Adventures in Awareness Issue #4 - 2016
“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” - Carl Sandburg, American poet, writer, and editor who won three Pulitzer Prizes. (6 January 1878-22 July 1967)
Flowing Into Introspection
My professional and personal development journey took me to magical Sedona (Arizona) last week, where I participated in the first of three modules about Human Consciousness Architecture. I’ve deliberately created ‘white space’ in my calendar this week to reflect on and integrate what I learned there. I’m also contemplating what I experienced about myself as I explored these new perspectives. New pathways are opening for increased self-awareness and effectiveness in human interactions, and I’m excited about weaving them into my coaching and personal relationships.
By Carl Sandburg’s quote in the sidebar, I’m choosing to invest my time in this integration process, making my message this time purposely brief.
CONTINUING THIS ADVENTURE INTO AWARENESS
What is your belief or attitude about making time for introspection and integration in your life?
I invite you to consider this question and, as you do, notice what new awareness emerges from within you. And please remember to have FUN on that awareness adventure into the question, okay?
THE ENERGY SOUP REPORT:
Since we’re all inextricably interconnected to each other, our planet, and our universe, here are some of the energies we’re all swimming in together right now:
Full Moon - Feb 22nd 10:21 AM [Pacific Time] ~ All full moons shed light on what has been in the shadows, and challenge us to integrate two seemingly opposite energies and areas of life and also illuminate the truth, including the consequences of our choices.
The Power Path ~ This full moon provides an opportunity to be proud of your accomplishments and your disciplined commitments. If you are faced with situations that test your choices, remember to be true to yourself and to put your own self-care first. Beware of the temptation to hold on to something that is not right just because you have put a lot of energy and time and possibly even money into it. The freedom you will have in letting go and the energy you will have to put into a new choice and commitment will far outweigh any past investment. This full moon may also bring something unexpected. You can be proactive with the unexpected by expecting the unexpected to be supportive, inspiring, exciting and new.
Stephanie Austin, EcoAstology ~ The next full moon, which peaks on Monday, February 22 at 10:20 AM PST in Virgo–Pisces illuminates where we need to balance intellect with intuition, effort with surrender, and judgment with compassion.
Madeline Gerwick, Business Astrologer, Polaris Business Guides ~What’s coming to light and being seen at the Full Moon on February 22nd appears to be a new vision from our leaders. Yes there are some challenges with the new vision, but they appear to be minor to our leaders. On the other hand, the public sees only entrenched challenges that continue to persist without resolution. (Too much government debt?) No doubt some think it’s time for revolution! This new vision though does have some merit so at least give some consideration to the ideas presented by your boss, political leaders, etc. Some of these new visions may relate to areas such as foreign policies, education, health care, religion, or international travel / immigration. This cycle (Sun conjunct Neptune) is just coming into range at the Full Moon and it will peak on February 28th. It stays in range through March 6th. This can also be a good time to have photos taken or upgrade your images on your web site. It can also be a good time to create or redo your logo. The good news with this Full Moon is that there’s energy afoot for practical, high-growth possibilities (Jupiter trine Pluto) that could yield big dollars. The bad news is that the economy is moving into a period when growth is slower, maybe even no growth, until we get to July (Jupiter square Saturn).
Cosmic*Intelligence*Agency ~ Full Moon of VIRGO, the 6th zodiac sign, and second mutable sign of the Virgin Earth Goddess signifies a time to account for many things. A time to analyze what we have harvested on all levels; practical, mental, emotional and spiritual. We are completing emotional lessons in being of service, our work and in honoring our bodies. This is a time to take inventory and critically analyze what nourishes us literally and in our local environment and communities. Virgo lunar energy brings a very grounded mood which is great to clean up your act with.
Feb 7-Mar 6 is the “Galactic Moon [Month] of Integrity” according to the Galactic Calendar – its energies are harmonize-model-integrity; its Totem Animal is Hawk. “We manifest together the Universal Soul. Yet each on is a Universe, a holographic whole…The world comes to meet you when you’re living in your heart. Together with our planet, let’s create a work of art.” ~ Galactic Sun
February Theme - COMMITTED CHOICE
The Power Path - Lena & Jose Stevens: January’s theme of RESET brought with it numerous opportunities for change and change often brings choices and decisions. Some choices and decisions are generated by your own chosen resets and some are a result of a reset you may have experienced from the outside.
As we enter February we encounter good influences that will take your choices and decisions and feed them with some momentum allowing for action, manifestation and flow. There are two elements that are necessary for this to happen: Commitment and discipline. Commitment to the choices and decisions you have made will ensure that you get the most out of them. It is a message to spirit that you are truly serious about what you have chosen and intended, what you desire and wish for…[Read more…]
Ongoing ENERGY SOUP:
Mercury Retrograde - Jan 5- 25 2016 - Mercury rules all types of communication, including listening, speaking, learning, reading, editing, researching, negotiating, selling, and buying. Mercury also rules all formal contracts and agreements, as well as important documents such as book manuscripts or term papers, agreements, deeds, contracts, leases, wills, and so forth…When a planet retrogrades, astrologically it is in a resting or sleeping state. Therefore, while Mercury naps, the activities that it governs don’t have the benefit of a well-functioning, wide-awake planet to supervise them. Expect a certain degree of pandemonium to ensue! This is a time to check and double-check anything related to communications.
Mercury Retrograde - Jan 5- 25 with continuing effects though Feb 8th – Stephanie Austin, EcoAstrology - This Saturn–Neptune square is part of a larger synodic cycle of 36 years. Squares mark important turning points; these are waning squares, considered by Dane Rudhyar ‘a crisis in consciousness,’ where we must re-orient ourselves and release forms which no longer support our growth…Saturn–Neptune squares challenge us to manifest from our essence rather than our ego, and to follow our intuition and inner guidance rather than external authority and convention. We are summoned to spiritual maturity, which entails letting go of martyrdom and victim mentality, blame and guilt, addictions and illusions. By making more time and space in our lives to connect with our higher self, we are able to see where we have been in denial, where we have abdicated our power, and how we can instead live with both integrity and vision, pragmatism and faith. As we engage more with nature, meditation, and the wisdom of our heart, we see through the fears and beliefs that block us from embodying our truth…
Some ways to work with this ongoing Saturn-Neptune square:
- Simplify. Less can be more—more time, less hassle.
- Prioritize. A powerful mantra: What is most important in this moment?
- Set realistic goals. Make reminders of what is most important to you.
- Listen to your body. Aches, pains, illness are are messages that we need to make a change.
- Pay attention to your dreams. Both day and night dreams provide valuable pointers.
- Give yourself daily soul time. Meditate, do art, play music, dance, journal, walk, etc.
- Be completely honest. Tell the truth always, with compassion for all concerned.
- “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty” (Anne Herbert)
- Be in gratitude. Thankfulness opens the heart and the way for more blessings to come.
- And most importantly: “Practice responding to every emotion or thought of fear, anger, resistance, shame, judgement, excitement, or whatever with one word–“interesting”, asking yourselves; “What am I believing that is making me feel this way, is it true?
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