Vol.20, # 4
I think a bite of humble pie every now and then is a healthy thing. I think we take our arrogance out into the world and use it like a shield. A little humility goes a long way. And cultivating the art of listening goes with it.
Two of the books reviewed in this issue are from writers in the writing groups. Congrats to them!
Remember gratitude. This whole life is a gift, given for your growth and experience. Be grateful you have it!
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I do not concern myself with gods and spirits either good or evil nor do I serve any. Lao Tzu.
Fall 2016 Astrology Column
October begins with a flow of spiritual opportunity. Pluto is still stationing until the 4th, so the depth of Pluto stays with us. On the 7th, the ‘balance of power’ draws our attention and on the 12th the Moon and Neptune suggest a deepening of one’s spiritual beliefs. The Full Moon on the 15th at 10:23pm/MDT brings a deeper look into life, and changing what’s not working. Adventures and intensities beckon on the 18th and 19th and we enter Scorpio on the 22nd. Personal insight on the 27th and erratic energy on the 25th. Pay attention. On the 30th, we have a New Moon at 11:38AM/MDT: freedom of expression and a push to be more trusting. Small trusts lead to trusting in larger venues.
November begins with Standard Time starting on the 6th. The Full Moon comes on the 14th at 6:52AM/MST. Cultivating clarity is very important now with this Full Moon and Neptune stationing from the 14th-25th. If something isn’t obvious, inquire. Mercury enters its shadow of the next Retrograde (Rx) cycle on the 22nd. Thanksgiving Day on the 24th brings Jupiter square Pluto…power struggles possible over life philosophies. Agree to disagree. The New Moon on the 29th at 5:18AM/MST asks for concentration and focus. Insights and a sense of stability ensue. I notice in this New Moon chart that all the planets are within a 184degree bowl, one-half of the 360 deg. wheel with Jupiter and Uranus on either end. A ‘scoop’ of opportunity and expansion as we move nearer the New Year.
December begins with Mars trine Jupiter on the 1st. An abundance of energy to focus wherever
you need to. Freedom day on the 11th. The Full Moon on the 13th at 5:05PM/MST brings a Grand Trine in Air with Moon, Mars and Jupiter. Communications are easy, ideas flow, trust your feelings. On the 21st, the Winter Solstice arrives at 3:45AM/MST, asking for a balance between status quo and exploring new options. On Christmas Day, Venus trines Jupiter and we have a day of grace and enjoyment, just don’t overdo it. Challenges on the 26th. And Uranus is stationing from Dec.27-Jan.2: expect unexpected situations to occur. The New Moon on the 28th at 11:53PM/MST brings new goals, a sense of destiny, and a willingness to put out effort to make things happen. We end the year with Uranus turning Direct on the 29th, and that part of us that hears the beat of a different drummer is louder for a bit now. New Year’s Eve has Mars conjunct Neptune bringing an evening of deepening into gratitude and spirit. Happy New Year!!!
Full Moon Oct 15 11:23PM/MDT
New Moon Oct 30 11:38AM/MDT
Full Moon Nov 14 6:52AM/MST
Mercury enters its shadow Nov 22
New Moon Nov 29 5:18AM/MST
Full Moon Dec 13 5:05PM/MST
Mercury turns Rx Dec 19 3:55AM/MST
Winter Solstice Dec 21 3:45AM/MST
New Moon Dec 28 11:53PM/MST
Enters shadow Nov.22
Rx Dec 19 Direct Jan.7, 2017
Fall 2016 Book Reviews
under the paps
water seeps from the dark soil
as i place my foot upon the green grass of ireland.
with each step
my grandmothers' tears welcome me home.
the echo of their love
reaches me through a tornado of time,
and invokes a blessing
that falls around me like moonlight.
Time Trials by Terry Lee. Eight women forge friendships from dorm life their freshmen year of college. They dub themselves the Bad Ass Girls even though most of them aren't. They vow to be friends forever. This is the story of their journeys through 40 plus years of life individually and together until they become Bad Ass Golden Girls.
Written with great insight we are privy to their personalities, foibles, successes, growth, marriages and divorces. We get to see how a group of such diverse people manage friendship throughout the ups and downs of life with acceptance, love, honesty and support for each other under various circumstances including humorous and poignant ones.
Due to the author's research we also get a cultural history lesson as we walk down memory lane over these decades. Well written and heart warming, this book prompted a look back at my own life even though I'm a few years older than the BAGS. Guest Reviewer: Kate Guilford
Psoriasis Free And Clear: Using Food And Positive Energy To Heal Your Skin by Marjy Berkman. "Marjy Berkman has a beautifully written, practical solution to an all too common health concern. In this book she offers dietary, herbal and emotional techniques to being relief. Follow this insightful program and get free of psoriasis, without drugs, and achieve deeper health on all levels!"Brigitte Mars is an author of
The Country Almanac of Home Remedies and The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine. http://www.brigittemars.com/ (From the back cover)
“Life-changing events can be very dramatic and, by their very nature, disruptive. Your whole being is headed in one direction physically, emotionally, and mentally; and that direction has all the momentum of your past and all the dreams of your future. Then suddenly, there’s a major earthquake, a terrible sickness, or a chance encounter that totally sweeps you off your feet. If the event is powerful enough to change the focus of your heart and mind, the rest of your life will change in due course. You are literally not the same person on both sides of a truly life-changing event. Your interest change, your goals change, in fact, the underlying purpose of your life changes. It usually takes a very powerful event to turn your head around so far that you never look back.” The Surrender Experiment by Michael A. Singer HarmonyBooks.com
The Beach House by Georgia Bockoven. The beach house is a vacation spot for several families for a month each summer. A tragedy has befallen the owner and she comes to the house early to have some time by the ocean to sort out her life. Her decision to sell the house means that this will be he last summer for each of the people coming there, who have used this beach house as a vacation destination for years. A heartfelt mix of gains and losses, re-awakenings of the heart, and courage for a new future. Loved this. ISBN978-157-490-1788.
The All You Can Dream Buffet by Barbara O’Neal. Four food bloggers decide to gather on the lavender farm of one of them, in Oregon. From the first few pages, I knew I would love this book. We follow the lives and the challenges of these four women, from their cake, food or wine blogs, emails from their readers, and finally meeting in person on the lavender farm. Am definitely going to read more of this author! ISBN 978-0-345-53686-0.
Where Life Flourishes: Poems by Ann Griffin. Ann brings a lyrical easy voice to day-to-day life and calls us to see it through her eyes. She challenges us with references to a larger Universe, science and a love for the earth. Simply, a beautiful collection. ISBN978-0-9846871-1-4.Available: email@example.com.
Powerful Prayers for a Peaceful Pregnancy: The Expectant Mother’s Guide to Spiritual Well-Being and the Sacred Feminine by Marcella J. Lively, M.A. Marcella has created a beautiful work for the pregnancy and birth time of a woman’s life. From prayers of gratitude and introduction, to welcoming the new baby, it’s a very nice read for the pregnant woman and new mother. ISBN 978-1495457807. Available: Amazon.
The Garden of Letters by Alyson Richman. Her story is seamless and her words are lyrical on the page. I marveled, as a writer, how her use of words created an imagery that stayed with me. Her words are generous yet thoughtful. The story begins with Elodie as she seeks harbor in Portofino, Italy. An older man whom she doesn’t know, steps forward from the crowd. calling her cousin, The German officers inspecting her papers let her pass. So begins the story of Portofino and earlier in Verona, in Elodie’s childhood, and Angelo who has just given her shelter. A moving story. An excellent novel.
The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery by Sophie Hannah. Dedicated to Agatha Christie, this novel takes you back again into the world of this brilliant Belgian detective. His thinking and deductive acumen are just as we remember, along with his eccentricities. The author has meticulously picked up where Agatha left off. We follow the young British detective who has befriended Poirot and invites him to a hotel murder scene. The similarities of the three murder victims takes them by surprise. Yet Poirot pulls it out at the end. And Hercule would be proud of this author for giving him life again in his dapper fashion! ISBN978-0-06-229721-1.
Smooth mound my lips
slowly form over
and move around.
into my mouth, slip
down my throat, find a completeness
in the arch of my foot.
How can ice cream take away
the cares of the world,
a broken heart,
a long-ago sadness
and give a timeless
a band-aid for wherever
the hurt landed.
The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee. Portia thinks in food when she wakes and is overtaken with a food item or an entire meal plan in her mind. She dreads her gift. She knows that someone will show up that day and that that item or menu is relative to them. This book is a love story, a recipe for life, a heartfelt look at choices and the people in our lives. I enjoyed this book so much, I went and found an earlier book by the author, Emily and Einstein, and am loving this almost more. ISBN978-1-250-04963-6.
Welcome Dear Child
My precious baby,
now I can see your beautiful face
and hold you in my arms.
I love you so very much.
We love you so very much.
I know that getting born can be pretty hard,
but you are here now and you are safe with us.
We are your new family and
we will take very good care of you.
Even though you are tiny in form,
we know you are big in Spirit.
We honor you ad welcome you to this world.
We ask Spirit to bless you now,
and we ask the angels to come close now
and surround you with love.
You, dear child, are so very, very loved.
Marcella J. Lively, M.A.
I have two Journals on the market right now. Spirit Journal: A Guide to Self-Reflection and Herbal Journal: A Contemplative Guide for Herbalists.
They are both to be written in and enjoyed.
Coming soon: Bird Journal: A Guided Journal for Tweenies.
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I ask for the blessings of my ancestors,
that their grace
and their hopes and dreams
rest upon my heart
to carry into the future,
so that they continue
in my dream of life.
“Behind each face there is a unique world that no one else can see. This is the mystery of individuality. The shape of each soul is different. No one else feels your life the way you do. No one else sees or hears the world as you do. The creation of the individual is a divine masterpiece.” John O’Donohe from To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings.
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