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Epiphany and the Power of Your Presence

e·piph·a·ny To reveal. Shine. Manifest Revelation. An Illuminating Realization or Discovery Resulting in Elation, Awe, Wonder. It's Epiphany, or the first of eight days of Epiphany ... well, it's more than that. This year, Epiphany follows close on the heels... Continue Reading →

“Responding Creatively” as a Kind of Activism (and Coming Through Perfect Storms)

Ever wonder just what you can do, contribute, in the face of what often seems overwhelming odds, too much tragedy and suffering, and powerful pot-stirrers who seem to jones on and profit from the mess? I know I've mused and... Continue Reading →

There’s a Reason It’s Called ‘Golden’

Generally, when something's "golden" it's considered good, optimal, desirable, refined, auspicious. A golden opportunity. The Golden Rule. The Golden Mean. Someone who's able to turn straw into gold -- creating something valuable, that benefits others, from humble origins or 'raw... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: The Train (Finally) Leaves the Station.

In the film Sliding Doors, Lydia makes a frustration-laden comment that's a fair expression of the recent weeks (or couple of months). Ever found yourself thinking like this? "I'm standing on the platform at Limbo Central with my heart and... Continue Reading →

Appreciation to the Tribe of Invisible Mothers

Yes, Mother's Day, and a happy one, with best wishes, for traditional mothers everywhere. There is another tribe of mothers, though ... ... probably several ... that go unseen and unsung in our culture. It's this tribe -- my tribe... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: Shifts, Mindfulness, and a ‘Way of Monk’ Quote

I'll begin with the Way of the Monk, Path of the Artist quote, because it came up, resonated, and intuitively seems timely: “One thing I keep coming back to is a sense of deep certainty that the way of the... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: Fire in the Head, and Other Water-to-Fire Musings

Have you noticed a bit of a change in (inner and outer) atmosphere in recent days? For several weeks, we enjoyed (or not) a concentration of those flowing (or snowing) Piscean energies in the macro-sphere, as Venus and Mercury joined... Continue Reading →

Flame-Tending: Who (and What) Feeds Your Flame?

It's a fine time, with a change of season opening -- that "in-between seasons" season -- to check in with the Divine Spark, the inner flame, the vision-seeds germinating under the surface, wanting to be showered with nourishment and attention.... Continue Reading →

Energy Hygiene, and a BlogShare: Why I Quit My Dream Job – Brennalea

It's been a wild few weeks, on the macro and micro, and life's kept me busier than usual in the local, interpersonal, in-the-thick-of-it realm. Even so, quite a few Sophia's Children musings have been brewing and incubating, so stay tuned.... Continue Reading →

Standing Together for Shared Values to Overcome Challenges

Happy New Year to you! In the previous post, I shared Pat McCabe's inspiring message about The Magic of Water (and Sacred Relationship). This is another musing about sacred relationship, water, and standing for the shared values that unite us.... Continue Reading →

What Makes You Come Alive? And Other In-Between Musings …

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." ~ Dr. Howard Thurman So advised Dr. Howard Thurman, the... Continue Reading →

Discerning Vocation and Purpose

St. Bernard of Clairvaux. Stained glass at St. Louis R.C. in Buffalo, NY.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux. Stained glass at St. Louis R.C. in Buffalo, NY.

Early this morning, Bernard of Clairvaux popped into my awareness. It’s said that he would wake up each morning and, as he rose from his pallet, would ask, “Bernard, Bernard, why have you come here?”

In that spirit, it seemed a fine time to re-feature a Sophia’s Children musing that mentions Bernard: Discerning Vocation and Purpose.

This musing includes a couple of other ‘favorite inspiration sources’, too, so may it stir your inspiration and fortify your ‘authentic purpose’ vision-seeds.

Big Love (and happy Scorpio-All-Souls week),
Jamie

Sophia's Children

Smoky Path from PDPhoto Smoky Path from PDPhoto

“What a long time it can take to become the person one has always been. How often in the process we mask ourselves in faces that are not our own?

How much dissolving and shaking of ego we must endure before we discover our deep identity—the true self within every human being that is the seed of authentic vocation?

We arrive in this world with birthright gifts—then we spend the first half of our lives abandoning them or letting others disabuse us of them…

Then—if we are awake, aware, and able to admit our loss—we spend the second half trying to recover and reclaim the gift we once possessed.”

~ Parker Palmer, Now I Become Myself

This is one of the most frequently asked questions,whether directed to mentors, counselors, coaches, astrologers, psychics, our “believing mirrors,” and, in prayer, to the Divine: What is…

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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

How Powerful are the Stories We Tell?

"We need to find this thread of the real story of our life—not the story that we see on the television or the news, not even the story our parents tell us—but the real story of our life; you can... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: The Golden Thread, Ikigai, and Raison d’etre

The symbol and metaphor of The Golden Thread resurfaces for me every once in awhile. It's a lovely image, and a beautiful reflection to work with. Though this is always a powerful and helpful metaphor when we need it, it's... Continue Reading →

Vision-Seed Fishing at Dark of the Moon

Are you aware of them yet? The Vision seeds and soul-and-heart yearnings that stir, beckon, and nudge you into new awareness and adventures, and towards new horizons? I write this on a Monday (the day named for the Moon), in... Continue Reading →

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

Sophia's Children

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 →

Jung, Astrology and Synchronicity

“My evenings are taken up largely with astrology. I make horoscopic calculations in order to find a clue to the core of psychological truth. Some remarkable things have turned up which will certainly appear incredible to you. "I dare say... 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 →

Fresh Beginnings: Who’s Your Muse?

New Solar Year. New Lunar Year. New Moon. New vision. New beginnings. New adventures. New mindset. Any time we begin anew -- or want (or need) to stir new inspiration and meaning into what's already underway -- it's a fine time to invoke our Muses. This Sophia's Children article explores the tradition of the Muses of Inspiration, and how we might connect with our own Muse ... or Muse Posse! You'll even find clues about how to spot the Muses in your astrology chart (which itself is a clue-map from a long-running wisdom tradition!).

What Makes You Come Alive? #Blesstival-2016

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." So advised Howard Thurman, the philosopher and theologian who was... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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