Update 9-20-16 and 1-15-18: I wrote this original post in early January 2016, yet it's drawn recent attention thanks to reblogs from my kindred spirit and friend Leeby Geeby @ Shamagaia and a few others (thank you!). Uncanny timing. As... Continue Reading →
As we near the gateway to these year-end Holy Days, I’m wishing you a magical and wondrous Solstice, Christmas, and holy days passage, however you celebrate them.
Remember, too: We’ve got a Christmas Day Full Moon adding both illumination and energetic-psychic voltage, so may we all go gently, easily tend (and manage to keep) our center, and be filled with the greater joy and blessing of this time of the year.
And just in case you need some ‘on the fly’ restoration and handy tips for keeping your center amidst the whirl and swirl?
You’ll find a generous supply in the Resources for Empaths & Sensitives series, and the new Chaos Surfer’s Medicine eBundle in the ‘Current Specials’.
Lots of love,
“We all start out knowing magic. We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us. We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand.
But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls. We get it churched out, spanked out, washed out, and combed out. We get put on the straight and narrow path and told to be responsible. Told to act our age. Told to grow up, for God’s sake.
And you know why we were told that? Because the people doing the telling were afraid of our wildness and youth, and because the magic we knew made them ashamed and sad of what they’d allowed to wither in themselves.”
~ Robert R. McCammon, American Novelist, Boy’s Life (1991)
Here’s to reclaiming the…
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[11-6-17 Update: This is fresh once more, as Saturn in Sagittarius transits to its original retrograde degree and conjuncts the Galactic Center midpoint for the third and last time, and completes another Trine with Uranus in Aries. Some potent fiery... Continue Reading →
It’s a fine time to re-feature this rather dry-witted, Saturnian insight from Jung on Separating from the Herd.
It’s nicely attuned to this Friday Sagittarius New Moon and new lunar cycle (neatly trined Uranus in Aries, igniting those rebel-sparked ‘fiery arrows’ of stirred-and-centered vision … are you noticing them as they arise?), and for stirring the vision-cauldron for the months and year ahead.
For a few more themes aligned to the current archetype-energies, vision-quest impulses, and possibilities stirring around and within us, check out the recent post and the insightful and ‘co-lucid’ comments, Rebels and Mystic Sells (and related articles that pop up in the links).
The Trickster and rebel-system-agitator (Uranus-Prometheus) is afoot, but so is the Master Teacher (Saturn in Sagittarius).
Aquarians will recognize the weird, unlikely collaboration of this duo, as Uranus/Prometheus and Saturn are the co-rulers of Aquarius. But at the early cusp of the Aquarian Age, we may all be feeling such stirrings and the agitation of creative friction.
Together, Uranus and Saturn are now holding the torch to illuminate and spark the fiery arrows of the vision quest we’ll undertake in the coming months and year, and to transmute … that’d be reduce to ash … the energy of the calcified beliefs or ‘cultural norms’ that are past their expiry date and have gone sour, rancid, or downright toxic.
‘Tis the season.
• What purpose clues, vision stirrings, and far-off-horizons call to you?
• Where will you aim your ‘fiery arrows’ for the coming vision quest journey?
• How will your Phoenix rise over the coming year?
To gain fresh clarity & spark a sense of momentum — schedule a “Commit to Progress” coaching trio or consultation series.
Big Love and Happy New Moon in the meanwhile,
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“The words “many are called, but few are chosen” are singularly appropriate here, for the development of personality from the germ-state to full consciousness is at once a charisma and a curse, because its first fruit is the conscious and unavoidable segregation of the single individual from the undifferentiated and unconscious herd.” ~ Carl Jung, The Development of Personality
This is what, in the Hero and Heroine’s Journey, is known as answering the call, which takes the journeyer or heroine, “out of the society that would have protected them, and into the dark forest, into the world of fire, of original experience,” as Joseph Campbell mused.
It’s a powerful notion, and if you’ve answered the call and left the interpreted path
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Uh-yup, it's a doozy of a week, a dilly of a pickle, and the bees knees of energetic swirling dervishes ... and likely a few Tantrum Yogis and Hissy Fit Artists, too, doin' their thing. Super sweet, but also typical... Continue Reading →
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Happy Samhain, All Hallow’s, All Souls, or All Saints week!
May you be enriched by the actual and metaphorical ‘fruits of the harvest’ and the blessings of the Season, and may the Wisdom within grow stronger, deeper roots.
Nowadays, with so much wisdom forgotten, many people think of Samhain or the cross-quarters as evidence of pagan ancestors or ‘ancestor worship’.
Or, among those who self-describe as more learned or intellectual, such seasonal festivals might be seen as holdovers from more ‘primitive’ or ‘superstitious’ times.
That’s all so much inaccurate thinky-thinky blah-blah that, caught up in the fog of self-righteousness, misses the point entirely.
Starting October 31st on the calendar, and/or when the Sun reaches mid-Scorpio (15 degrees) in the Northern Hemisphere’s Autumn Season, we note the Samhain, or All Hallow’s, All Souls, or All Saints festival. The ‘Halloween’ of modern times.
This year, 2015, the solar or astrological cross-quarter midpoint occurs over November 7th or 8th, depending on where in the world you are (in New York, it’s just about ‘exact’ at 1:00 p.m. on November 7th).
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Ahhhh, yes, we enter anew into the Season of Vision-Tending and renewal.
It’s always a fine time to renew, revitalize, regenerate, and re-vision, of course.
But there are also times that are potent in their adding support to just that. This is just such a portal of time in the coming weeks and few months.
Plus, we all know how it feels to be anxious, frazzled, and ‘behind’ as we move through the often-stressful (for many) holidays and into the new year.
Tending these fires, strengthening our connection to what truly matters, and stirring vision and attending to renewal, eases the way considerably.
That makes visioning and renewal very, very practical.
So in the Spirit of the season, here’s an updated Season of Vision-Tending …
What Vision-Seeds and “new greenings” will grow in your garden in the coming weeks and months?
Big Love and Evocative Vision-Tending,
It’s the perfect time for checking in with the deepest stirrings of heart-and-soul … a Season of Vision-Stirring, Vision-Seed Planting, and Vision-Tending.
I’ve got a Vision-Stirring feature-page on the Sophia’s Children work-table, but for right now, here’s some Vision-Season inspiration.
It’s prime visioning time.
Even the current astro-mythic and Seasonal energies support Vision-Tending:
We already know that the uber-transformative and “Are you being true-you?” Uranus is in Aries and Pluto in the “bring Wisdom to Earth” landscape of Capricorn, Neptune and Chiron travels through heartful, soulful, Divine-connected Pisces, and Saturn the master-magi-teacher is fresh into the sign of the Archer asking us this question:
Just what fiery arrows are we aiming, and at just what destinations … and in service to what (or whom)?
Venus has joined vision-expanding Jupiter and energizing Mars in fire-tending Virgo, before she moves onward, like Inanna or…
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‘Tis the season, given the ‘thin time‘ of All Souls and Samhain days coming up at the end of the month and early November — and the general Transformation Times Zap Zone energies we continue to live in and dance with.
Here’s an updated Resources for Empaths and Sensitives Series musing, along with the link to the garden-bouquet of posts for Sensing-Empaths and other energy sensitives, and transformation-catalyst kindred spirits who are feelin’ it just about now.
Big Love and Thin Times Blessings,
Ahhh, to be an actual, ‘just wired that way’ Empath — One who is naturally made to be more sensitive to the energy currents (subtle and not-so-subtle), including the thoughts and emotions wafting and swirling around us at any given moment.
To be a Sensing-Empath, oran Empathic-Sensitive as some might say, is to have a set of unique innate gifts or medicines for our times.
In this case, Empathic Sensitivity is an inherent or natural trait — the way we’re made — not a learned-behavior.
But the inherent capacity to actual sense and feel subtle and ‘unseen’ energies? That’s innate, not taught.
I’m not sure — in fact, I don’t actually think — that actual empathy can be taught, though certain awareness or ‘having a clue’ might be increased, and skillful communication and interpersonal behaviors taught (or mimicked).
That said, empathic sensitivity may not always feel like a gift…
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In yesterday's "Current Special Offerings" musing, I referred to the latest swirl of 'buzz' related to the Energies of Now for the coming weeks. Yes, it's got it all, complete with the usual servings of catastrophobia and missives from the... Continue Reading →
This seems a very fine time for anchoring ourselves in the sovereign “ground of All Being” and rejuvenating our discerning Spiritual Warrior juju.
I’ll be sharing a few musings on just that “ripe timing” in a day or two (maybe even today), since the Virgo-Pisces archetypal energies are getting activated in a big way moving forward.
In the meanwhile, I’m happy to share this blog post from blog-sister Laura Bruno, since it speaks to this Spiritual (Shambhala) Warrior archetype that many of us are ‘here to be’.
Check this out, and read on for more:
“Budo (way of the warrior) is not a means of felling the opponent by force or by lethal weapons. Neither is it intended to lead the world to destruction by arms and other illegitimate means.
True Budo calls for bringing the inner energy of the universe in order, protecting the peace of the world, as well as preserving, everything in nature in its right form.”
~ Moreihei Ueshiba, founder of the art of Aikido
That’s what my Qigong Grandmaster called healthy yang or the Sacred Masculine, which is very much in alignment and partnership with and honoring of the healthy yin or Sacred Feminine.
Power with versus the toxic old Dominator Culture norm of power over.
That’s what I’m talking about (whatever the spiritual tradition from which you gain Wisdom and inspiration) — and it’s the energetic we’ll have plenty of cosmic and Earth help with as we move forward, starting now. Stay tuned …
Big Love and more soon,
Thanks, Bill! This video arrived so very synchronously, just seconds after I hung up the phone from a “Healing Skills Reclamation” Session discussing the spiritual path of the Warrior. I had just described this very dynamic of becoming so strong that you bypass the “need” for violence.
This video gives a passionate description of the differences between a Warrior and a soldier, as well as why our world needs a return of the Warrior. Lately, I’ve felt led to read both “The Upanishads” and “The Poetic Edda,” and both traditions share an appreciation for the role of true Warriors. It’s not about bashing heads or bombing civilians into oblivion. Reclaiming the values, courage and skills of the Warrior has deep implications for spiritual development, human sovereignty and, indeed, the fate of our world. This is 22 minutes well worth the listen:
“Budo (way of the warrior) is not…
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Heightened sensitivity and discerning focus. Divine guidance and devoted practice. Big Love and attentive thought. Inspired vision and skillful action. Cosmic Intelligence and Indigenous Soul. Heavenly Wisdom and Earth Magic. These are some of the specific themes of this full... Continue Reading →
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Oh yeah, it's been a doozy of a few days. Or week. Or more. Peep-reports from the field, which sync with my own experiences and/or observations of those around me, suggest a Zap-Zone with a very stirred up, mucky shared... Continue Reading →
Greetings, fellow Sophians.
Here’s another lovely and timely musing from Anne Whitaker from her Writing From the 12th House blog, with a mention of another kindred spirit sister, Molly Hall. Double the insight and good!
And it’s perfect for this Dark Moon, or Moondark, time that we’re in (and since it comes each month, and in any other Deep Yin time (meditation, night, etc.), it’s always a good time for this insight).
With the new moon arriving tonight (Eastern Time, and then through the crescent moon in a few days), it’s a good time to rejuvenate, restore, and re-collect, and listen deeply for your Heart’s true yearnings that can inform the vision-seeds for this lunar cycle.
So gather yourself back to center, call home your exiled selves, and see what new insights and brilliant questions — the ones that open up the most whole-hearted possibilities — arise from the wellspring within your deepest core and heart of hearts.
Big Love and Happy Moondark,
I was born in the very last hours of Moondark…and find that it’s best to note Moondark periods in my new diary each year. At these times, each month, I find that I need even more time than usual (having several 12th House planets anyway) to retreat, be in silence, drift, and dream…let my mind wander.
This is what I am able to do today, on the last day of Moondark. I’d be interested in others’ experiences of this phenomenon – and its impact especially at those times which happen to us all, when LIFE requires us to engage, to be busy, to stay focused. What are you doing today as you wait for the Cancer New Moon tomorrow?
Having googled “Writing about Moondark”, I found this fine article, a compilation of others’ writings by astrologer Molly Hall. (see full attribution at the end.) It is well written and…
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There are some cycles, passages, or even life-purposes that fly (or flow) in direct opposition to the more Saturnine, Capricornian, structured, hierarchical, "Puritan work ethic" oriented norm that is celebrated in much of Western culture, and certainly in the U.S.... Continue Reading →
Do you feel your Virgoan angels (or demons) being stirred right about now? How can you tell? When Virgo facets and essences are activated -- as they might be during a Virgo Moon time or when we have other Virgo-activating... Continue Reading →
‘Tis the time and the Season, so here’s some updated Imbolc-Candlemas inspiration to take you into this deeply creative, deeply Feminine time of the year.
Imbolc-Candlemas is celebrated during the first few days of February, and the exact-point occurs when the Sun is at 15 degrees of Aquarius — February 3rd this year (check your own time zone for any variations).
Imbolc-Candlemas also initiates what the late mythic astrologer Steve Nelson called the Candlemas Hora … a holy time. He said:
“This Mid-Aquarius “power gate” begins the Candlemas Hora, a 15-day period from Feb 3 to 18 when the nature of the New Year becomes illuminated and the vital energies of Nature stir to life.”
Read on to stir your Divine Spark — and the Wise Guide and Keeper of the Flame that you may be, in your unique way and presence — in sync with the meaning of this season.
If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, you’ll be at the midpoint of Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox, which is Lughnasadh. You can read about that here.
Even if you’re in Lughnasadh time, if you’ve got interests in the deep Feminine, the Black Madonna, and the associated gifts of deeper and awakening Wisdom, you’ll enjoy the Imbolc-Candlemas post for those goodies.
For additional clues and insights on your role for these times, have a look at the current featured offerings or send me an email (info ‘at’ sophias-children ‘dot’ com).
Big Love, Big Heart, Big Spark!
Featured Image Credit: Aqua Sulis, Bath, England. Photo by your Sophia’s Children creatrix, Jamie Walters (that’d be me!). Link here if you use it, please.
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If you’ve found regular inspiration … or a super-handy dose of it … in this and other Sophia’s Children articles and offerings, consider supporting the work in one of these ways:
Stir your unique Spark as you orient into the coming months and year:
Lots of love,
Featured image credit: Aqua Sulis, Bath, England. Photo by your Sophia’s Children creatrix, Jamie … moi.
We enter into the Mysteries of Imbolc, Candlemas, or Fèill Bhrìghde.
Imbolc or Fèill Bhrìghdewere some of the names given to this time of year by the Gaelic-Celtic ancestors, as they marked the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, and later is was called Candlemas or Fèill Brìghde.
Other cultures and traditions celebrated and honored the turning of the Seasonal wheel by other names.
I feel a special affinity for this time of year, since I was born at Imbolc-Candlemas, with Sirius and Orion visible in the Winter night sky.
For some of our ancestors, that reminder of coming Spring (and fading Winter) was a pretty big deal, in a region where it got plenty cold, and a time when there wasn’t the ease of electricity, central heating, a gas stove and electric fridge, or…
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“I relate to the firing synapses willy nilly ... I am wildly alert, yet kinda stunned or something …” quipped one Aqua'd wayfarer just this morning. Sounds familiar. My mind has been going at warp-speed, as my Aquarius Sun, Saturn,... Continue Reading →
“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”
~ Thomas Merton, American writer, mystic, and Trappist monk
For this Freyja Day musing, here’s a generous helping of very timely wisdom from a fellow Aquarian and sojourner on the Way, Thomas Merton.
Follow the links below, to Br. Merton’s insight on the greatest need of our time, and see what inspires and resonates with you.
“The greatest need of our time is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds and makes of all political and social life a mass illness.
Without this housecleaning, we cannot begin to see. Unless we see, we cannot think.”
~ Thomas Merton, American writer, mystic, and monk, in Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander
On the spiritual path (whatever you might call it), we often move through some pretty challenging passages that can serve to “polish the mirrors of our hearts” or “illuminate the eyes and ears of our hearts,” as well as sand away some of the mental and emotional rubbish, as the Aquarian monk, Br. Merton wrote.
Since Thomas Merton’s particular vibe of wise counsel is pretty in sync with these particular times, I’ve included several other wisdom-gems from him in a few previous Sophia’s Children…
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