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BlogShare: Another False Prophet Bites the Dust (From EER blog)

Bobbie explores the 'outing' of yet another celebrity faux-guru, along with the greed-reveal of a miserly celebrity American bling-worshipping, integrity-challenged mega-church preacher, in her The Shift Has Hit the Fan blog post, "Another One Bites the Dust." This, along with... Continue Reading →

Dec. Specials Alert + The Black Madonna, Mother Mary

Before I delve into a recent visit with The Black Madonna and Mother Mary that arose spontaneously this past weekend ... There are just a couple more days left for the pre-holiday Sophiastrology + Intuitive Reading consultation in my December... Continue Reading →

I Build a Lighted House and …

In the Spirit of the Season of Lights … stir the Light within you and shine brightly as a gift to all around you.

Big Love,
Jamie

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Ariakerou at Imado - Lighted House, by Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915). PD-US. Ariakerou at Imado – Lighted House, by Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915). PD-US.

“I build a lighted house and therein dwell.”**

This is a musing on well-lit houses, inner (and outer) gardens, being refuge and/or refugee, among other things.

In his July esoteric astrology letter, Phillip Lindsay shared the above ‘keynote’ for the archetype of the moon-ruled sign of Cancer, along with other powerfully insightful and inspiring observations  and reminders.

(Thank you, Phillip. Kindred-spirit readers, you’ll find the link to Phillip’s full article below — highly recommended inspiration!)

We’ve recently had this Cancerian wellspring stirred, as the Sun did its annual meander through Cancer, along with Mercury and Venus.

Beyond these few weeks, the invitations and deep wellsprings of this deeply feminine, Yin-Water archetype are vitally important for these turbulent times we’re living in.

The same could be said for the ‘greater angels’ of each of the archetypes, and may it be…

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Energies of Now: The Liminal, the ‘Shamanic’, and the Phoenix

Any time that the Scorpio Mysteries are afoot -- as they are with this New Moon, as well as whenever the depths, the lengthening nights, or other deep-Mystery phases and cycles are more noticeable -- we are in the liminal... Continue Reading →

Sacred Sound Science and the Power of the Word

NGC 3603, NASA-Hubble. Virginia/INAF, Bologna, Italy/USRA/Ames/STScI/AURA. PD-US.
NGC 3603, NASA-Hubble. Virginia/INAF, Bologna, Italy/USRA/Ames/STScI/AURA. PD-US.

In the beginning was the Word …

The sound …

The vibration of the ultimate creativity.

If all is energy, and sound and vibration are creative, we become more and more aware of the power of the Word: thought, word, and all that shapes it within us.

My friend and kindred-collaborator Lee of the fantastically insightful and creative ShamaGaia blog has written a fine musing on the power of the Word, sound, and vibration for healing and creativity.

Have a look (and thanks, Leeby!).

Big Love, all.

Jamie

Shamagaia

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 Pythagoras of Samos ( 570 – 495 BC)

From prehistoric Shamans to the ancient civilisations of Summeria, Egypt, Greece, China, Tibet, India, South America and elsewhere, sound has been revered as a primary way of linking humans with their cosmology and for its ability to heal, transform and elevate, body mind and spirit. “The use of sound in such cultures was a highly developed sacred science.” (Goldman, 2012)

The Pythagorean schools of ancient Greece developed various kinds of sacred sound healing temples and practices from knowledge that they received in Egypt. Fundamental to such practices was a concept known as, “The Harmony of The Spheres,” or “Musica Universalis,” which determined that the ratios of heavenly bodies could be represented by the relationship between musical tones. While this development is widely acknowledged as one of the major roots of western science, it is important to note that Pythagoras, one of…

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Energy Weather: Buzz, Sensitivity, and Harmony … or Not.

The beautiful moon is waxing into fullness, and that full, ripe moon occurs just past midnight on Sunday morning (EDT). Using the language of astrology for the energy and archetype signatures: This full moon joins Uranus in Aries ... fire... Continue Reading →

Empath-Sensitives and M-Fields

This 'empaths & energy fields' topic has been percolating for quite awhile, based on what I’ve noticed over recent years of experience, for better and for worse. More recently, I’ve revisited with a couple of different ‘works’ related to the... Continue Reading →

Big Love and Hard Places

You’ve probably had those moments or passages — the ones where you feel like someone or something has suddenly put shrink-wrap or a straitjacket on your life (and in your mind), making it hard to breathe and offering what seemed... Continue Reading →

Energy Hygiene: Dispersing and Gathering Back

"Tell a wise person, or else keep silent; for the mass-man will mock it right away." ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's The Holy Longing Many of us are conditioned to reach outward for confirmation, affirmation, approval, validation, and/or understanding from... Continue Reading →

Chiron Quest and Sensitivity to ‘Energy Gunk’

Though I'm writing about sensitivity to 'energy gunk' and why that's important, I'll start with Chiron, since I mention him, too. This insight from Brad Keeney speaks well to our Chirotic Quest, as it's sometimes called: “This is where the... Continue Reading →

The Mission: Uncommon Skills

"As we accept what is, we become people who stand in contrast to what is, freed from the aggression, grasping, and confusion of this time." "With that clarity, we can contribute things of eternal importance no matter what's going on... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: Fired Up, Wired Up and … Just Maybe, Magical.

Just when you thought it might be safe to go back into the water, another wave from the Zap Zone. As we know, though, where there's friction and agitation -- where there be monsters -- there's the potential for creativity... Continue Reading →

Artists and Seers: Restoring the psychic equilibrium of the epoch

"Every creative person is a duality or a synthesis of contradictory aptitudes. On the one side he is a human being with a personal life, while on the other side he is an impersonal, creative process." "The archetypal image of... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: Your Odyssey and Neptune (and Pals) Magic

Eruption at Castle Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, U.S. Creative Commons photo by Brocken Inaglory, Wikimedia.
Eruption at Castle Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, U.S. Creative Commons photo by Brocken Inaglory, Wikimedia.

The Energies of Now are taking on more Fire, where we’ve had an ocean of Water in recent weeks, though the sensitive, watery, tidal essence of the Neptunian-Piscean is still very much in play.

That said, it’s good to note that Fire and Water create steam, or hydro-thermal baths, or boiling water, or doused passion, etc. … actually, and metaphorically speaking.

So lest we Go All Mars (Fire) and bubble over, or get too steamy (in less than helpful ways), or feel like there’s still a wet blanket on our energy and passion, here’s an Energies of Now update.

Geyser in Iceland. Public domain image courtesy of pd4pic.
Geyser in Iceland. Public domain image courtesy of pd4pic.

Fire and Water will continue to be foremost elements in the Energies of Now, so this is a timely reminder … and an Orienteering clue-guide as well.

What’s bubbling for (and in) you?

Read on, and see what stirs into your awareness.

Wishing you happy and wise navigating as we ready for a new season … and a new (astro and seasonal) year’s Vision Quest and Hero/ine’s Journey.

For Current Specials on Astro Readings and Vision-Quest Pathfinding consults, check out the Specials-of-Now Page.

Big Love,
Jamie

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Jean Veber, Ulysse et Nausicaa, 1888, Paris, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts Jean Veber, Ulysse et Nausicaa, 1888, Paris, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. Public domain image courtesy of WikiMedia.

Odyssey
noun od·ys·sey ˈä-də-sē

: a long journey full of adventures

: a series of experiences that give knowledge or understanding to someone

1:  a long wandering or voyage usually marked by many changes of fortune

2:  an intellectual or spiritual wandering or quest (Merriam-Websters Dictionary)

Sounds like life, doesn’t it — the long journey full of adventures, changing fortunes, new understandings, and gravitas-creating wisdom?

Or so we would hope, in any case.

We’re each on our very own Odyssey, and we’re on a collective Odyssey, too, in these wild and wily transformative times.

The mythic-astrology language for the archetypal energies at work now includes:

Neptune in Pisces,

• Uranus in Aries,

• Pluto in Capricorn — and their epic ‘square’, waning but still in effect, and

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Wildly Pronoiac Attitude Adjusters from the Babemba and Og

Both of these Attitude Adjusters brought to you by Rob Brezsny's Pronoia is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings. I've been enjoying yet another (re)visit with this perception-shifting gem -- it's... Continue Reading →

Quoteworthy: Love, Fear and Early Adopters.

"We are the early adopters of a revolution of values." ~ Pancho Ramos-Stierle, Occupy Love, in a YES! Magazine interview. In the Spirit of Cultivating, Being, Embodying, and Spreading the Big Love, Jamie

Joy, Presence and the Power of Blessing – #Blesstival

Fiery Poppies in Woburn, England, May 2007 by Jamie S. Walters. Creative Commons - use with attribution and a link to this post. Merci.
Fiery Poppies in Woburn, England, May 2007 by Jamie S. Walters. Creative Commons – use with attribution and a link to this post. Merci.

Energy alchemy and Timeless, ‘Evergreen’ Wisdom — the alchemy of joy, presence and “reciprocal blessing.”

Happy Dark Moon and soon-to-be New Moon and Lunar New Year!

Big Love,
Jamie

The Blesstival Wave Continues to Build…

See more Blesstival Participants’ blessing posts AND participate in the Blessing Wave, too! Here’s how…

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The Mystic Mountain nebula. Photo courtesy of the Hubble Heritage project, NASA. The Mystic Mountain nebula. Photo courtesy of the Hubble Heritage project, NASA.

In times of intense energy dynamics and epic shifts — for many, that’s pretty much right now — we can feel both catapulted out of our comfort zones, uprooted and unmoored, and stuck, as in Way not opening. At the same time.

A strange and confusing paradox, that, but it seems to go with this particular unmapped territory.

This and other stressors can stir up a seemingly mighty riptide of angst or funk, a.k.a. depression. Add the holidays or similar high-expectation times, and shake.

And yet sometimes the medicine for being off-kilter isn’t so much out there — thankfully, as we often have little to no control over what’s out there (yes, I learned that lesson the hard way!) — but rather the medicine is right at hand, as close as our own breath.

Girl Blowing Dandelion Seeds, 1899, by Laurits Andersen Ring (1854-1933) oil on canvas 87.5x123.5 Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo, Norway Danish, out of copyright Girl…

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The #Blesstival Wave Continues to Build … Thanks to …

The Blesstival Blessing Wave continues to gather momentum. Thanks to: Sylvia Fujiwara (via FB, multiple times), Linda@LiteBeing, Sue Dreamwalker, Ka@FiestraEstrella, Jack@Jackspottings, Mary@WalkingMyPath, Debbie@Spaceships China, Brad@WritingtoFreedom, Mary Lou@MeInThemiddle (multi-Blesser), Maddie@Chaos & Order (multi-Blesser), Bridget@BridgetCameron, Sri Devi@WellWishers, Joanna@TopofJCsMind, Ann@AncientConversations (multi-Blesser), and Mari... Continue Reading →

Mercury+Pluto: Tetchy, Combustible Muck or … the Golden Thread

“If you can keep your head when all about you people are losing theirs and blaming it on you…” ~ Rudyard Kipling You know how there are those times when people seem to be more on the edge than usual... Continue Reading →

Peace to this house – #Blesstival-2016

“Whatever house you enter, let your first words be, “Shalama bayta:” Peace to this house and family — May it complete its purpose and tell its tale to the end. May it fulfill itself in surrender to the One.” ~... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: Shamanic retrieval in the sign of the Initiate

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 →

Making a Difference

Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia (1554-1556), by Paolo Veronese. Public Domain Image courtesy of Wikimedia.
Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia (1554-1556), by Paolo Veronese. Public Domain Image courtesy of Wikimedia.

Happy Fifth Day of Christmas to you all, whether you celebrate Christmas or honor the Spirit of the Season in other ways.

As we near the threshold of the passing of this past calendar year and the dawn of a fresh new one, many of us can appreciate that feeling of starting a new year with a blend of hope and intention, mixed in with healthy doses of anxiety, uncertainty, overwhelm, and even sadness or grief.

I have no doubt that I and several other of my blog-o-sphere sisters and brothers will continue sharing what ‘good medicine’ comes into and through us to encourage and inspire (as we navigate that same mix of inspiration and uncertainty!).

And yet each of those individual sharings contributes to the greater ‘wave’.

So I’m glad to share an inspired and timely blog article from The Druid’s Garden, along with Laura Bruno’s intro-musing to her own reblog of this post.

You’ll find Laura’s message, and then the link to the reblog of ‘Making a Difference’.

It’s a really important message as each of us does of the work of keeping (or re-gaining) our Sovereign Center, and continuing to add our big and small magic, our own contributions (small and large) to the cause of wellbeing, Agape (Perdita’s Gifts!), and a restoration of joy and Wisdom for all beings.

Thanks to Laura for reblogging this (I’d missed this post, so was glad for the reblog!), and to The Druid’s Garden for the initial musing.

Here’s to the great importance of a wealth of (seemingly) small contributions.

Big Love and Holy-Season Blessings,
Jamie

From Laura Bruno’s reblog of “Making a Difference:”

“I’ve been meaning to reblog this because of the encouraging message, especially as so many people create New Year’s Resolutions. I hear from a lot of clients who fear they “can never do enough to change ___, so why bother?”

Here’s why: because every little thing adds up, and one success inspires and fuels another one. We never know our full ripple effect, but we can and do create ripples wherever we go. As we finish out 2015, please give yourself credit for the things you’ve done, assess those you’ve left undone, and then feel your way into 2016 and beyond. What little step keeps nagging at you to take it? What deep soul longings keep nudging you to pay attention?

For the moment, forget the desired end, just focus on finding the next foothold and planting your step. YOU are part of the cycle of life! Whenever you choose to foster life — in whatever ways, small or big — you reaffirm the Great Cosmic Dance of Life. Twist, turn, leap or spin: just MOVE and see what happens.”

And The Druid’s Garden original “Making a Difference” article ….

The Druid's Garden

I had a long conversation with an older close relative of mine over the holidays. He had overheard my sister, brother-in-law, and I talking about herbalism, permaculture, cultural shifts.  This conversation was framed in the context of the recent Paris climate talks where it appears that world leaders agreed not to do anything for 15 years and in some future time, stave off too much of a temperature rise. After listening to us for a time, my relative indicated that anything that we would do would make “little to no difference” and that when we were his age (he’s in his late 60’s), we’d look back on our lives and regret not being able to do much; we’d certainly regret not being able to hope we had hoped to accomplish.  The fact that we had “little money or resources” made this a certainty. He thought he was doing us a…

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May the Angels in Their Beauty…

"May the Angels in their beauty bless you. May they turn toward you streams of blessing. May the Angel of Awakening stir your heart To come alive to the eternal within you, To all the invitations that quietly surround you."... Continue Reading →

Blog Blesstival – A CoCreated Blessing Wave to Start the New Year

Thank you to all who joined me in an experiment: The Blesstival  ... sharing blessings into the collective via blog, website, Facebook ... wherever you connect. Together, we stirred the possibility of rippling out the energy and spirit of blessing... Continue Reading →

It’s Galactic Center Time: Are You a G.C. Transmitter?

[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 →

Energies of Now: Zap-Zone HoliDaze and Handy Reminders

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 →

When We’re Still … The Gift of Presence

“There are times when our offering is not necessarily some tangible gift or helpful act, but rather simply a peaceful manner.  If we are clear and present, if we are quiet and centered, then others may be nourished simply by... Continue Reading →

Energy Weather. Sacred Spaces. Black Madonna

I'm sharing a couple of things today - a bit about the current 'energy weather', plus my fellow blogger Anne Whitaker's musing and beautiful photographs from her recent 'travel therapy' visit to the cathedral of Salisbury, England. Anne's lovely post... Continue Reading →

Magic and depression

Midsummer Eve, 1908, Edward Robert Hughes. Public domain image courtesy of WikiMedia.
Midsummer Eve, 1908, Edward Robert Hughes. Public domain image courtesy of WikiMedia.

“The hope of the world lies in the restoration of the ancient magic that is part of your lineage.” ~  Steve Nelson

Yes, yes, yes!

So much of what we’re doing is re-discovering the magic of place, of Life, of our own beings, and the magic in all that’s around us.

The magic that nearly gets snuffed out of us early on. The magic that has been ignored by a perceptual worldview that ‘everything else’ is just inert ‘stuff’ that’s for our perpetual consumption.

To me, the magic is the Holy Divine … or at least the Holy Divine’s way of speaking to, playing with, guiding and Big Loving us!

Thanks to my friend Molly Hall for sharing Jon’s post with me, and thanks to Jon for writing it … particularly the bit about the “inoculation of reality aimed at suppressing magic.”

And so we remember it …

Big Love,
Jamie

Jon Rappoport's Blog

Magic and depression

by Jon Rappoport

April 17, 2015

NoMoreFakeNews.com

OutsideTheRealityMachine

“The function of the artist is to provide what life does not.” —Tom Robbins, Another Roadside Attraction

“Those people who recognize that imagination is reality’s master we call ‘sages,’ and those who act upon it, we call ‘artists.’” —Tom Robbins, Skinny Legs and All

In the human psyche, from the moment a newborn baby emerges into the light of day, he/she has a desire for magic.

We are told this is an early fetish that fades away as the experience of the world sets in. As maturity evolves. As practical reality is better understood.

In most areas of psychology, sensible adjustment to practical reality is a great prize to be won by the patient. It marks the passage from child to adult. It is hailed as a therapeutic triumph.

In truth, the desire for magic never goes away, and…

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Standing Still, Taking Stock, and the Queen of Disks

"My Life Came to a Standstill..." That's what Leo Tolstoy wrote in his Confessions about the period in his life when his old priorities and accomplishments no longer held meaning for him, but a new sense of meaning and authenticity... Continue Reading →

Tending the Heart-Fire, and The Space (and Place) You’re In

Yesterday we dove into flowing Piscean waters and the great sea (or Great She?) of being. So how about today we balance those elements and dry off a bit with some flame-tending and earth magic? I'm appreciating two beautiful musings... Continue Reading →

Power Portal – Clear Out the Funk and Notice What Enthralls

Yes, it's that time again, as we head into the 'shadow period' of the upcoming Mercury Retrograde. Despite the perpetual naysaying from the doom-and-gloom-sayers, these and other power portals increase the ease with which we might access certain possibilities. The... Continue Reading →

Restoring Your Personal Power – Adi Shakti Global Sadhana

In mid-April, I reached an important 1000 day milestone in my mantra-yoga practice. When I started that long sadhana in July 2011, I didn't think beyond the 40-day Kirtan Kriya sadhana, or practice period, I'd been invited to do. Several years... Continue Reading →

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