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Fall 2022 Starshine News

Starshine News

Vol.26, #4

Fall 2022

Dear Friends,

Some days, life feels like pure grace. The opportunities to work through our stuff, to even see it, and then take that energy to change our minds and our perspectives, is a gift. How fortunate when we can see the lessons we came to learn and not be so caught up in them that we’re asleep to the larger picture.

Those days, when they come, are like gifts from the larger being that we are. They give hope to the day-to-day livingness of life on Earth. The buoy our spirits and lift our hearts.

As we enter this next season, with holidays and celebrations, celebrate yourself and your courage to be here during these times of intense change. Celebrate each other for your collective willingness to be the mirrors for each other’s growth. Celebrate your life!

Be well, Jyoti

Fall Meditation

Sit quietly. Take a few breaths in and out. Nice deep breath in, receiving what is for your highest good. Long breath out, releasing doubts and fears. Repeat.

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Fall 2022 Astrology Column

October begins with Pluto stationing on the 1st (until the 17th) and Mercury turning Direct on the 2nd at 3:07AM/MDT. We are off and running. Where is up to you to decide. This first half of the month is potentially transformative. Decisions that have been waiting to be set in motion, are now moving forward. Our vision is deeper on the 6th. Pluto turns Direct on the 8th at 3:56PM/MDT and we all have tremendous opportunities for deep change. The Full Moon on the 9th at 2:55PM/MDT says emotional healing is possible. Be willing to change your view point. Things ae not always what they seem. Stability on the 11th, sense of trust on the 13th, and energy to make things happen on the 17th as Mercury catches up and moves on.. Creativity flows on the 18th, questions of power on the 19th, and Saturn is stationing Direct the 20-26th, bringing perseverance and goal orientation back to you. The Solar Eclipse on the 25th at 4:49PM/MDT brings highly creative energy. Be willing to see more deeply. Misunderstandings on the 27th perhaps. Mars turns Retrograde (Rx) on the 30th at 7:26AM/MDT and influences the 30th and 31st. Your dreaming takes you inside.

November begins with freedom needs on the 5th. The Lunar Full Moon Eclipse on the 8th at 4:02AM/MST brings a need to speak your truth and to harness energy when you can. Unexpected occurrences on the 9th, pushing past self-limitations on the 11th, easier sense of things on the 14th-16th. Sun trines Jupiter on the 20th and a sense of ease and flow comes in. The New Moon on the 23rd at 3:57PM/MST may bring challenges in relationships. Remember the power of ideas that can transform consciousness. Healing opportunities on Thanksgiving Day. Lots of energy for writing, speaking and artistic endeavors for the rest of November.

December begins with Neptune turning Direct on the 3rd and we begin to outwardly express our spiritual beliefs. The Full Moon on the 7th at 9:08PM/MST asks ‘who are you now?’ What’s changing? Do you trust that you know what you know? On the 12th, Mercury enters its shadow of its next Rx cycle. Rethinking options on the 14th. The Winter Solstice on the 21st at 2:48PM/MST sets up the next quarter of the year and asks us to pay attention to your own intuitions and freedoms. Don’t get caught up in other peoples’ movies. The New Moon on the 23rd at 3:17AM/MST says nurture yourself. Let the old fall away with this year’s ending. Look deeper and take gratitude with you into 2023. Mercury turns Rx on the 29th at 2:32AM/MST and we enter the new year in an introspective manner. Take your power on New Year’s Eve! Happy Winter.

Mercury turns Direct Oct 2 3:27AM/MDT

Full Moon Oct.9 2:55PM/MDT

New Moon Solar Eclipse Oct 25 4:49AM/MDT

Lunar Full Moon Eclipse Nov 8 4:02AM/MST

New Moon Nov 23 3:57PM/MST

Full Moon Dec 7 9:08PM/MST

Winter Solstice Dec 21 2:48PM/MST

New Moon Dec 23 3:17AM/MST

Mercury turns Rs Dec 29 2:32AM/MST

Fall 2022 Book Reviews

Medieval scholar and fantast J. R. R. Tolkien, (whose mythopoeic works are our great modern guides to the indigenous mind of Europe) clearly had such a distinction in mind when he explained to C. S. Lewis:

”You look at trees, he said, and called them ‘trees’, and probably you do not think twice about the word. You call a star a ‘star’, and think nothing more of it. But you must remember that these words, ‘tree’, ‘star’, were (in their original forms) names given to these objects by people with very different views from yours. To you, a tree is simply a vegetable organism, and a star simply a ball of inanimate matter moving along a mathematical course. But the first men to talk of ‘trees’ and ‘stars’ saw things very differently. To them, the world was alive with mythological beings. They saw the stars as living silver, bursting into flame in answer to the eternal music. They saw the sky as a jeweled tent, and the earth as the womb whence all living things have come. To them, the whole of creation was ‘myth-woven and elf patterned’ “(Carpenter, 1979: 43).



My DNA results came in.

Just as I suspected,

my great great grandfather

was a monarch butterfly.

Much of who I am is still

wriggling under a stone.

I am part larva, but

part hummingbird too.

There is dinosaur tar in

my bone marrow.

My golden hair sprang out

of a meadow in Palestine.

Genghis Khan is my fourth cousin,

but I didn't get his dimples.

My loins are loaded with

banyan seeds from Sri Lanka,

but I descended from Ravanna,

not Ram.

My uncle is a mastodon.

There are traces of white people

in my saliva.

3.7 billion years ago I swirled

in hydrogen dust,

dreaming of a planet overgrown

with lingams and yonis.

More recently, say 60,000 B.C.

I walked on hairy paws

across a land bridge

joining Sweden to Botswana.

I am the bastard of the sun and moon.

I can no longer hide my heritage of

raindrops and cougar scat.

My mud was molded with your grandmother's tears.

I was the brother

who marched you to the sea

and sold you.

I was the merchant from Savannah

and the cargo of blackness.

I was the chain.

Admit it, you have wings,

vast and crystal,

like mine, like mine.

You have sweat, dark and salty,

like mine, like mine.

You have secrets silently

singing in your blood,

like mine, like mine.

Don't pretend that earth

is not one family.

Don't pretend we never hung

from the same branch.

Don't pretend we do not ripen

on each other's breath.

Don't pretend we didn't

come here to forgive.

by Fred LaMotte

What Happened to the Bennetts? By Lisa Scottoline. Jason Bennett, on a backroad with his family, encounter two men with guns. He goes through a tragedy, FBI Witness Protection Plan, and comes to a realization that this is something he has to work out for himself. A page turner. Loved it. Hadn’t read her for a while and realized how much I missed her stories.

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray tells the story of

Belle da Costa Greene who built the world-class collection of rare manuscripts, books, and art

for J.P. Morgan’s Pierpont Morgan Library in NYC. She became a high society, powerful person

never revealing herself as Afro-American, daughter of Harvard’s first Black graduate. Marie

Benedict is known for the deep research of her subjects. Arlene S. Bice, author of Running with

the Horses, A Memoir of Travel, Racetracks, & Food.


How do we slide into home base?

Have we been integritous with our intentions?

Did we plant seeds worth the water, air

And sunshine.

Did we sprinkle opportunities for love

And growth and generosity in our lives?

Did we rise to the occasions, when presented,

That would give our soul

A bit of a shine

Where some spiritual older sibling might say,

“well done.”

Did we be true to ourselves

As much as we could?

This is my inquiry.

Jyoti Wind

The Rising Tide by Ann Cleeves. The author’s latest book following Vera Stanhope. A group of people meet every five years for a school reunion, just them on Holy Island. One dies, made to look like suicide and suddenly Vera is curious about the death at the first reunion that was ruled an accident. Love the series and the books.

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware. Rowan applies for a nanny job in Scotland, outside of small town, near the moors. Nothing is as it seems as she attempts to navigate the Smart house full of technologies. Her second day, she is left by her hosts with three children and a young handyman. Things do go bump in the night, unexplained noises and creeks, unexplained leave-takings of the past four nannies and a weird encounter with the father of the three girls. Twists and turns are expected in Ware’s tale and this one does not disappoint. Well done to the final page.

The Night Singer by Johanna Mo. The Island Murders Book 1. Police Detective Hannah Dunker returns to Oland after years of working in the city, where she fled when her father was accused of murder. Now she is being hired by the local police force. A young person’s death sends her into her past and well as trying to solve the present crime. Twists and turns. Translated from Swedish to English. Enjoyed this!

The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney. This murder/mystery novel is set in Canada in 1867 in the middle of winter. The story and character development were intriguing and I warmed up to the author ‘s style very quickly. The hardships endured by the early settlers, the relationships between the native peoples and intruding French and English folk, the history of fur trading, the description of the changing and challenging landscape and all who live in it, came together for an enjoyable read. Review by Annette Price.

The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark. What a surprise! I so enjoyed this book. Tales of grift and many identities. The con! What a con! We follow Meg through her preparation. We find Kat, a journalist, watching and waiting, trying to heal her own wounds. The unexpected turns. I was fascinated with the possibilities of how people buy into things and the others manipulating it all. Loved it!


A quote from "Stray Birds" by Rabindranath Tagore

The water in a vessel is sparkling; the water in the sea is dark.

The small truth has words that are clear; the great truth has great silence.


All afternoon it rained, then

Such power came down from the clouds

On a yellow thread,

As authoritative as God is supposed to be.

When it hit the tree, her body

Opened forever.

Mary Oliver

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