing that awaits you. Here, your pain dissolves into
the pure love that is your true home.


Monday, August 10, 2015

YOU ARE AMAZING

Do you realize how amazing you are? You've got so much power running through your body and mind. You are able to feel the pain of people at war, and the bliss of newborn children. You solve problems every moment, and are responsible for the healing of the world, yet you can laugh at funny kitten videos, and thrill to the pleasure of a great restaurant meal. You imagine a world at peace, and your vision makes space for people to feel understood and loved. You carry your whole history within your mind and are constantly refining and healing yourself.
Have you noticed lately how incredibly amazing the universe beyond you is? The sky, the trees, the stars, the galaxies in infinite space. The awesome universe that gave birth to you, and all of us.
As the New Moon in Leo approaches, take some time to deeply appreciate the wonder of who you are. And really get into the relationship between your awesomeness and the absolute mysterious mind-blowing amazingness of the universe that is your home.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

YOUR LIGHT

     Today, the sun begins its month long journey in the sign Leo. There's a place in all of us that wants to shine, that is always shining, if only we will let the radiance come forth. Enough of modesty, enough of care-taking, enough of Minnesota nice. Leo is the energy of pure self-expression. I've got a story to tell and I want to share it with you. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. I've got a voice that wants to be heard, a song that must be sung. I want you to know who I am.
     Leo is the act of expressing your real self. It is basic honesty, combined with the radiant energy of the sun in mid-summer.
Leo is when your ego is so strong that it becomes the vehicle for expressing and communicating your Soul. Sharing your light, bringing your light into the world, your are pure raw creativity. Your light, your voice warms the world, encourages good things to grow, and brings the uniqueness of your creative perspective into form. All of us have Leo somewhere in our astro chart, not only those with sunsign Leo, born July 22-Aug 21. Now, this whole month, all of you are invited to get past your inhibitions, your fears that you are too much for people, your embarrassment that you have so much to say, You are invited to go for it, to let 'er rip, to stand up on the stage of your life and let your light shine. Just be your natural radiant self.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

BASIC GOODNESS

    Sun moves into Leo July 22.
     In times of change and tension between what was and what is and what will be, it's a good idea  to get in touch with what doesn't change. For instance, your breathing has been with you since your first breath, and is here with you until your last. The sun, moon, sky and ground have been here all along, and probably will continue to be here. The feeling of love, the aspiration to be happy and good and enlightened, that inner state of purity and self-awareness, these are consistently present in you.
     So, when troubles rile the waters of your mind, when fears or angers erupt in your belly, when confusion erodes the clarity of your awareness, and you think "what the hell is going on?", it's time to remember, to come back to yourself, to feel the life force pulsing in your body, and to let your emotions flow until joy, courage, peace, and love surround you and support you. It's time, again, to surrender the battle, and to let the evolving forces of life express their beauty and wonder. You don't have to worry about it, if you trust the natural goodness of the unchanging (yet ever-changing) power of the universe which we live in, and which lives in us, as us. Sun in Leo reminds you to trust the essential goodness of life, the basic goodness of your Self.


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

WE BREATHE THE SAME AIR

   We are connected. We breathe the same air. We think of each other constantly. We watch the same Full Moon slide down the mountain into the sea. We are active characters in each others' dreams. We may feel isolated sometimes, but we cannot escape our connection. We may have good boundaries, or foggy boundaries, or no boundaries, but we are connected in subtle intimate ways. We compare ourselves to each other, and try to imagine how each other feels, or what each other wants, or how we can make each other happy. We love or dislike or fear or are comfortable with each other, we learn about ourselves from our connection to each other.
We want to communicate, to have conversations, to get closer by telling the truth to each other. We take chances with honest sharing, and sometimes we shut down to avoid conflict or unpleasantness. Sometimes we pretend each other doesn't exist, when it's difficult to handle our differences. Sometimes we are so preoccupied with ourselves, so fascinated with the problem of Me, that we don't feel the connectedness that is always here. Then things get weird and sad. Life only makes sense when we are in touch with each other, and we feel the peace and wholeness of our togetherness.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

FULL MOON WEDNESDAY

     FULL MOON WEDNESDAY
     Sun in Cancer, Moon opposite in Capricorn.

     It's a mystery. How do we feel the whole world, and still live our lives? When the moon is full, feelings overflow. The cool inner light of the soul bathes the night with dreams. 
When the sun wakes up after a full moon night, it is groggy with feelings, and filled with the enduring love of the soulmate moon.
If you want to make sense of this full moon day, you'd better just feel it in your belly. And then let the meaning find its way up to your heart.



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

THANK YOU

      In the midst of the trials and tribulations, the losses and the suffering in the world, I am feeling gratitude. 
     So I want to say thank you. To everyone who has given me the privilege of doing astrology with you over the last 25 years, deep thanks from my heart to yours. To you who have trusted me to share your times of transformation, you who have let me offer perspective on the hard choices you've had to make, and you who once, or repeatedly, gave me the chance to encourage you, to remind you the you are splendid, and able, and that you are not crazy. Above all, the experience of sharing deeply and getting to know who really are, has been my greatest joy.
     It is humbling and wonderful to find a calling that satisfies one's need to serve, and to use one's unique abilities. Astrology, especially one on one consultations, has been a gift from the universe, to me. And I am grateful to have been of some usefulness to you who have been "clients" over the years. And I want you to know that I intend to continue to doing this for another twenty five years, God willing. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

FIND THE WORDS

     Sun-Moon- and Mars conjunct in Gemini for Tuesday's New Moon. Plenty of concentrated communication energy. Focus on your message and put it out there, with skill, passion, and creative genius. Tell your amazing story, find the words, or let the intelligence of the universe speak through you. How do we know what's going on with you if you don't tell us?

Thursday, June 11, 2015

ALLOW


In early summer, the green fullness of nature begins to express itself. All things allow nature to flow in them and through them, and Life expresses itself in all the myriad forms.

You are truly healthy when you allow nature to flow in you, and to flow through you to express your unique natural qualities. The key to healing is to allow and appreciate the way your body moves, the way your voice sounds when you express your love, the flow of your unusual mind, the valuable ways you engage and participate in relationships and community. Just allow your sweet wonderfulness to blossom, and let the fragrance of the divine flow through your life.

Powerful energies of transformation and change are active in the astrological sky now. The best way to respond to these energies is to allow them to flow in you and through you, all them to express in your life, to the extent that you feel them and sense them. Respond to the power of the present moment by opening and allowing, and you will grow and be transformed into an even fuller expression of who you really are. Empowered. Liberated. Fulfilled and ready to rock n' roll.



Wednesday, June 3, 2015

HERE TO LEARN

     Sun in Gemini this months is a reminder that every minute we are learning. When you are aware of being alive, and being related to everyone and everything, you are constantly learning. Experience
is the opportunity to become more and more conscious of your life.
The older I get, the clearer it becomes that learning is endless. The universe reveals more and more of itself the longer I am here. More of mySelf is revealed, more of all of yourSelves, and more insight and understanding of the connections among and between us. At the same time the Oneness is more powerful, and the individual uniqueness and brilliance of each of us shimmers and is deeply felt.
     So much learning, most of it beyond the mind's concepts and theories. Learning to be present, learning to let go of ego from time to time, learning to forgive, and learning to accept. We are still in school, in the graduate program called Life.

Monday, June 1, 2015

WISDOM FULL MOON


     Tuesday the Moon and Sun line up face-to-face. Sun in Gemini, Moon in Sagittarius. Sun shares its light with receptive Moon, who gathers in the light and fully reflects it back and out to the whole earth. It's the story of our dialogue with each other, sharing what wisdom we have, and reflecting that wisdom back to each other. The ongoing endless dialogue: who are we, why are we here, and that are we doing with each other. This Full Moon invites you to share your wisdom, and to fully respond to everyone else's sharing. To humbly speak your truth, and to receive others' truth with gratitude and appreciation. 



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

PRESENCE

    We are here for each other. The energy of our presence radiates through each of us. You may feel alone sometimes, but you are never really alone. We sit in a a pool of collective presence, like the light from a billion ripe full moons. The reflections of each others' light make the forms of this world. 
     We are here with each other. We witness each others' talents and joys and successes, and empathize with each others' suffering.
You are part of a feeling responding collective human heart, and you feel every heartbeat and the spaces between every heartbeat.
You breathe the living breath of all humanity, breathing in all the
cares of the planetary community, and breathing out hope and love. Your breath renews the world. Your wisdom helps to bring peace. When you understand me, I am more able to understand you. Your action, how you move in the world, is integral
to the transformation and liberation of our life here together.
Your presence lights up the planet.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

YOUR CALLING

    Trumpets are blowing an elegant fanfare. Drums are beating,
cymbals crashing. And here you come in the full radiance of your true nature. And you put on the robes and the crown of your calling, and you go forth where your calling takes you and do what you are called to do. Your vow is to follow you heart. Your calling is to be yourself completely, and do what you love. Another day begins, a new day, and the road that your calling takes you on is illuminated brighter and brighter. 
     It may not have a name. You just feel it in your gut, in your heart, in your whole being. There are certain things that are so important to you that you've absolutely got to do them. Qualities in you, energies and talents that insist on being expressed. And if fear or practical considerations hold you back, you feel pain, stress, even despair. The highway of your calling is crowded with stalled cars and crazy drivers. There's a guy racing you, passing you in the slow lane on your right. There's a really slow truck in front of you. And the car that was signaling a left turn just turned right. 
     Many twists and turns on the road to fulfillment. When the call to serve comes, you must answer. Your cell phone is sounding an elegant, insistent fanfare. The voice on the other end is your own soul calling you to come home to your true work, no matter what it takes. Calling you to realize that you are always doing your true work. Because you ARE your calling. Your calling is you.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

LET'S TALK

     Sun has moved into Gemini, as it does every year May 21 to June 21. The sign Gemini is a celebration of the miracle of human communication, the amazing ability to have perceptions, to form thoughts in your mind, and to express your experience in language. Gemini is the mental clarity that gives names to awareness, and compares and analyzes, and looks at how each thing is related. Gemini wants to make connections, between concepts, and between people. Gemini is the network of conversations and agreements that is the fabric of community. And Gemini is the energy of Facebook, all social media, and the Internet itself.
     When Gemini is highlighted in our astrology charts as it is this month, the invitation is to sit down and talk. And the challenge is to really communicate, to speak what's in your heart, and to open up a dialogue where both you and I are learning something about each other. We don't want to keep having the same conversations over and over, or pontificate or lecture. We can go to the creative edge of our language and find new words, new thoughts to describe what we're seeing, feeling, knowing.
     The art of Gemini comes from the ability to ask the right questions, both in conversations and in your own private inquiries. 
What do you want to know? What are the most passionate questions you want to ask of life, or of those closest to you? What ideas of yours will make the greatest contribution to your community?
     In the spiritual practice of self-inquiry you ask "Who am I?", and ponder who is it that is asking this question and observing the answers that come. These are questions that take you deeper into yourself. In relationship counseling, powerful questions are "tell me what's bothering you", or "how do you feel about me?". Walking in nature you might say to a tree "how does it feel to be a tree?" In prayer or meditation we might inquire "God, are you really there, and if you are, do you have a message for me?" The sacred dance of Gemini is to ask your questions with your whole heart. And then to listen, deeply, fully, with every fiber of your Being.