Summer 2017 Starshine News
Vol.21, # 3
Standing in our authenticity and allowing a larger conversation to come through us is so needed now. Recently, women and their families, have taken to the streets to show public solidarity for their view of a possible world. Their voices must continue until the world reflects this vision.
The Golden Age of Aquarius is hundreds of years in the future yet we must all start in the here and now to lay the foundation for those who will continue the work to create an equal and thriving world.
I will be sharing my slide show of photos of Ireland in July, locally. (See inside for details.) Afterwards, I will put them up on YouTube for everyone to view. I will send out a link to the site.
We have a Total New Moon Solar Eclipse on Aug.21at 12:30 PM/MDT. The northern states of OR, WY, ID, NE, the NE corner of KS, MO, southern IL, KY, TN, NE part of GA, and the Carolinas. This is the first totality we have had in 38 years. Find a place to see it if you can.
Take a few deep breaths. Imagine yourself on a beach; the sun is bright but mild; the sand warm under your feet; the blue waves crash in front of you. With each receding tide, release your tensions, your worries, your unsurenesses. The Great Mother Ocean relieves you of the burdens you carry. Breathe deeply and relax.
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Summer 2017 Book Reviews
The Glass Painter’s Daughter by Rachel Hore. Angels and loss, past secrets affecting the present, a seeing true to the heart all make a very good story set in contemporary England, with a journal that takes her back to the Victorian era. As our heroine navigates the circumstances around her father’s stained-glass shop and his health, the man who works for him, her return after many years away, and how she puts the new pieces of her life together make for a very enjoyable read!
Songs of Love and War by Santa Montefiore. I’ve loved this author’s previous novels and found this book marked down in a small book shop in Ireland. The story begins in Ireland in the early 1900s and follows the people on the main estate, the town and the push for Home Rule at the beginning of WWI. The gentry and the common people who serve them carry the story forward. A story of love, loss, family, war and friendship. Some Irish history in novel form. Loved it!
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear is the first fictional story in a fabulous series that begins
in pre- WWI in England. She is a young teen put into household service where Lady Rowan
Compton catches her reading in the library in the wee hours of the morning. Maisie is taken
under her mistress’s wing, schooled and becomes, eventually, an intuitive investigator using her
psychological skills. There are 14 books in this series. I urge you to start at this beginning of this
well-written and researched series that presently takes place in WWII. Her books are I-must-
stay-up-and-finish-one-more-chapter-and-then-one-more, etc. (Guest Reviewer: Arlene S. Bice.)
Signs of Life by Valerie Szarek. CIPA EVVY Merit Award and Finalist Award for the Colorado Authors’ League. Her poetry takes you into the ceremony of our inner lives. Enjoyed her work. Available on Amazon.
“If something burns your soul with purpose and desire, it’s your duty to be reduced to ashes by it.” Charles Bukowski
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women
Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. Non-fiction. The
movie has been out for a while, but the book is so much more. As a movie cannot do, the book
delves into the backstories of the women involved, what it took to get them to the space program,
where the term computers comes from, and more. Finally, stories of women’s history are more attainable. (Guest Reviewer: Arlene S. Bice)
Leaves in My Hair: Insights and Poems Along the Way by Nancy Schluntz. Using Nature and the animal kingdom, Nancy suggests these are guideposts
Shark Dialogues by Kianna Davenport. Want to know Hawai'i? Read this book! This is my third time reading it over the years, this time while visiting many places mentioned in the novel. It's a voluptuous while brutal truth-telling about the indigenous people and land, sharks and coffee, pineapple and magic, royalty and exploited immigrants. All is woven together within a lineage of strong women, each strong and wounded in her own way. The matriarch, Pono, transforms through the trials and choices she makes in where to put her love and how to reveal her pain. (Guest Reviewer: Terra Rafael)
Lavender Fields: Love Poems by Linda Holbrook. Linda brings all of who she is to her poetry… lyricism, adventure, and her photographic eye through words and images. Well done. An excellent compilation on love. Available on Amazon.
of the soul’s journey. Available on Amazon. Loved it.
Sacred Journeys: Soul Retrieval and Healing Work through Shamanic Journeying.
Sunday, July 16, 1-4PM. Basic Journey experience required.
When we experience deep emotional and physical situations in life, sometimes we lose pieces of ourselves. It is important that we receive those pieces back to fill ourselves and become more whole.
Soul Retrieval: This is a journey embarked upon by the shaman to find lost soul pieces. In order to be whole wherever we stand on the planet, it is wise to have as much of ourselves available to us at any given time. The pieces that are retrieved are blown into the client in a traditional way.
When these pieces are returned and integrated, there is usually a marked change in the person’s life. Surgery, loss of a loved one, illness, and injury can create soul loss, as does divorce, abuse, etc.
Contact: Jyoti. 303.541-9106. firstname.lastname@example.org
An Ancient Stone Portal
The winds howled as we trudged across the green, lush pasture. The farmer had been called ahead for permission to enter his land and requested to move the cows and their calves to another field.
We circled the massive stones at Eightecue (pronounced Ek-tik-car) high on the hill, the standing stones raising up 12’ into the windy, stormy sky.
Entering the circle, one by one, holding our rain hoods against what felt like a gale, each of us touched the stones, feeling the energy buzzing through them.
Gathering into a circle, we were invited to name ourselves as to who we really were.
“I am the woman who is whole and free.”
“I am a priestess and serve my people.”
“I am fierce and stand in my Truth no matter what.”
We all stood in our Truth with the massive stones singing around us as women had stood for centuries, feet firmly planted, heart open, naming our essence.
This experience was one of the main highlights in the Ireland Tour this Spring. We circled and sang songs of the Goddess, of the Divine Feminine, of the Earth Mother in her many shapes and faces in stone circles, and at holi wells. Ancient lineages parted the portals for us to glimpse ourselves and our heritage, and how the ancient sisterhood calls to us now in these times.
I thank all those angels and beings who help me.
I thank those who came before me,
parents, siblings, grandparents,
in search of a new life.
I thank my family now,
my children, nephew, grandchildren,
I thank my friends, my clients,
all those who pray for me
and care for me.
You have made my life
what it is,
and I am so grateful.
Drop by Drop
Some things we love
beyond all that we are,
and it may be so much
that we become that we love;
these things seep inside
drop by drop,
until we are willingly
these thing we love
as if we were born for it,
unable as we are to not love
these new parts of ourselves.
the core of me,
while I heal,
while I grow.
I could chew this quiet
drink a cup of rain
pull up the moon shadows
like a blanket
slide my back down the bed
of O’Keefe’s mountain
could pull on this
an adobe-colored dress
red cactus flower ribbons
spilling over my shoulders
these agave gloves could
shape my fingers
expand my veins into
furrow my flesh
into a buffalo hide
I could drop my worn soles
into the ground
breathe the land in
through these unwrapped feet
the cedar flutes
of the ancestors
the blue door to my heart.
Valerie A. Szarek
Ireland Slide Show
July 11, 7-8:30 PM
Mountain View Methodist Church
Come enjoy the pictures of Ireland.
Holi wells, Standing Stones, Stone Circles
From Brigid’s Well to Innisfallen Isle,
from Dingle Town to Galway,
Ireland is always welcoming, green and magical.
2635 Mapleton Ave.#9
Boulder, CO 80304