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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 →

Music Medicine and Muse Food: Guaranteed – Eddie Vedder

Here's a lovely song with potent lyrics from PhoeniX-Generation's Eddie Vedder, from the film, Into the Wild. Speaking of Muses and Muse-food, here's another Muse-stirring piece from the Sophia's Children archives: Fresh Beginnings: Who's Your Muse? Enjoy. Big Love, Jamie... Continue Reading →

The Return of the Healing Feminine

“I swear by Apollo The Healer, by Asclepius, by Hygieia, by Panacea, and by all the Gods and Goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will carry out, according to my ability and judgment, this oath and this indenture.” The... Continue Reading →

MuseWorthy Quotations: Callings, Purpose and Meaning

“The life I am living is not the same as the life that wants to live in me … Trying to live someone else’s life, or to live by an abstract norm, will invariably fail … True self, when violated,... Continue Reading →

Reclaiming Our Gifts and the Golden Thread of Destiny

“Our destiny is the golden thread that holds together the hearts of humanity and the heart of the world. We carry the heart of the world within our own heart, and through living our destiny we nourish the heart of... Continue Reading →

Transformation Fatigue and Keeping Heart

For many horizon-edge walkers and vision-seeders, transformation agents, and similar culture-shifters, or just people trying to be decent and kind in a culture and world that seems too-often indecent and insane, transformation fatigue, apathy, and burnout are occupational hazards, ever... 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 →

MuseWorthy Insights: Decolonizing Imagination and Soul

I share the following from Alastair McIntosh's 2015 Sunderland P. Gardner Lecture (Canadian Quaker Learning Series #7), with Mr. McIntosh's permission. This reflection is also very much aligned with some of the archetypal macro-themes of the current Saturn-Neptune and Uranus-Pluto... Continue Reading →

MuseWorthy Quotation: On True Friendship and Being the Space

"A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts... Continue Reading →

Mars: Power, Purpose and Shadow-Stuff

I wrote recently about Mars coming out of its retrograde, cave time, and vision quest (June 29). With Mars in the archetypal Scorpion-or-Phoenix zone just the now, additional key shadow possibilities include the hoarding-witholding typical of the Taurus-Scorpio shadow. With... Continue Reading →

MuseWorthy Quote: Ripples of Energy and Daring

“Each time a person stands up for an idea, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: Mars Forward, Energy Resurfaces

Mars, the planet and archetypal energy of raw life-force, brash Yang, passion, and momentum stationed direct after its retrograde vision-quest cave-time that started in mid-April. In mythology, the only time Mars did cave time was when he was with his... Continue Reading →

On Tipping Points and the Courage of Convictions

Albert Einstein said that we can't solve the problems we face using the same mindset or consciousness that created the problems in the first place. Countless wisdom traditions have said as much -- that it takes a change of heart... Continue Reading →

Life-Milestone Cycles and Big-Energy Activations Underway

There are several 'big energy' activations and/or life-milestone cycles underway just now. Here's a snapshot, and I have a few specific updates on the writing roster for a couple of these. The shifts and fluxes in the shared energy field... Continue Reading →

Phoenixing Update: Jupiter and the Shapeshifting Wave

The momentum resumes. Or some of it, anyway, with Jupiter leading the way.

Here’s a fresh update on the ‘great benefic’, the Keepers of the Flame, and the Phoenixing Mission … for those who choose to dive in and rise to the occasion.

Big Love (and courageous Phoenixing),
Jamie

Featured Image Credit: Mosaic featuring the Phoenix, in the ancient Roman city of Aquileia, Italy. Public domain image courtesy of Wikimedia.

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Jupiter and Juno, by Gavin Hamilton (1723-1798). Pubic domain image due to date prior to copyright term. Jupiter and Juno, by Gavin Hamilton (1723-1798). Pubic domain image due to date prior to copyright term.

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”

~ Gospel of Thomas, Saying 70

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

(Updated on May 11, 2016 from original August 2015 article)

As Jupiter continues to emanate its expanding archetypal-energy essence from the earthy-Feminine Virgoan fields,we may find remedy for what ails us (and culture) in the authentic service of the ‘my cup overfloweth’ variety.

Or by Phoenixing, but more on that in a bit.

First, The Service Thing. Then the Gen-X Phoenix Thing, though non-Gen-Xers may well recognize some…

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Cultivating Humanity: A Transformative Path

"Life is a mystery, a blessing, and a challenge. It is exciting and full of adventure, but can also be overwhelming or even tragic." "We are reaching several thresholds in our journey as human beings on earth. We need intentional... 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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Life-force Rising: Spring and the Re-Emerging Feminine

"Whom should I turn to, if not the one whose darkness is darker than night, the only one who keeps vigil with no candle and is not afraid— the deep one, whose being I trust, for it breaks through the... Continue Reading →

Threshold Paths: Wild Bee Wisdom from the Dark and Starless Road

The 'Milky Way', photographed near Lake Titicaca in Peru. Image courtesy of NASA.
The ‘Milky Way’, photographed near Lake Titicaca in Peru. Image courtesy of NASA.

The ‘Wild Bee Wisdom‘ from Fiona MacLeod and David Wagoner spiraled up again to the surface in a conversation this morning with a fellow Via Transformativa sister.

I have deep appreciation for just how timeless this wisdom and inspiration is, so wanted to share that again in this freshly updated piece from the Sophia’s Children treasure-vaults.

If you’re of ‘this little clan’, as Fiona MacLeod wrote, you’ll recognize yourself in this.

Big Love,
Jamie

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Smoky Path from PDPhoto Smoky Path from PDPhoto

Most of us have experienced it at some point: “There’s no going back.”

That’s one of the big differences between change and transformation.

With transformation, there is no ‘back there’ to return to, because ‘back there’ is rubble. Probably smoking rubble. Well-burnt toast.

We’ve been places, created things, experienced relationships, lost much, and have left (or been wrenched from) things and people as Life took us into radically new territory and explorations.

If we’ve been traveling a transformation path, our very way of perceiving and believing has been irrevocably altered.

We’ve crossed through threshold after threshold.

Sometimes these Wisdom-initiating shifts and transformation detours come via more radical means: the archetypal ‘shamanic lightning bolt’ (and shamanic ego ‘dismemberment’ and/or death), or  by way of what the vision-poet writer Fiona MacLeod called the  ‘dark and starless roads.’

If we’re lucky, in hindsight we see these life-altering events and seemingly meandering paths…

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New Transformative Experiences Series at Sophia’s Children

You'll find a new content series birthing here at Sophia's Children, joining the Black Madonna & Divine Feminine Mysteries and Empaths & Sensitives Series -- all on the nav-bar above. The Transformative Experiences Series has been gestating for a long... Continue Reading →

MuseWorthy Quotation: To Be Slowly Born

“No single event can awaken within us a stranger whose existence we had never suspected. To live is to be slowly born.” ~ Antoine de Saint Exupéry (1900-1944), from his memoir, Pilote de Guerre. Can we have patience for the... Continue Reading →

Angry People. Stay calm and keep on walking.

Mabel Normand in the 1914 Chaplin film, Mable's Strange Predicament. Image is public domain and courtesy of Wikipedia.
Mabel Normand in the 1914 Chaplin film, Mable’s Strange Predicament. Image is public domain and courtesy of Wikipedia.

This is a good reminder from Laurie Rohner, since the Energies of Now may well stir up the ol’ Hissy Fits and Tantrum Yoga outbursts, and the drama-drama-conflama moments.

Full moon, lots of zap-zone energetics buzzing around, and the ups-and-downs potentials of fiery and watery, yang and yin astro-energies (a.k.a. the energy field we live, breath, and interact in!).

Stay present, stay cool, and have your ‘soothing remedies’ at the ready!

(Head to the Sophia’s Children Empaths & Sensitives Series for other timely tips on ‘Hissy Fitters’ and ‘soothing remedies’!).

Big Love, Deep Breaths, and and a nice cup of cucumber, lavender and peppermint tea!
Jamie

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watercolor illustration by Laurie Rohner Think of a peaceful place and let the anger go.

Let me share a story with you.

Yesterday an email hit my inbox from Etsy. It was for a custom order. I opened the email and found this young women ranting with profanity about how I had sent her a twitter feed and to stop it. Now I admit I don’t know how things work but I do know that this was her issue – not mine. I replied back explaining I had nothing to do with her feed being filled up with my etsy posts – 5 to be exact –  and she was not to contact shop owners through the custom order request. I said I was sorry this happened and wish her a better day. She then shot me another scathing email how she has reported me to twitter – hum don’t understand why – and that…

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The Interspiritual Revolution

The Lady of Shalott Weaving, 1881, by Howard Pyle for Alfred, Lord Tennyson's The Lady of Shalott. Illustrated by Howard Pyle. New York: Dodd Mead & Co.
The Lady of Shalott Weaving, 1881, by Howard Pyle for Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s The Lady of Shalott. Illustrated by Howard Pyle. New York: Dodd Mead & Co.

Sharing this blog-sibling’s wonderful article, linking back to a 2015 article here at Sophia’s Children when I mentioned an InterSpiritual gathering just after last year’s Aries New Moon (late April 2015).

I’m loving the first image here … an image speaks a thousand words, and then some.

Spiritual warriors in each generation … or each ‘volunteer-soul wave’, as Dolores Cannon called it … have helped to contribute to, seed, explore these possibilities, helping to create a layer of foundation (both material and energetic, seen and unseen).

They, and perhaps we, explore into different possibilities, inquire into various questions and possibilities, looking for common threads to weave a bridge over the chasm of what divides us.

This particular InterSpiritual perspective offers just one thread or possibility in an ongoing, emerging conversation.

See what it stirs for you.

Big Love,
Jamie

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How the Occupy Generation Is Re-Envisioning Spirituality

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“We must all achieve our identity on the basis of a radical authenticity.. [for] it is only in the real world of the person – neither singular nor plural – that the crucial factors influencing the course of the universe are at work.” – Raimundo Panikkar, “The Silence of God,” Introduction p. xviii

There can be little doubt that traditional religious frameworks are no longer speaking to new generations as they have in the past, especially in the West. In a recent article in the LA Times, Philip Clayton, Dean of Faculty at Claremont School of Theology, writes that the fastest growing religious group in the United States is “spiritual but not religious,” containing a shocking 75 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29. Clayton argues that young people are not necessarily rejecting a sense of God, rather they feel that religious organizations are…

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The Singer’s Voice and The Well

“Tyranny cuts off the singer’s head but the voice from the bottom of the well returns to the secret springs of the Earth and rises out of nowhere through the mouths of the people.” ~ Pablo Neruda, trans. by Alistair... Continue Reading →

Rewriting the Story – From Weathered Wise Man

This is a really excellent reminder about the stories we tell ourselves, and live, so I wanted to share it with you, too, after I came upon it a few days ago. What I appreciate about this story is that... Continue Reading →

Perdita and Our Divine Gifts

This is such a beautiful and evocative painting from Sandys. I saw it when I was browsing images in my files and, though I wasn't aware at the time its connection with Winter and, in a way, the Spirit of... Continue Reading →

QuoteWorthy: Collecting Shards

"I'm touched by the idea that when we do things that are useful and helpful, collecting these shards of spirituality, that we may be helping to bring about a healing." ~ Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015) Leonard Nimoy's signature role and character,... Continue Reading →

Jung on Separating from the Herd, and Vision Quest Stirrings

Archer at the opening ceremonies of the Barcelona Olympic Games -- an exquisite and elegant moment!
Archer at the opening ceremonies of the Barcelona Olympic Games — an exquisite and elegant moment!

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.

Hebe Giving a Drink to Jupiter, 1767, by Gavin Hamilton. Public domain image (date precedes copyright).
Hebe Giving a Drink to Jupiter, 1767, by Gavin Hamilton. Public domain image (date precedes copyright).

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.

Reflection Questions:

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,
Jamie

In the Orchard (1912) by Franz Dvorak. Public domain image courtesy of Wikimedia.
In the Orchard (1912) by Franz Dvorak. Public domain image courtesy of Wikimedia.

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In 'The Path', by Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947), the artist depicted his own arduous journey through the Himalayas, and also symbolized the 'Narrow Path' taken by true spiritual journeyers. In ‘The Path’, by Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947), the artist depicted his own arduous journey through the Himalayas, and also symbolized the ‘Narrow Path’ taken by true spiritual journeyers.

“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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Music Medicine for Saturn-Neptune: The Way You Dream

Music, inspiration, vision, and dream -- and other domains of The Muses -- are very much in sync with the Neptune archetype. The discipline to put those inspirations into action syncs with Saturn. So it's fitting to share a bit... Continue Reading →

You are Part of an Ancient Story: Wisdom, the Beloved, and a Love Affair with Earth

My friend and compadre, Dayna, shared this Parabola Magazine interview yesterday (thanks, Dayna!). It's good holiday-time and Season of Lights inspiration, to be sure, and well beyond this season, too. This particular interview features the wisdom, inspiration, and sharp insight... 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 →

The Alchemy of Now: Vision and Story, ‘Normal’ or Enlivened

New Moon, New Stories ... or the possibility seeds for just that, any time we're in need of the good remedy of rekindled vision. Our dominant stories can either grind us down and suck the lifeforce right out of us,... Continue Reading →

Creativity, Vision, Renewal, and Deep-Yin Time

Wherever we are, whether we're moving into the season of shorter days and longer nights, or easing from daylight to the dark of night, we move into the Deep Yin cycle of Nature. Ancient wise ones -- and some of... Continue Reading →

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