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The Dawning of a New Day, New Year

“The Dawning of a New Day, New Year”

a blog post from Scarlet Korvina

So! I think most of us are aware now that this New Year, January 1, 2014 presents to us a most auspicious alignment with the New Moon! In and of itself, this is a rare and wonderful occurrence when the start of a new annual cycle is blessed with the energy of planting new seeds representing the harmony of our conscious intentions and subconscious needs.

But digging a little deeper, this New Year/New Moon has a powerhouse of additional planetary energy combined with it that I wanted to make sure you were all aware of! I don’t normally post images of the charts I’m referencing but for this one, OH YEAH! If you’re fluent in the language of astrology, the visual alone will make sense to you on sight as it did for me when my deeply respected friend and astrologer, Maja D’Aoust, initially showed it to me and my jaw hit the floor!! But I don’t think you have to be proficient in astrology at all to recognize the giant red square formation with a red cross in the middle to conclude that such an event might be ‘significant.’

In “astrologese”, the formation is referred to as a Grand Cross which is basically the penultimate climax of the square aspect. Where as two planets at a 90 degree angle on their own form one square, here we have FOUR planets at 90 degrees to each other and two pairs opposing each other to form the ‘cross’; so in total four squares and two oppositions.

Translation? Squares and oppositions create tension and the intense pull for much needed action. As with all transits, this action can be self-initiated or thrust upon us by some external situation working as a catalyst.

In this particular Grand Cross, the players are JUPITER, MARS, PLUTO, and URANUS!! Yeah. God of growth and expansion, God of aggression, drive, and war, God of the underworld and soul change, with the God of primordial chaos and revolution… all squaring off at the same party.

Just let that sink in for a minute…. I’ll wait.

(The final scene of “Reservoir Dogs” comes to mind… )

So with that, I could caution you all to moderate whatever measures you take to initiate your liberation from whatever you have felt restricted by. For some that may be self-imposed limitations and defeating beliefs that we project onto our outside structure that we ourselves created but now feel too confined by. Others may be fighting to finally own their courage and voice to live as their hearts dictate. And still some may encounter one of the more negative expressions of this energy; actual oppression or domination by some over zealous authority. If the latter is the case, your best bet is to safeguard and stand firm against the abuse with all you have and exercise any opportunities you have to literally LEAVE the situation when you can. Whatever looms on your personal horizon, I feel there’s little chance of things NOT coming to a head! This is pivotal ground we’re walking on. And in truth, taking the steps necessary to rebirth ourselves into a new awareness of being is the most positive expression of all this energy and right on point with what it intends to do. I find it no surprise that I keep seeing memes echoing exactly this vibration!

meme

But there’s always a potential downside to steer clear of and with the particular aforementioned Gods, I’d advise you to be aware that the push toward expansive growth can backfire if done with rash abandon or the power you wish to own is not rightly ours to take. Pluto can be especially harsh with his lessons when power is used for manipulation and control. So whether you’re applying your efforts on the mundane plane or you’re one of the metaphysically inclined planning to shift some serious energy tonight, take the time out to think it through! A shift is inevitable so there is no need to rush, push, or act on impulse. You are not likely to let anyone stand in your way, and that’s fine, but remember that you can attract more flies with honey than vinegar. If you can find a way to allow others you must work with in order to make the journey toward your goals smoother – (ESPECIALLY those who hold authority over you) – see that you also have their interests in mind rather than being entirely self-serving, the better your odds of aligning your collective universe to a common will and the better your chances of success!

But thank all that’s Divine and holy that helping us engage the much needed temperance and perspective to consider the long term ramifications of our actions is SATURN!! With his placement in Scorpio in a harmonious trine aspect to Jupiter, Saturn combines with Jupiter to bless our forward strides with stability and endurance. (This is one of the wonderful times that I get to point out praise for Saturn!!! He gets such a bad rap so I truly enjoy the moments when I can promote his attributes. J) Indeed, Saturn may be our strongest saving grace to help us take a serious account of ourselves and thereby save us from finally gifting that one special person an out-of-the-blue high five… in the face.. with a chair. It’s not worth the baggage you’ll undoubtedly bring with you in the New Year and remember, this is about shedding, freeing, and letting go so drop that past and walk onward and away!

My last bit of advice isn’t meant to instill fear because more often than not, physical manifestations of the energies don’t seem to come to pass but given that this is holiday particularly given to drinking and potentially altered judgment with lots of travel in between, BE CAREFUL out there!!!! Uranus opposing Mars can mean sudden accidents in one’s mobility so by all means, LIVE YOUR LIFE but consider this as just a head’s up that there is an extra bit of energy in the air to give the right circumstances the push they need to blossom! So don’t.

So on that note, I wish you all a blessed start to this new year. It would be by delight to see you all joyful and truly coming into your own as directed by your highest good! Follow your bliss and may it serve and fulfill you completely! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! <3

(*P.S. I found some great additional tips to help usher in the changes you desire that fall right in line with a spiritually conscious way of living in this great blog, “A Revolution in Resolutions: 6 Steps to Calling Your Deepest Desires Into Your Life” by Marylee Fairbanks. Good stuff!! ^_^

chart 1 jan 2014

What Does A Successful Spell Look Like?

What Does A Successful Spell Look Like?

A blog post by Gina Leslie  


Whether it’s called intentioning, manifesting, or casting a spell, we focus the energies of our desire to accomplish a specific goal. But do you know what actually achieving that desire will look like? Do you know if your spell worked? Are you so focused on it manifesting in a specific way that you fail to see other opportunities to the same goal, thereby sabotaging your own efforts?
 
A Parable and a Caution (Be Careful What You Wish For)…
A few years ago I was stuck in a dead end job where I was constantly told I wasn’t good enough. I answered help wanted ads and sent out resumes for years, to no avail. I finally decided to do some spell work to change my situation.
 
First I did work to change my mindset. That actually worked and for a while, although I still wasn’t happy at work, I wasn’t miserable either. I was in that state of I can’t fix or change it so I just have to learn to live with it (while still trying to find a better job).
 
When things at work got unbearable again I did a “job spell”. I asked for a better job. I asked for a job where I would be happier, more appreciated, and more fairly compensated. I didn’t ask for a specific job or a specific kind of job because I am qualified to do many things in addition to what I was currently doing and was willing to do something else if it would get me “something better”.
 
It took a while for me to realize that this spell worked also. There were some personnel changes in my office that redirected the interpersonal dynamics. So, for a while I WAS happier and although I was not appreciated in my office, there were others outside my office (and higher up the food chain) who were asking me to do more work for them and THEY were appreciative of my efforts on their behalf.  The spell worked, but not in the way I was expecting.
 
I did two more job related spells after I got demoted a year later. I was told I wasn’t qualified to do what I was doing after 8 years of doing it and I had to take the demotion or quit (I’m pretty sure they were hoping I’d quit). The job that I was to fill became vacant because someone else got a promotion. I did a binding spell so that my boss couldn’t hurt me any more.  It brought an uneasy truce.
 
Then I did a more specific job spell. I said I want a better job. I wanted a job AWAY from the company I was currently working for. I wanted a job where I was actually a member of the team and not just lip service that I was. I wanted to escape the entry-level job I had been saddle with. I wanted a raise.
 
Lo and behold, several months after doing that spell I was offered a transfer. I was sent to another department where a job was created for me that did not exist before. It was an office where my skills were needed because the department was being underserved by other departments who did not see their needs as a priority. This other department is about half a mile away from the office in which I was working.
 
See where I’m going with this? My spells were working. I don’t know why the universe has conspired to keep me within the same company, but I’m willing to go along with it for the time being. This is obviously the path I have to take to get where I’m going. This time I recognized right away that this was the result of my most recent job spell. I had to laugh at the irony.  I have almost everything I asked for (it is AWAY from where I was before) and going to work is much more enjoyable.
 
You never know HOW your spells will manifest. Can’t find an out of print book you REALLY want? Maybe you need to pay attention to that friend who keeps asking you to go with them to the swap meet. Want to travel somewhere but can’t afford it? Maybe that contest you saw to win a trip to somewhere is the way to get there. Love your job but having trouble with your boss? Try manifesting the perfect job FOR YOUR BOSS – an offer he/she can’t refuse – so that (hopefully) his/her replacement will be someone better suited to you (I tried that one too – maybe HIS perfect job is one where I’m not his employee anymore).
 
If you open your perception to the myriad ways your spells can manifest you may find that you actually ARE getting what you asked for.

*Please note each Blog is the unique expression of the Blogger and does not speak for The Green Man as an entity…but rather is one of the many diverse colours that make up our Green Man Tribe.

Out of the Mud Grows the Lotus

Out of the Mud Grows the Lotus

blog post by Scarlet Korvina

“In the end, I’ve come to believe in something I call the ‘physics of the quest’, a force in nature governed by the laws of gravity. The rules of quest physics goes something like this: If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting and set out on a truth seeking journey either internally or externally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared most of all to face and forgive some of the most difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you.” – Liz (Eat, Pray, Love)

lotus in sun

 

To back track just a bit…. Jupiter (then in Gemini) ended his tense square off with Chiron (Pisces) on May 17th and has recently moved into working with the wounded healer with increased harmony and ease in a trine aspect that began on July 25th.

Jupiter is the benevolent god of gods who extends opportunities for huge leaps of growth, healing, and expansions of consciousness. Chiron, the wounded healer who learns so well his own wound he is able to teach and heal others but continues to struggle with the unhealed wound in himself.

As we have all had plenty of time to witness, Jupiter squaring Chiron had many of us feeling an unrelenting pressure to allow the past pains we would rather forget about to fully come to the surface of our conscious awareness where we could finally deal with them in the light. While we saw the process would likely be painful, Jupiter also imparted the vague awareness that doing so would bring joy, peace, and overall wellness to our being. It’s as if we caught quick impressions of the feeling we could attain once we healed and came out on the other side and the promise of this liberation from suffering has helped us endure the process it takes to get there.

But before we arrived at this acceptance and at many points during the process of the healing that still continues, many of us found ourselves acting out from places of fear. Some acted out self-righteously by rigidly holding on to the philosophies and spiritual beliefs we thought kept us safe and insulated from pain; often to the extent of aggressively pushing these beliefs on others to accept and validate them. Others displayed an exaggerated optimism that injuries would right themselves by simply staying positive despite avoiding doing any of the real work until finally we’re hit with disappointment and disillusionment when the issues don’t just go away. The creative and inventive species we are, we can express a wide variety of defenses using the combined dogmatism of Jupiter and the fearful over-caution Chiron can inspire.

Now that Jupiter in Cancer has not only moved into the far more co-operative trine aspect with Chiron in Pisces but has also simultaneously found himself in a steamy grand trine liaison with Mars, Neptune, and Saturn (SO just like him!),  the urge to heal, grow, and attend to our needs is presently stronger than ever! The healing processes we began during the square aspect are still underway but we can now enjoy a shift in attitude that reflects this ease of cosmic tension.

Suddenly, the path forward may feel a lot more manageable as we feel our spirits lift in hope and optimism that is rooted this time by truth, as Saturn in Scorpio grounds our expectations, brings integrity to our efforts, and gives us the fortitude to do the work involved. Mercury’s recent retrograde in Cancer and ongoing opposition to Pluto in Capricorn is helping us dig deeply to uncover the truth about what keeps us stagnant and resistant to change. Probing analysis about unresolved emotions and the conditioned habits and responses we learned to adapt to protect ourselves in the distant past, frequently in childhood, inspires new perspectives about who we are today, what our real needs are, and what we can afford to release because it no longer serves our highest good.

Neptune and Chiron in Pisces offer faith, compassion, generosity of spirit, and spiritual enlightenment while, again, Saturn helps us separate inspirational wisdom from deluded fanaticism.

From our internal processes within to the external day-to-day dynamics that color our lives, this powerful and emotionally heightened grand trine configuration in water has set the stage for us to heal our hearts of past wounds that block our ability to experience the full scope and power of love in all its guises and to free ourselves of the need to hold onto fear-based strategies to cope with pain that may have once helped us but limit us from growth today like bandages around bound feet. We now have a very gifted opportunity to make tremendous advances forward in our soul’s spiritual evolution and thereby find the mirrored manifestation of this in our external world represented as tangible opportunities to achieve life goals! Some of us may also find ourselves traveling not only in mind but body in the exploration of spiritual wisdom.

As I spent some time experiencing these energies via clients, family, and friends and walking the same walk in my own life, I came away with a few pearls of wisdom that were mined during the excavation of my own heart. True to textbook, I leaned heavily on the wisdom of my spiritual path, the mentors and trusted friends I’ve been blessed with that were kind enough to offer me their objective insights, and various other resources of literature. While I know there are still many legs left yet on the journey, I (and many of my clients and friends) have begun to put learned wisdom into practice with extremely rewarding results! So as we ALL live under the same sky, I’ve chosen to share what has resonated as truth in my experiences but always, I encourage you to take what  resonates as truth for YOU and ‘dismiss what insults your soul.’

·      Assume others do not use the same emotional ‘script’ that you do and COMMUNICATE your needs.

·      Give yourself permission to cry and space for another to do the same. It’s cleansing. Replace “Oh, don’t cry!!” with being present. Often a gesture of comforting touch and silence is enough.

 ·      Tightening in the heart and chest is the knee-jerk response to resisting pain. When you feel it, breathe and let the resistance go.

 ·      The key to staying present is directing your consciousness, much like you direct your vision, to what is happening in your heart at any given moment. Left unattended, we miss important cues.

 ·      Meditate. In addition to creating space for answers to come to light and finding your center, it will help you get used to what it feels like to practice directing your consciousness if you are not familiar with this already.

 ·      Imprints on the heart are emotional experiences we have not let go of and have become emotional blocks in our heart chakra.

 ·      Negative AND positive experiences can become emotional blocks. We resist and submerge the negative and cling to the positive but both have the potential to spiritually “calcify” and/or close our hearts entirely.

 ·      Have the courage to look at what is happening in your heart without fear. Fear limits the messages we will allow ourselves to see. When we can look without fear and be willing to see anything, it becomes possible to see EVERYTHING. Answers can be instant. Fear is the cap that keeps truths submerged. When we remove the ‘cap’, the truth at the core of the feelings rises up into full conscious awareness where we can practice objectively observing ourselves feeling the emotion and what it has to tell us. Like spirits that haunt us in desperate attempts to communicate their message, once the message has been acknowledged, the feelings are free to leave; often without any further effort outside of recognition.

 ·      Get comfortable with the truth that this effort will be an ongoing practice that you will likely improve at but will always need to do. As soon as one emotion is released, there will always be another to take its place.

 ·      The practice of acknowledging and releasing emotions and staying present as you allow them to pass through you – whether they stem from painful imprints from the past or the events happening presently – is the key to maintaining an open heart. 

 ·      Maintaining an open heart free of emotional blocks creates a vacuum of space for the Universe to fill with infinite, unconditional love, light, and gratitude. We FEEL light and free. This is the source of inner joy. J

 *(If you would like to explore these and other soul-enriching concepts of mindfulness, I enthusiastically encourage you to check out “The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself” by Michael A. Singer)*

 Much love and abundant blessings to you all on your journeys!

*Please note each Blog is the unique expression of the Blogger and does not speak for The Green Man as an entity…but rather is one of the many diverse colours that make up our Green Man Tribe.

Scarlet Korvina

Peruvian Healing with Giana

 Several years ago I had the urge to see Peru, but choices I made prevented it from happening. When Giana Cicchelli came to The Green Man I was reminded of this desire.

My first experience with Giana was during a shamanic ritual she led at The Green Man.  The ritual really triggered some childhood memories, and I found it both positive and negative in the moment.  In traditional therapy I had been encouraged to do some ‘inner child’ work, and had come up blank. After that ritual, I seemed to make tentative connections with the ‘inner child’ concept. I attended Giana’s second ritual, which was a Fire Ceremony to “let go” of something holding us back. I honestly don’t know what I specifically let go of at that ritual, but the desire to work with Giana just kept growing.

In November, I gifted myself a “Soul Retrieval” working with Giana.  It is hard to describe the transformative work that occurred, but it helped explain so many of my reactions to change in my life. The setting was a quiet room. Using stones and rattles to work the energies, Giana guided me to sift through memories and track the root of a pattern of behavior and responses. Awareness is key to making most positive changes in our lives, and the knowledge I gained during the session has served me well since.  So many choices we make are based upon previous experiences; when those experiences were painful, traumatic or just neglectful, our continued choices are often not in our best interest.  Pulling back the energy from the experience and re-patterning choices is part of the soul retrieval process.  After the session, Giana mentioned that I would probably be feeling the changes for the next month or so. To be honest, it’s been over three months now, and I am still seeing the ripples of positive changes showing up from that work.  It has affected my mental, physical and emotional being in ways too numerous to count, but a regular routine of exercise and more emotional balance and resilience are two of the most obvious.

In January, Giana facilitated a Peruvian Shamanism 101 six-week series that I was excited to attend. This is a hands-on class working with archetypal figures and making use of rocks, stones and other natural items to effect change in our lives, as this is core to the Peruvian Shamanic tradition. During the class we regularly ‘checked in’ and we all noted the change in many areas of our own lives and that of the other class members, including Giana. As the class finished, I have found this practice to fit nicely into my life and I continue to find it supportive to my daily routine.

Giana with Shaman

As I found this work and practice to be very positive, I checked in with Giana about some of her thoughts and experiences.

1. Why are you drawn to Peruvian Shamanism practice?

I was drawn to the Peruvian shamanic practice because I have always had an interest in shamanism. Shamanism is the kind of practice that you need to have a teacher for, and I was waiting for some shamanic teacher to eventually ‘pick’ me! Hahaha. I met Esther Jenkins (School for the Shamanic Arts, Glendora, CA) through a friend of mine who had taken some workshops with her. The second time that my friend mentioned Esther’s name I told her that she needed to give me Esther’s contact information. That night I had a dream, wherein Esther showed up and told me that I needed to call her. I called her the next day and we met for coffee. She told me about her upcoming workshops, and that was that! I was in! I had found a shamanic teacher.

While working with Esther I fell in love with the Peruvian practices: speaking to the plants, rocks, trees and working with archetypical energies of the universe. After my first year with Esther I took a trip to Peru to visit Machu Picchu and the sacred valley. My trip and my work with Esther sealed the deal! I felt akin to these practices, the vibration of the cosmology, and knew that I was in line with my highest purpose.

Also, in my ten plus years of practicing magick, I always knew I was a healer but didn’t know any methodologies to practice healing people. Too often I would try to heal people, but just end up feeding them all of my energy while being drained. The Peruvian tradition is mainly focused on healing, and the different modalities with which to heal, so I feel I have found a practice that is functional and practical for what I wanted to do. The Q’ero modalities of healing are diverse, insightful, highly effective, and I don’t come away drained anymore.

2. Explain the Soul Retrieval process.

The soul retrieval process is the reclamation of the wounded self. I have a video that goes into further detail here (www.youtube.com/watch?v=otqY9zpN2FE)

In the Soul retrieval process I take my client on a journey into the underworld to find their lost soul pieces. People’s soul pieces fragment off when they experience a trauma that they cannot emotionally process or comprehend at the time of occurrence. When we travel down to the underworld, we find the trauma, disconnect from it and reclaim the soul part. I have been told that soul retrieval is like 5 years of therapy pushed into one hour! I feel it is a profound way in which to heal the past and disconnect oneself from being a victim.

3. What benefits have you found personally as a result of your Shamanistic practice?

Ha!! You should ask my mom and sister!! They both tell me of a visible change that occurred in my demeanor and attitude since I began practicing the shamanic path. Personally I have found that through shamanism I am able to step into my power, and step into my life’s purpose. Before I began this path I was walking around a fragmented soul who was very very angry. Through the shamanic practice I have become more relaxed, more whole, and happier.

4. How do you think Peruvian practice can help others?

The practice of Peruvian shamanism is a very clean one, very high vibration, and very healing. In the world today, with all the people who are walking around as fragmented selves, I believe this practice can begin to heal the wounds of centuries. Being able to reclaim one’s childhood, one’s memories, is so ultimately healing and cleansing that I imagine Peruvian shamanism could begin to bring balance to our world (though I also believe that other mystical paths are doing the same thing!).

I encourage you to check out the links to learn more about Giana and her practice. She has a YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/user/gianabrynne and she posts new informational videos every Tuesday. She is available for energy healing work, and readings, at The Green Man, here is a link for more information: http://thegreenmanstore.com/2012/06/giana-cicchelli/. She is at The Green Man on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11-7; please call the store at 818-985-2010 to schedule an appointment. Giana will also be leading a Peruvian Shamanism 101 six-week series starting May 14th, here is a link with more details http://thegreenmanstore.com/2012/06/peruvian-shamanism-101-with-giana-cicchelli/ .

Krystal Rains

*Please note each Blog is the unique expression of the Blogger and does not speak for The Green Man as an entity…but rather is one of the many diverse colours that make up our Green Man Tribe.

“Dancing with the Devil in the Pale Moon Light:

A Tango with Saturn in Scorpio”

 blog post by Scarlet Korvina

Dancing with the Devil in the Pale Moon Light: A Tango with Saturn in Scorpio

March 31st. 2013. 12:29 am. Sunday. Easter Morning.

For the record… as I think I’ve just come into awareness of an insight previously not discussed (by me) related to the wisdom of Saturn in Scorpio…

In addition to teaching us about taking responsibility for the ways we intimately connect and share resources, Saturn in Scorpio also schools us in taking responsibility for our own psychological and emotional health during the process of tremendous inner transformation; which entails staying consciously present to doing the real work of self-maintenance.

I by no means wish to invalidate the cases of depression or some other emotional/psychological dis-ease that truly warrants additional aids such as therapy and/or medication in one form or another. But I’m not talking about “clinical” depression or neurological dysfunctions here (although I know some might even argue those can be traced to dietary deficiencies). Rather, I’m talking about the more generalized but pervasive and persistent undertone of melancholy, fear, grief, loneliness, self-doubt, self-criticism, or some glorious cocktail combination of any number of those that we all experience at some point in our human incarnation; personally and/or via our clients, friends, or family that is still within our scope of effective healing. And if the frequency of ads for every pharmaceutical invented to treat depression – regardless of the severity – is any indicator, it seems a safe bet to say that whatever the cause, emotional and psychological disharmony is a common theme many of us can relate to!

But before we sink fully to the depths beyond our own ability to heal, before we become engulfed in the vacuum of dark oblivion, Saturn seems to be reminding us of our responsibility for our own fulfillment and joy by making the commitment to actively engage in the work.

  • Connecting with some form of Divine Power that gives you strength in whatever way you do it for support and guidance
  • Meditating
  • Practicing patience and tolerance
  • Practicing effective communication
  • Exercising
  • Eating nourishing food
  • Getting good sleep
  • Being in nature to attune to its timeless healing
  • Staying present in the NOW to:
  • Avoid getting too consumed in the anxiety of what’s to come
  • Actively monitor your thoughts so you feed yourself messages that will support growth instead of cut you down
  • Being kind to yourself

I’m sure there are a number of other life enriching practices I missed but I think these hit the basic key tenets.

The point is, depression being what it is, the pit can feel bottomless at times which requires our full participation in helping ourselves climb out. Mercifully, we may have the love and support of those who have our best benefit at heart and I say, by all means, let it in when help is offered. But it seems part of acknowledging our own responsibility for the reward of inner peace is recognizing the emotional, psychological, and psychic toll it takes on our loved ones and just standing up to do our part in that healing! This message and the reminders above may seem obvious or redundant, but I see too often within myself and others in my private life and professionally that when deeply immersed in the throes of our despair, we frequently fall into submission of the demons that bind us or simply can’t see our way clearly back to the light of what we already know to do.

As Saturn continues to oppose my Moon, this message has become especially poignant for me since this transit frequently finds people under it’s influence unable to find the support they once had for weathering life’s bangs and bumps because they won’t or simply can’t. I am grateful to have Saturn here to remind me of my own ability for self-reliance and have considered this insight one of my greatest gifts and best elevations in awareness. It was a remote realization in my academic consciousness before but there’s nothing like a little real life boot camp to really drive a point home front and center. Saturn sculpts and refines and leaves you strengthened and masterful in your lesson if you’ll let him. And I know the sooner I get on with the work, the fewer thorns I’ll have to step on in my path along the way.

We may not be able to shorten the path or avoid all the discomfort, but in being conscious of the energies we’re working with, we can actively participate in going with the current and assisting our own soul’s schooled awakening.

Saturn will eventually leave Scorpio (December 24, 2014 to be exact), and go on to teach us new lessons …related, I suspect, to the ways we practice what we preach (or not), exercise moral authority, and take responsibility for speaking our truth (or not) as he enters Sagittarius, to name a few. But the arduous task of devising ways to cope with depression when it appears will remain. If we can do our best to implement the responsible behaviors for our own healing now and from here on as the need arises, then maybe… just maybe the next time Saturn returns to Scorpio in another 29 years, we can take part in a new level of self-mastery in this lesson instead of repeating the same one!

Best blessings and conscious travels to us all!

 

*Please note each Blog is the unique expression of the Blogger and does not speak for The Green Man as an entity…but rather is one of the many diverse colours that make up our Green Man Tribe.

 

A new practitioner to The Green Man staff is Sherry Patterson LAc, a licensed acupuncturist.  During a recent event I was able to meet her and have a specialized treatment for Stress Relief.  It was unique to have three standard treatments listed to choose from: Stress Relief, Crown Chakra Pattern, and Indigo Triangle Pattern, as Sherry has focused her treatment patterns to very specific functions. The Stress Relief treatment focuses on general pain relief and calming the mind. I have had a significant amount of acupuncture treatments, by a wide array of practitioners, and I must say that Sherry has a light and effective touch with the needle placement. Sherry was the first practitioner I visited with that day and her treatment certainly set the stage for calming and centering before the visits to other practitioners.

Sherry specializes in Esoteric and Metaphysical acupuncture; this actually means that she is using the tools of acupuncture to manifest growth, insight and well-being in all the realms of human experience, not just the physical body. This more subtle and higher-frequency healing goes beyond the physical symptoms of a disorder or ailment to balance and strengthen the underlying body systems. Working with the metaphysical realms of spirit and soul clears and calms the mind, making it more receptive to the higher planes of existence.  Metaphysical Acupuncture can literally help you on your path to Spiritual Growth.

When I asked about how she found this manner of practice, she told me that her origins were in a Western Medical Orthopedic practice. She found that many of the patients were not responding well to the standard treatments, so she looked for a more integrated and effective way to provide relief from disease and discomfort.  In her search she found and trained at Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica. Her training also includes Reiki energy work, and she uses Bach Flower Essences to enhance treatments. She is also a certified Holistic Life Coach and finds that bringing all these protocols together helps provide a deep and lasting change to a client’s well being on all levels: Spiritual, Mental and Physical. She is also  highly experienced in providing you with the protocols and treatments provided by conventional  Western Medical Acupuncture.

Sherry has been pleased to find and become part of The Green Man community, and looks forward to working with a variety of clients. She is available by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3pm-7pm.  The cost is $50 for a one-hour session.  Please call The Green Man to book your appointment at 818-985-2010.

 

*Please note each Blog is the unique expression of the Blogger and does not speak for The Green Man as an entity…but rather is one of the many diverse colours that make up our Green Man Tribe.

A Reiki experience at The Green Man with Jayson Rivest

A Reiki experience at The Green Man with Jayson Rivest

a blog post by Krystal Rains

Have you heard of Reiki Attunements and wondered what someone was talking about? In January, I attended a Psychic and Metaphysical Healing Faire at The Green Man in North Hollywood. During my visit, I saw Jayson Rivest, a Reiki Master, who had been highly recommended.

During the visit, I had the opportunity to share a specific issue with him, but I chose to allow him to ‘scan’ and I was not surprised when he focused on my right shoulder. This has been a problem for approximately 4 years, since a car accident which totaled my car. The session is conducted in a quiet room, with soothing music, lying on a massage table, fully clothed.  During the ‘faire’ event, I spent 20 minutes with Jayson, but a standard session is usually 60 minutes. I felt very relaxed and calm, and at certain points, the air seemed to vibrate with energy.

The calm relaxed feeling lasted for several days. The range of motion with my shoulder, without pain, was improved more than any of my physical therapy sessions, but I also know I have not been good about keeping up with those exercises. After the session, it felt good to think about doing the strength exercises to improve my condition. That change of mindset has been one of the most amazing things I brought away from the session.

I asked Jayson a few questions about his path to Reiki work and thought I would share them with you.

1. How long have you been doing Reiki work? And then how long teaching?

While I have been doing energy work since the late 80s, I received my Reiki I/II attunements in February 2000 in San Francisco at a regional pagan conference known as PantheaCon. I was instantly blown away by the power and simplicity of the system and spent the rest of the year working on anyone that would stand still long enough (with their permission of course). After that transformative year, I knew that it was the path for me, and I went on to receive my Tibetan-Usui Reiki Master attunement in June 2001. I immediately started sharing what I had learned by teaching/attuning several close friends. Continuing my Reiki journey, in June 2002, I became a master in Karuna® Reiki, which was developed by the International Center for Reiki Training as a sort of ‘next step’ for Usui or Tibetan-Usui Reiki Masters. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life as the actual attunement took place inside Stonehenge. Now I share Reiki with as many people as I can through private sessions, healing circles, and classes.

2. What inspired you to learn to do this yourself?

From as early as I can remember, I have always had this knowing that my purpose in this lifetime is to be a Healer. I guess you might call it a vocation. Since I was a teenager, I have been learning and acquiring as many Healing tools as I can. When I went to PantheaCon in 2000, I saw a listing for ‘Intro to Reiki’, and I felt a pull in that direction. Over the years, I have learned to trust my intuition. That trust was well placed because the class literally changed my life.

3. Why did you choose this form of Reiki training?

Becoming a Reiki practitioner for me was more of a matter of being guided by spirit to that first Reiki class than it was a question of conscious choosing. That being said, I would have chosen this system of healing anyway because it is so simple, powerful, and fast. Other systems of energy work that I have learned require a fair amount of ritual, but with Reiki, it’s just ‘hands on, Reiki on’. That simplicity allows me to be instantly ready to help others in need which has come in handy many situations.

4. What is the one reason you would encourage others to take training? (I know there are more, but just choose one.)

That’s difficult because people can benefit from it in so many ways. I deeply believe that everyone has the right to live and the power to create a vibrant and fulfilling life. Teaching this class allows me to help them see and claim their own power; giving them the confidence, knowledge, and skills to create the life they want. In one weekend, they can positively change their lives forever.

Jayson will be teaching a weekend course on Reiki Attunement I/II at The Green Man on March 23-24, 2013. I am considering the training, but even more, I am looking forward to a future visit with Jayson and finding that calm relaxed feeling and keeping it around a bit longer. Jayson is available at The Green Man the 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturdays of the month from 11am to 3:30pm for 60-minute Reiki sessions. Please call the store to schedule an appointment.

Krystal Rains

 

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The Liberation of Surrender

The Liberation of Surrender
by Karen Tate

Writing my current new book, Walking An Ancient Path: Rebirthing Goddess on Planet Earth, required that I look back over years of happiness, sadness, revelation, success, disappointment and patterns.  Two of those patterns was my relationship to surrender and my acquired belief in universal wisdom.

Frankly, early on, surrender was not a concept I easily related to or thought much about.  Instead, like so many others in denial about their illusion of control or with a penchant for perfectionism, I believed  I staved off chaos and fear with organization, attention to detail and lists.  These tools help, of course, and lists made me feel safe.  I have daily lists, weekly lists, monthly and annual lists.  Nothing makes me feel better than an entire list with big fat red lines through all the things that have been completed.   And throwing a list away, with everything finally complete, well, now, that’s almost orgasmic   But sometimes the best planning does not guarantee the outcome is our perception of perfection, success or our vision of where we hoped things would lead.

Let me explain.  Thoughts of surrender were the farthest thing from my mind many years ago as I departed for Ireland to meet Lady Olivia Robertson, one of the founders of the international Fellowship of Isis, in person, for the first time, to be ordained as clergy at Clonegal Castle.    Before leaving the States, I’d meticulously taken care of all the preparations -  not just for my sacred journey, but for a group pilgrimage I was arranging for others traveling to Egypt in a few months.  Months and months of hard work.  Imagine the number of lists that involved   But while in Ireland, I heard the BBC telecast about the tourists in Egypt that had been gunned down.  I knew cancellations would begin to flood in.

Demoralized and disappointed, I sat at the breakfast table of my B& B just outside Clonegal Castle, head in hands, and I cried.  How could so much hard work and such good intentions, helping people make a sacred journey, be threatened in such a way?  Not just for me but for those pilgrims?   Then, like a fairy from the emerald meadows outside my window, Bridie the proprietress sat down next to me and began to talk.  In a soothing voice, she gently talked and talked.  She shared how business had been bad this year for her family and things looked really bleak.  She revealed she was really scared and heartbroken,  but she had faith things were going to turn around.  She told me she just kept trying and wouldn’t give up.  Bridie’s generosity of spirit, compassion and kindness touched me on many levels and my angst began to diminish.  Before too long I gathered myself, made some calls to the States  to keep the threads from unraveling further on my group going to Egypt and went on to Clonegal Castle for my ordination ceremony.  I will remember that day as long as I live.

By the time I returned home from Ireland, things had settled down in Egypt and in the media.  The group of pilgrims going to Egypt was very different than I originally visioned but they departed for Egypt and had a memorable journey.  Disaster averted, I soon forgot about Bridie’s wise words in Ireland.

Time passed and as one might expect, life continued to deal out all sorts of challenges.  Disillusionment and disappointment threatened to drive me from this path altogether.  The shadows seemed a much more comfortable place to be, but just as Bridie had appeared during dark times in Ireland, help came in the guise of the lion-headed Egyptian Goddess, Sekhmet, whose essence and archetype brought lessons for passion, tenacity and strength.

Not right away, but in time, I began to realize the obstacles being presented to me were in fact important detours and guideposts, forcing me down new paths I might not have imagined were my life’s journey.  People who made me crazy were simply pawns of the Universe providing the opportunity for lessons that needed to be learned in this life.  Still with all life’s distractions, sometimes when the struggle or the angst is behind us, when we are feeling happy and fulfilled, we sometimes forget those lessons that things are often really beyond our control, that we cannot always see the good reasons behind pain and frustration, and that outcomes often are not in our hands. And most importantly, we are measured by how we react and respond to the challenges we’re faced with.  How do we treat people?  Do we appreciate what we have?  Are we grateful for those in our lives that make our lives easier and happier?  Do we see the glass as half full?

Fast forward.  I received an email out of the blue.  My publisher was gifting me with six-hundred fifty pounds of  new books which needed to be accepted, signed for, unloaded and stored.  So what do I do?  I began making my lists, of course    I made arrangements for labor to move the 22 cases of books and  for UPS to deliver on a certain day.  I even discovered the shipping labels on all 22 cases were wrong and fortunately caught the mistake before a mis-delivery.  Surely now all I needed to do was clear some storage space and sit back and wait for the shipment.  But guess what?  Despite all the careful planning,  I came home from a weekend trip to find those 22 cases of books had been delivered two days early and had been sitting unsecured in the hallway of my apartment building.  But alas, it was all good.  Not a case was tampered with.  Sigh.  Surrender. Relief.  But it wasn’t over.

I took a deep breath and tore into the closest case  to look at a long awaited copy of this new book, Walking An Ancient Path.  Within a few minutes I felt that all too familiar snake-like creep of panic and anxiety inching up my spine.  Not only were there blank pages in the new book, but after all the extra time double checking, triple checking, list making, and email exchanges with the publisher, the final edits didn’t make it into this printing.  Damn   Imagine the embarrassment and frustration

But then, much more quickly than ever before – not in days or months, but within minutes, the upset began to dissipate and remembering kicked in.  It was as if a  light came on in my mind.  The lessons of Ireland and Bridie, of Sekhmet’s lessons of tenacity, of the book delivery, of other times of dark clouds with silver linings, all came rushing back to me in a wave and I actually began to laugh out loud.  Like a lightening bolt I heard a voice in my head…

“You cannot control everything.  You can only do the best that you can do then you have to surrender to what is to come.  Have you not learned this lesson yet, Karen?  Have you not truly benefited from life’s hardships, curves and challenges?  You must put away fear of criticism, fear of failure, fear of imperfection.  I don’t ask that you be the smartest or the best.  I only ask that you do your best and allow this faith to make you fearless.”

So what did I do?  What any woman does, of course  I called one of my sisters about the revelation. I started telling Lora about Bridie in Ireland, Sekhmet, the 22 cases of books and about the botched printing of a few copies of this newest book  We laugh together at this concept of the liberation of learning surrender  We realize it’s learning to trust in the wisdom of the Universe – or Goddess. Then Lora shared the email from her Messenger’s Circle that arrived that morning

“On this day of your life, dear friend, I believe God/ess wants you to know…..that perfectionism is the enemy of creation.  Nothing stops the forward march of any creative endeavor like the need to do it absolutely perfectly.  And who is to judge what is “perfect” anyway?  What I have judged full of flaws so many others have called terrific.  Maybe the definition of Perfection is something that actually gets done.”

It felt like another validating voice from heaven and laughingly we swore  to make this our mantra and tape it to our computer desks.  We contemplated bumper stickers

But I hindsight, I feel what was also important besides our personal epiphanies was I had to lay my soul bare, risk my soft under-belly, and share this with everyone, because we all have so much we can do and there is so little time.  So many of us have much we want to share – no matter our calling – but something hinders us and holds us back. We are afraid of not doing it perfectly or that others can do it better.  Or we are waiting for someone else to step up.   I’m suggesting you must be fearless and just do it   Not one of us can afford to hide our light under a bushel because of the fear of success or failure.  We cannot be paralyzed by things that may happen beyond our control, or fear of our imperfections or the criticism people might and will heap upon us.  We must just do our best.  We must strive  to liberate ourselves and surrender to the certainty we are playing our part in this macrocosm.  We must honor and trust in the wisdom of the Universe to provide exactly what it is we need.  We must remember we are each powerful players in the dance of creation and in these moments of angst, there is a gift- we just have to look for it.

So,  I am sharing my hard learned lesson with all of  you.  Learn to be pro-active and look for the gifts in life’s challenges.  See Goddess when she shines her light down a different path.  Appreciate life and don’t let fear create your reality.  Just go out into the world and be the best you can be.  Go out into the world and do

About the Author:
Karen Tate is an independent scholar of the Sacred Feminine, speaker, published author, ordained minister and radio show host.  Her first book, Sacred Places of Goddess: 108 Destinations, garnered prestigious endorsements.  Her second book, Walking An Ancient Path; Rebirthing Goddess on Planet Earth, a spiritual, socio-political look at how to mainstream the emerging revolution of thought – the Feminine Consciousness, was a finalist in the USA National Best Books of 2008 Awards, in the spirituality category.  Her weekly radio show, Voices of the Sacred Feminine, on Blog Talk Radio, is considered a treasure trove of wisdom and insight.  For more information, go to www.karentate.com

 

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What The *!@#$!* Is In The Air?!

 

What The *!@#$!* Is In The Air?!

by Scarlet Korvina

The original title of this blog was “Allies on The Road Home: Jupiter, Neptune, and yes, Saturn!” ….and then…  the world blew a fuse… or to put it bluntly, some among us appear to have lost their shit and it just got crazy out there with an onslaught of back-to-back, violent atrocities urging this new title’s question to roll off everyone’s tongues!

And yes, I felt the shift, too. The impact really hit home for me the night of the new moon, this past Thursday 12/13, when Uranus was also stationing direct in Aries. Initially, I felt the familiar Uranian charge and exhilaration; his electrifying brilliance amping up my third house ruling communication, thought, and perception. All night I was a buzz of energy somewhere between chattering away on Facebook and scribbling a flood of ideas in a frenzy trying to keep up on the details! And then somewhere between 3 and 4 am, I heard a crash that sounded like a sonic boom; so loud it shook my bedroom windows. I felt a small nodule of dread lump up near my diaphragm. With a boom that loud, I didn’t have high hopes for anyone involved and as I heard the sirens soon come rushing to the corner of my street, it felt like a trigger had gone off that snapped my focus back to the other side of Uranian energy: shocking bolts of change, lightning, sudden accidents, jolts into clarity. Indeed, Uranus seemed to be making himself known.  And paired with the God of war by way of being in Aries, the impact of metal on metal via our means of getting around (mars also = motion) made the incident seem like a hand delivered greeting card. With control, I managed to keep my submerged, foreboding fear at “uneasy.” And though I knew Uranus’s forward motion in Aries intensified by the new moon might jolt some people, I wasn’t prepared for the events that were soon to follow in the coming days!

Even within more personal areas of your lives, as Uranus gains forward momentum, many of you have noted feeling and witnessing evidence of a disruptive, agitated energy in the air. The Uranian energy to liberate us from what no longer works and make changes is building in aggression, impulsiveness, and impatience. It’s as if a live wire has been pulsating electric shock waves of fiery restlessness that manifests for some as an undercurrent beneath a seemingly placid surface that seems to say “I’m calm as long as you don’t fuck with me” and yet in others as UNHINGED, erratic, and often violent acting out. Those really fried by the voltage seem to be expressing an unleashed sense of entitled freedom to act on latent impulses or appear to have had more unconscious breaks in their awareness of traditional consequences raising the query about how this energy might further impact varying forms of mental dysfunction. Of course, by no means is this an attempt to neatly rationalize the horror of such acts but an effort to gain some understanding of our original “what the *!@#$!* is in the air?!” question and perhaps add a few more possible pieces to the puzzle as our hearts and psyches search for answers.

While I think I’ve certainly driven the point home about the Uranus-Pluto square and won’t belabor it here (please reference here if needed: “You Say You Want a Revolution”   and “Clash of the Titans, the Saga Continues”, I think it should be noted that this dynamic is still in play! As the two celestials steadily head toward another exact degree-to-degree square this coming May 2013, heightening their strength once again, the stage of established world order continues to morph. I have no delusions that similar and worse devastation as those incidents that have recently caught our attention here at home have been happening in several other parts of the world for some time now. As power continues to be abused, the suffering of the innocent, weak, poor… or even the common man with no health insurance seems to be taking a death toll. And while the role our own government is playing in the dramatic power play for world leadership is continually being questioned, still others are using this Uranian energy to rebel and challenge; to rise up and recognize a collective identity independent of its elected leaders. Those who want to influence the direction of the tide and choose not to take all the chaos of change lying down are taking stands, speaking out, and demonstrating a readiness to fight if necessary ..sometimes with cryptic reminders such as “Anonymous is watching.”

Though Saturn’s transition into Scorpio seemed to initially be met with trepidation and dread, a number of you have confirmed feeling at ease with the energy or at the very least, experiencing nothing noteworthy. Up until now, it’s been the old adage “no news is good news.” But sure, Saturn, the quintessential ‘boogie man’ of the zodiac, paired with Scorpio, the sign noted for the debilitating power of its sting, coming at you makes a lack of fear seem irresponsible! Well, in many ways both perspectives are right. Serious, difficult, transition IS happening but unfolding so gradually that it can be easy to grow accustomed to the energy as ‘normal.’ Saturn speaking Pluto’s language in Scorpio and Pluto speaking Saturn’s language in Capricorn and making a harmonious sextile aspect between them to boot, appear to have the two working in tandem to tear down and slowly reconstruct anew in a way that feels less like the painful urgency of giving birth but more like the slow passing of a gall stone. Essentially, this is Saturn and Pluto playing nice! Still, though the transformational death-rebirth process of new world structures will not be fast or easy, the mutually receptive nature of these two agents of power and order suggests that whatever comes in to replace the outmoded has the potential to be built more soundly and stand the test of time.

Additional clues to revealing what shapes these world renovations will finally assume come through the benevolent offerings of Neptune and Chiron. Shifting our focus to a desire to feel in some way spiritually connected and blurring boundaries of separation to embrace the elevated awareness that we are all one, Neptune empowered in its natural sign of Pisces graciously tosses in a unifying sense of compassion to our ready-to-boil-over cosmic cauldron! Thankfully, some of the Uranus in Aries drive to assert one’s own ego needs has potential temperance and a path to healing should that temperance fail. On the flip side (and with planetary energies, there is almost always a flip side), taking up the plight of the downtrodden, motivated by our heightened empathy to the suffering of others, can be the very fuel driving our Uranian energy in Aries to fight! However, given the elusive and sometimes deceptive nature of Neptune, it might well be advisable that we get clear on our reasons for rebellion as Neptune can just as easily blur the lines between ego and altruism. Still, Chiron, the wounded healer, also in Pisces, gives us all a greater sense of our collective wounds and, through the discomfort of that awareness, a mission to find the path to heal. Along the way, our faith may be tested and the attainment of true healing and unification will be work to be sure, but Saturn again forming a gentle aspect to both Neptune and Chiron suggests the work will be worth it.

Already emerging from our collective commiseration are more messages promoting our personal responsibilities (Saturn) to practice a healthy love of self, love of others, and love of our planet/universe. I see people replacing attitudes and methodologies centered on competition and ‘survival of the fittest’ with ideas and practices promoting co-operation and mutual support. A collectivist attitude that recognizes the wounds of one affect the stability of all and an awareness that our time to accept a more global responsibility to the ensured welfare of every thing living on this planet is running out is taking hold. Regardless of where our progress is now, our struggles alone to reform healthcare are one reflection of this. But as power (Pluto) and authority (Saturn) are most often reflected in government and big business, an arena most impacted continues to be in our relationship with said entities. Some are working more in trade eliminating the need for currency altogether while others are supporting small businesses over larger corporations. Some are asserting efforts to keep business in local communities while self-producing in various forms of entertainment (i.e. writing, music, etc..) and working independently through the popularity of online markets such as Etsy seems to be an ever-increasing trend. Collectively, through our separate acts of courage to take back individual power in varying ways – but especially economically – we seem to be refuting an old system that taught us to outshine and conquer each other with a determination to embrace a new system that recognizes there is room for us all to shine ‘doing our thing’ and further infused with the implied validation that “if I did it, so can you!” Separatism appears to be wearing a new face that supports individual beauty in a way that strengthens the whole rather than destroys it.

As we plunge toward the year’s end and, more notable, the much anticipated ‘end-of-the-world-but-probably-far-more-likely-a-catalyst-to-a-dramactic-shift-in-spiritual-consciousness’ of 12/21/12, I think most of us can sense that our tensions and battles culminating into any new lasting structural order are still in their early stages. Many of you seem to share a common consensus that the events leading up to, during, and shortly after will only be the beginning of a new journey of evolution. And though it is still too early to determine with absolute certainty which way the masses will incline and thus determine our futures, we have ample reasons to stay vigilant in our optimism and persevere. What I know I can direct is my own effort and to that end what I can say personally is this:

I don’t have any desire to glorify killers or blame inanimate objects. I don’t want to perpetuate hate or intolerance or greed. I want to celebrate our ability to achieve but with responsibility to each other and our universe and NOT with such an insatiable hunger for power that drives us to simultaneously destroy or ignore the weak or suffering. I want to stay aware to where tragedy presents itself enough to know where and what to send whatever aid I can give but put my focus on raising awareness, supporting healing, and practicing accountability and love.

And it’s my strong guess that most people I know along with most people you know and they know and so on.. would emphatically feel more or less the same. And it’s my feeling that anyone from any path, “spiritual” or not, who carries these basic desires for the good of all in their heart walks with the task of being a warrior of the light in this time of uncertainty, trial, and grim desperation. In fact, many of us may even feel a subconscious sense of having been ‘conditioned’ by unfolding events of the past several years continuing to now; often, it seems, a conditioning that somehow set us on our current path that now enables us to utilize our unique talents to provide healing, joy, peace, and laughter. And it’s my assertion that as we continue to recognize that there is strength in numbers, that the power of one –especially now – can effectively shift consciousness and change the world, that this is a fight that effects us all, that we really and truly are one with one interconnected future ….and ACT according to this awareness, we have hope. And it’s with this love in my heart that I intend to greet the dawning of the new day.

 “There Could Be Holy Fallout”

We are often in battle.

So often defending every side of the fort,

It may seem, all alone.

 

Sit down, my dear,

Take a few deep breaths,

Think about a loyal friend.

Where is your music,

Your pet, a brush?

 

Surely one who has lasted as long as you

Knows some avenue or place inside

That can give a sweet respite.

 

If you cannot slay your panic,

Then say within

As convincingly as you can,

“It is all God’s will!”

 

Now pick up your life again.

Let whatever is out there

Come charging in,

 

Laugh and spit into the air,

There could be holy fallout.

 

Throw those ladders like tiny match sticks

With “just” phantoms upon them

Who might be trying to scale your heart.

 

Your love has an eloquent tone.

The sky and I want to hear it!

 

If you still feel helpless

Give our battle cry again,

 

Hafiz

Has shouted it a myriad of times,

 

“It is all,

It is all the Beloved’s will!”

 

What is that luminous rain I see

All around you in the future

 

Sweeping in from the east plain?

 

It looks like, O it looks like

Holy fallout

 

Filling your mouth and palms

With Joy!

*(Footnote: Just after I finished writing this article, a good friend posted a link exemplifying this exact spirit of collective compassion and desired healing. If you feel the pull to be a more dynamic contributor to spreading the light, this isn’t a bad place to start so I’m including the link here for your consideration, too. 26 acts of kindness? I think I can do that. J

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/17/15972814-inspired-to-act-26acts-of-kindness-to-honor-those-lost-in-newtown-conn?lite

Much love and abundant blessings, Scarlet xo)*

Scarlet Korvina will be presenting a workshop on Dec 27th, Herios Gamas: The Alchemical Marriage of Sun and Moon

 

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Election Signals Sacred Feminine Ideals are Still on the Rise
by
Rev. Karen Tate

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It was touch and go there for awhile, especially after the first debate, when Romney fooled people by shaking his Etch-A-Sketch, then picked up some momentum. Or so it seemed. My stomach was in knots with his bump in the polls. I kept hanging on to Nate Silver’s predictions Obama would win the necessary electoral college votes and Rachel Maddow’s nightly reports that President Obama was leading in the swing state polls, where it counted most. But we heard Mercury was going into retrograde and we might not know the outcome of the election for weeks. I was preparing myself for more voter suppression, dirty tricks and another Supreme Court appointment – another steal by the Republicans. But then we got a few good debates under our belt. Some even said Mother Nature Herself stepped in, in the guise of Hurricane Sandy, to show Americans we need each other, we are a collective, and government can work. Some of the most cynical Republicans saw that first-hand and were only too eager to reach out to the government services they’re sometimes so quick to want to de-fund or abolish.

The weeks and months leading up to November 6th felt endless, certainly like a nail-biter.  Then, Election Day was here and it was over so quick! Ohio voters put President Obama over the top, and Republicans are still reeling from their rejection by American voters.   But that’s already the past now. What a difference a day makes!

Several days later we are filled with hope right can defeat might, that the light prevails over darkness, that Sacred Feminine ideals are still what the majority of people want. Yes, Mr. O’Reilly, we “want stuff” !! We want our educational system funded.  Investments in infrastructure and job creation. To keep the EPA so we have clean air and water.  We want assurances we aren’t going to go bankrupt because we get sick or can’t get medical coverage because of pre-existing conditions.  Obamacare morphing into a single payer system, or Medicare for all would be perfect, thank you.   We want a social safety net that guarantees we can retire in dignity and security. We want equality for women and human rights for gay people. We want immigrants to get a fair shake. We want peace and our liberties stolen under the Bush Administration restored.   We want fairness in the tax system and corporations to pay a tax penalty for out-sourcing jobs.  We want corporations to pay their fair share of taxes – the 1% too, and maybe even a bit more, because they’re the ones that can afford it.  Imagine if all the money wasted by the billionaires to buy our democracy had been put toward job creation and helping people out of poverty or aided our crumbling infrastructure?  Yes, we want stuff, like peace instead of war and our tax dollars spent on Americans and not the military industrial complex and corporate welfare for oil companies.  We want more regulation of out-of-control corporations that care about nothing but short-term profits and their bottom line.

And there’s “stuff we don’t want” too.  Student loans the size of home mortgages. And no, we aren’t fooled anymore with phoney promises of trickle-down economics. It works for no one but the rich who aren’t trickling anything down. We don’t want income disparity in this country or one religion with the power to legislate their beliefs upon us all. We don’t want any of the stuff the Republicans were pedaling; vaginal probes in women’s wombs, the de-funding of Planned Parenthood, and the destruction of Obamacare and Roe v. Wade. Neither do we want a war with Iran or more tax cuts for the 1% or your Ayn Rand, survival of the fittest ideas because the playing field out there is not fair or balanced. We don’t want a government so small it can be drowned in the bath tub because that’s a government that does nothing but fight wars and give corporations and billionaires all the breaks. We don’t want political leaders hell-bent on perpetuating racism, homophobia, sexism, environmental destruction, lies and fear, or denying science and inconvenient facts.

Yes, we do want to re-shape the patriarchal world because it’s leading us to the brink of destruction. We want to complement the ideals of the authoritarian Father with ideals of the Mother; partnership, negotiation, fairness, nurturing, caring, compassion, wisdom, freedom, justice, equality, peace, truth, empowerment of women, diversity, tolerance and getting back to what Nature teaches us – that things grow not from the top down, but from the bottom up. That’s a world with the Sacred Feminine, deity, archetype and ideal, restored at the center. A world dedicated to the moral imperative of our time; the empowerment and equality of women.

 

*Please note each Blog is the unique expression of the Blogger and does not speak for The Green Man as an entity…but rather is one of the many diverse colours that make up our Green Man Tribe.