Grieving – A Reminder to Connect

by | Jul 18, 2016 | Adventures in Awareness

Adventures in Awareness  Issue #7 - 2016

“The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.” - Helen Keller, American author, political activist, and lecturer (27 Jun 1880-1 Jun 1968)


A Reminder to Connect

Our little family is in the process of healing from the recent passing of Sebastian, our beloved canine ‘child’ who, for almost 15 years, was a kind and loving friend to each of us. We all were nourished by his joyous and playful spirit, and looked forward to his enthusiastic welcome any time we came home, whether we had been gone 5 minutes or 5 days. We’re now beginning to be able to talk about him - most of the time - with fond memories and smiles rather than sadness and tears.

While this time has been a challenging and painful one on many levels, it has provided a space in which I’ve been reflecting on the preciousness of the time we have each day to engage in our life and relationships. At this point, whenever I feel the presence of Sebastian in our home [which is often] I take it as a reminder to give my time and attention to those I love. Perhaps my heart needed this visceral opening as a reminder to regularly set aside my tech toys, books and TV, and engage more fully with my friends, family and community. It’s also been a reminder to prioritize my own self-care and healing time.

While I will always miss our little Sebastian, his memory and spirit will continue to guide and inspire me to remember that each day and each person in it is a priceless gift never to be taken for granted.


I invite you to consider the following question and, as you do, simply notice what new awareness emerges from within you.

Who are the ones in my life that deserve more of my time and attention and how might I consistently remember to give my attention to them?

And please remember to have FUN on that awareness adventure into the question, okay?

Happy exploring!



Since we’re inextricably interconnected to each other, to our planet, and to our universe, below are some of the energies we’re all swimming in together right now.

FULL Moon - Tuesday, July 19th 3:58 PM [Pacific Daylight 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 ~ Work with the earth during this full moon. It is a time to ground and anchor new truth, new personal practices, new intentions, new resolutions, new relationships and new ideas. If you are still operating out of old structures, they may take the opportunity to self-destruct. In fact, this full moon could bring in a time of witnessing the self-destruction of old outdated structures. On the other hand, it can also bring in a new frequency of energy that invites us all to play in that higher emotional center. It is a time when all those snippets of inspiration and exciting new ideas can be anchored into a more grounded reality. The key will be balance; focus on balance, especially balancing time for yourself and self-care with what you put out for others. What you gift yourself during this time will truly nurture you at a deep physical level. Focus on love - for yourself and others.

Stephanie Austin, EcoAstrology ~ The next full moon, which peaks on July 19th at 28 degrees Capricorn-Cancer, highlights the importance of balancing personal needs with maturity, freedom with responsibility…In essence, the theme for this full moon is emotional responsibility. As a water sign, Cancer immerses us in the complexities of feelings and needs, kinship, and belonging. As an earth sign, Capricorn compels us to master the constraints of physical reality and the tests of personal power. When integrated, we have emotional intelligence - the ability to witness, code, and act on the information our feelings provide, in ways that honor both our needs and the rights of others.

Madeline Gerwick, Business Astrologer, Polaris Business Guides ~ What’s coming to light at this Full Moon is that both leaders and the public are dealing with some unexpected, radical, or perhaps fundamental changes…Something big could be up for the East Coast, which could be major weather or earth changes. Or perhaps it’s political changes…the Republican Convention is right in the midst of this Full Moon…also has a cycle associated with volatile, and unexpected adjustments…the good news is we have some very structured, calm, gracious and conservative communications. This is especially helpful for logistical planning and putting forth your most professional self. This will hopefully calm down some of the rough energies.

Cosmic*Intelligence*Agency ~ …This full Capricorn moon spotlights the unconscious and squares up to the agent of change, Uranus: transformation can come about through surprising new means. By letting go of the obsessive need to control (others or even oneself, and noting that discipline is not the same as control), developing trust in those tell-tale gut-instincts can now help get closer to one’s essential self and stay on center…In short, this moon is for surveying old walls as well as creating careful new markers for future reference - all of which is subject to change.

Jun 27-Jul 24 is the “Cosmic Moon of Presence” according to the Galactic Calendar –   its energies are ENDURE-TRANSCEND-PRESENCE; its Totem Animal is TURTLE. “In simply being, you are the synchronicity of the universe.“ ~ Deepak Chopra

July Theme - “Transformation

The Power Path - Lena & Jose Stevens:  Radical, sudden, emotional, excruciating, higher centered, painful, ecstatic TRANSFORMATION. And, it’s all about LOVE. July is a 2-act play. In the first act, the first two weeks, you are likely to get a tour of your emotions, fears and all the attachments that are in the way of this transformation. The second act begins on the 16th and brings love, compassion and a higher emotional centered energy to everything, anchoring this TRANSFORMATION through beauty and love. Read more…


Mars Retrograde –  Jun 26-Aug 27, 2016 - Stephanie Austin, EcoAstrology - While retrograde in Sagittarius, Mars summons us to re-examine our most fundamental assumptions, question our strategies, and realign with our higher Self. Are we living our life purpose? Are we walking our talk? Where do we need to take a leap of faith?

Venus-Mercury-Sun in Cancer Grand Trine - Jun 30-Jul 22, 2016 - Stephanie Austin, EcoAstrology - From June 30 to July 22, first Venus, then Mercury, and the Sun in Cancer form a grand trine with Mars in Scorpio and Chiron in Pisces, making it easier for us to open our heart, clear up misunderstandings, and close old wounds. Trines put the wind at our back; we can go far, but only if we raise our sails, so allowing extra time for quiet contemplation and healing interactions is especially beneficial through much of July.

Saturn-Neptune Squares –  Sep 10, 2016 - 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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