“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
L is for Liberty. It also stands for Life, Laugh, and Love. How about Libra? That’s a good one, too. I can think of a few other words that start with L, but we’ll get to that in a bit. I wanted to focus on freedom first.
When Uranus moved first stoked the fires of social revolution in August of 2010, then slipped back into Pisces to give all the daydreamers a good kick in the pants, and then back into Aries in the spring of 2011, the entire world began to wake up. It was like a bell going off. We began to see we have been enslaved in many, many ways.
For generations, a handful of dark-minded control freaks have been trying to control us through debt-based money, alpha-male solar religions, parasitic political power, and corporate domination of our land and common resources. They’ve been doing a damn good job of it, too. Then, “Hello!” Uranus dropped in to say enough is enough.
That was just after Pluto entered Capricorn in 2007. He not only emptied our pockets, but pulled the plug on the elite’s whole financial game. (Remember, Capricorn is all about law, rules, responsibility, and finance.) The system is rigged, and Pluto showed us how silly it is to save interest-manipulated, credit notes in the first place.The upshot of Uranus changing us on a core level, while Pluto removes the shackles of money-fetishism, is freedom. Or, as the immortal Janis Joplin once sang, “Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.”
We’ve had enough of being told self-appointed kings, queens, and presidents—we rule because our blood is better than yours, old chap—know what’s best for us. True freedom requires real self-responsibility; not that ‘We-can-do-it-for you!’ brand the Illuminati sells at a 40% introductory discount.
Secret society stuff is so last century. No one needs a book of royal rules so thick we need others to interpret it. Besides, there’s only one basic, common law, and it’s as old as the Universe: do what you feel as long as it doesn’t interfere with another soul’s journey. See? No racist middleman required.
Uranus will stay in Aries until the spring of 2019. That’s a long time to work out the new, self-rule, Uranus in Aries, Age of Aquarius thing. If people think the Revolution of Self happening all over the world is something to watch, we ain’t seen nothing yet.
In the meantime, I caution everyone not to spend too much time fighting the Powers-that-Were. Otherwise, we end up forgetting all the good out there.
Instead of toughening our hearts on shields and batons, why not walk in the other direction and create a life without the need for corporate police? They can’t have the planet unless we give it to them, we strip-mine it for them, we ask them to write our laws, we pay them to govern us—they simply don’t have the womanpower to do it all on their own. Why not keep our focus on more positive things?
We can start with Learning to Live in the Light. Meh. More intelligence Leaks? Not a bad idea. Listening to the Land? Getting there. How about we all Lollygag…okay, I just threw that one in there ’cause it’s fun to say out loud. Try it! A smile won’t be far behind.
The point is not to let others drag us down anymore. The elite need us to be angry and fighting over things for their own world of psychotic greed to make sense. We don’t need to play that game anymore. We are free, and have been since the Age of Aquarius began in 2012; heck, since the beginning of last decade; errrr, since the 50′s… wait, wait, wait! Since 1904, at least. Whooaaa! …well, ever since time began.
As long as we find some Levity at the end of the day, or at least a reason to smile, we’re doing good. It’s all in the Link, I think.
Oh! And why not get Laid while we’re at it? Just for good measure.
~ Dancing with the Stars ~
Feeling out of sorts, lately? The planets are giving us plenty of reasons to feel like we’re being batted back and forth like a ball in a cosmic tennis match; and as the Sun moves into Libra, even more so. Wheeee!
For starters, we get some financial relief as Pluto goes direct on September 20th. Thank heavens! If I get one more bill in the mail or one more unexpected expense, I’ll scream. Ever since Pluto went retrograde this spring, my partner and I will get a little ahead, and we’re sitting pretty, and…oh, no, there’s goes the car’s water pump. Kaching!
Pluto, the Master Soul Gardener, has been trimming the hedges so frickin’ close lately that most of us have learned to do without the darned hedge! And if things aren’t thin now, we can certainly hear the clippers coming.
Now that Pluto’s gone direct, we can expect those little hidden costs to come to an end. So, if anyone is about ready to shoot the mailman on sight, we can put the checkbook back in its holster; though, I wouldn’t put it that far out of reach.
Then, on September 21st, Saturn sextiles Pluto. It will help us get more comfortable with the Aquarian Age’s new dimension of liberated, spiritual living. For those who have been looking out the window in yoga class, putting off graduation to get in one more kickass party, it’s like being handed a cheat sheet during the final exam.
The thing is, at this point, no one should need the answers—we’ve been living them for the past decade. We are the cheat sheet. Everyone knows what to do with their lives now: create a fair and just society that benefits the entire world; indeed, the entire galaxy.
Finally, the Sun enters Libra on September 22nd. Although this sign is ruled by beautiful, supa-smexy Venus, Her incarnation in Libra also carries the Sword of Justice. I think a certain group of solar cultists have been missing that fact for some time, and one can only avoid the Fall Harvest for so long.
It’s like the Illuminati think because they leveled the Goddess’ ancient sacred hills and placed phallus symbols there instead, that they would simply live forever; or that the Earth was just going to go along with that kind of long-term, masculine imbalance. No, I do believe Gaia has some ideas of Her own. All She needs is a willing co-creator—a Lover, for those that follow the Tarot—to thrive and survive.
We are the caretakers of this world, and it’s time we started to take that innate responsibility a little more seriously. The Sun’s passage through Libra this month will help us remember everyone deserves to be treated with respect, and that freedom is our birthright.
~ Everyone Remain Calm, It’s just the New Age of Aquarius ~
As many readers know, I’m having UFO encounters on a nightly basis. Still nothing face-to-face, but sometimes it’s like that scene at the end of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. *grin* Well, not really, but I’ve seen so many flashing lights now that I’ve had a chance to try and figure out patterns. Definitely not Morse code, by the way.
Between that, the shiny UFOs that disappear and reappear, and the orange balls of brilliant light zooming over our apartment, I have to confess, I haven’t been able to work out much. I’m flabbergasted at the whole experience. Like Close Encounters, as one tech says to another after being blasted with a chorus of lights and sounds from the mothership, “It’s the first day of school.” Or, as my geeky friends like to say, “I’m such a noob.”
I really don’t get most of of it.
But! I have managed to work out a few things; and I feel now may be the time to start passing on some of the telepathic messages* I’m picking up from them. As best as I can, anyway.
Recently, in regards to my fear of an in-person encounter—seriously, some nights it’s like an electric field around my partner and I when they get real close, like being close to a transformer, and it’s very, very scary—they sent this message:
‘Fear cannot exist in the same place as love.’
I take that to mean that were they to appear in person at that moment, even immobilize me to protect themselves from an over-emotional, freaked-out human, that all I need to do is relax into a state of love, and anything that vibrates in a frequency of fear will vanish. Including them; if they were truly hostile.
The star-people have been counseling me on existing in a state of love since they first showed up in my life.* I know they want us to figure out the next step in our human-galactic evolution, not fear it. Though it takes courage to step through the door of first contact, walk through it, we will. I do believe they are here to make sure no one stands in the way of that. *looks at the back of a dollar bill*
An important planetary inconjunction is coming up that speaks to the same thing the UFOs have been conveying to me: things unfold naturally, and with universal power, when we are in a place of peace and love.
Saturn will be inconjunct with Uranus on October 5th. Circle this date on the calendar as there will be a mass karmic adjustment and many things will move forward from here. It may be hard for some people to tell at first, but this Fall will mark an important turning point in the life of this planet.
There is elemental magick at work as Uranus is currently in fiery Aries and Saturn is in watery Scorpio. Fire and Water creates a very steamy environment for our emotional issues to play out with our spiritual work.
As I’ve said a few times this year, I foresee arguments and misunderstandings coming up with couples over who is standing in who’s way. Or, is that whom is standing in who’s way? How many times do we have to talk about this? How could you say that? It’s like you like fighting with me! Why am I in this relationship?!
Yeah, more of that.
This year is simply not conducive to walking hand in hand into the sunset with a lover. It’s hard to be at peace with our cuddle-bunny if our Heart is not at peace with our Spirit. If we aren’t comfortable with ourselves first, no one is walking off anywhere. This inconjunction will bring a lot of that drama out so that we learn to be more at ease with ourselves, our past, and the roads we took to get here.
We also need to keep in mind that Pluto begins to sextile Chiron (karmic wounds) at this time, and this, too, will bring up old pain. It’s super-important to take care of our close relationships as cosmic forces are aligning against anything defunct, unbalanced, and inappropriate.
‘Nuff said? Not really, next month will emotionally drown the entire world.
~ Full Moon in Aries ~
Where are today’s leaders? Where are our great revolutionaries? I keep hearing this question being asked again and again. Does anyone really expect a reply to that? It’s so easy to see:
They’re watching chemtrail and 9/11 truther videos on YouTube, they’re posting the same links on Facebook, they’re talking with family and friends about these issues, they’re watching the news get worse and worse, asking, “Why isn’t anyone doing anything about the mess we’re in?”
Well? How long are you going to keep those answers to yourself?
This Full Moon in Aries will be a Lunar Eclipse. It will be very conducive to showing us our own natural leadership skills. Aries is a born pioneer, finding innovative solutions to old problems, cutting through injustice and stagnation. When the Moon nurtures those qualities in us, things get unstuck.
The Moon will be exactly full on October 18th at 7:39 pm on the east coast of North America, the same time many witches and wizards will be heading out for their lunar eclipse celebrations. If we find ourselves sitting out and watching the Full Moon rise around that time, expect to feel a big “push” as thousands of pagans usher in the next wave of social renegades.
Except these rebels won’t be carrying torches; these ones are born with a completely different perspective that precludes violence—they’re born with a big fire in their Heart.
They’re the generation born between the beginning of the 80s and the end of the 90s when Pluto passed through Scorpio. They’re the ones who understand that if it doesn’t involve the Heart Chakra, it’s not worth being on the world stage. They are the Love Revolutionaries and their time is now.
Their first order of business seems to be to topple anyone or anything that only cares for 1% of us. They know that everyone counts. I don’t think the timing or placement of this Lunar Eclipse could be any more appropriate, and I urge everyone to get out and howl at the Moon this month.
Let the Illuminati, the New World Order, the Committee of 300, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Dark Ones, the Vatican and London and Washington, know we’re coming. With each self-actualized roar, let them know we don’t need them to make any more decisions for us.
Let them all know that we can take it from here.
~ It Sounds like a Whisper ~
I could only think of one song that fit in with all the love, change, and positivity sweeping the planet, Tracy Chapman’s, ‘Talkin’ about a Revolution’. She really nailed it in this song. It’ll be a movement that comes from within, from the most repressed, the ones who always bear the mistakes of the upper-class: the poor.
Sadly, being impoverished is becoming commonplace as more of us fall through the cracks. Yet, through it all, the one thing we’ve learned from the elite’s war on the poor is that we need to take care of each other. It’s when we’re down that we shine the most, and, in that, the rich have failed to oppress and drive us into submission.
Social revolution has to come from the heart if it is to have any meaningful and lasting change. They can kill our bodies, but not our souls. The rich could never have won that war; all they have succeeded in doing is displaying their mental illness around vanity and avarice. It’s embarrassing, really.
All the ‘red-carpet’ folks can do now is try and start new wars, keep their tab running, and distract us with pain, need, and torment. But, we are not powerless. As we just saw when they tried to start World War III with Syria, the masses stood up and said, “No!” Not one more senseless war fought for the benefit of the rich, corporate slugs, and defense contractors.
NO! to big daddy leadership, no to gods and clods, no to the rat race, no to religious divide and conquer, no to the Rockefeller school system, no to the police state, no to spy vs spy, and NO! to their sociopathic New World Order.
Sorry, silly rabbit, Trix are for Kids! And we are, after all, just a bunch of big kids with big hearts and one big goal:
“In the best of times, our days are numbered anyway. So it would be a crime against nature for any generation to take the world crisis so solemnly that it put off enjoying those things for which we were designed in the first place: the opportunity to do good work, to enjoy friends, to fall in love, to hit a ball, and to bounce a baby.”– Alistair Cook
We are the solution.
These are the words that ring in my ears after a hard day of saving Planet Earth. When I just can’t seem to find the strength to face one more cause, one more rally, when everyone and everything around me is in doubt and grief, these words echo in my mind. They remind me that the job is far from over.
I believe we each have a truthful phrase like that. Our ‘raison d’etre’. It beckons us like a distant lantern on a cold, dark night. I believe it’s what people mean by ‘finding themselves’. Without it, life holds little meaning.
Yet, as the New Age of Aquarius begins to set in, a lot of people are questioning who they are and why they’re here. It’s as if they had any real choice in the part they were born to play; no, my darlings, the only thing left to decide now is whether to follow through on why we came here in the first place.
We’re not here to be perfect, enlightened beings, anyway. We’ve done that before; long, long ago. Remember? Re-living all the same, old lessons is kind of missing the point, in my opinion.
We did not come to this planet to save it by walking a Path of Light. We came here to be the Darkness—to be born into it, to integrate with it, to struggle with it, to know it intimately—and then help that walk in the Light.
In so doing, we have brought love to a place that needed it most.
~ A Transformation is a Transformation is a Transformation ~
Well. It’s been a year and a month since I started writing these Guides. I’d really like to thank those who have been with me from the beginning for all the encouragement; and thanks to everyone for all the kind words. I can’t say how many times I’ve thought of throwing in the towel. If it wasn’t for all the positive feedback (and our sky-friends), I doubt anyone would be reading this now.
I’ve decided to shake things up a bit by dropping the descriptions on the signs themselves and concentrating on the current planetary configurations. Besides, how many times can I describe the signs? I would have done this last month, but I wanted to give someone, a Leo someone, a little lift for their birthday.
So, let’s get into it.
This month starts with a bang; though, maybe a challenge would be a better way to describe it. Perhaps a choice would even be better than that. Whatever way we look at it, there is certainly a lot of personal tension as we try to decide the next step in our personal and collective evolution. Both are now jostling for attention. Jupiter and Uranus have been slowly moving into an exact square position (on the 21st) that some may have felt as early as the beginning of August.
It’s a very unpredictable time as we work out how to honor the growth and care we feel for everyone with our own desire for personal freedom. We are have so much spiritual energy that it makes it hard to sit still. One minute we feel like lobbying for clean water, the next minute, we feel like saying, screw it, let’s go to the pub.
In this, I’d say we need to trust our intuition. What is our Heart telling us to do? Have a beer? March on Washington? Snooze til noon? Get laid? Go for it. I started this article with one of my favorite quotes, and I feel it’s sentiment is so important this month, I’ll say it again: try not to take life so seriously that we forget to have a little fun along the way.
I reckon we’ll get through this difficult Jupiter–Uranus square just fine if we do that. As long as we come back to doing right by the world, why shouldn’t be take some time for ourselves?
The point is not to let our sense of social justice supersede our own needs at home, and that includes those of our mind and body. Though it’s important to work on nutrition, exercise, and meditation, we also need some time to just get goofy with it, too.
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On a personal note, I have been through one helluva a transformation recently. I could barely get out of bed for days on end. Though it was exhausting, it certainly put things into perspective for me. When one only has so much stamina to do things, it becomes quiet easy to see what’s really important and what isn’t.
I feel that this is the key to the square with Uranus and Jupiter: perspective. What’s really essential in our lives? We are not alone in these confusing times; the entire world is starting to come together. That’s a lot of perspectives all vying for consideration. Try to keep that in mind when deciding which road to take this month.
We can respect our own need for familial peace and collective soul growth (Jupiter in Cancer) or carrying a placard to a demonstration to demand equal rights (Uranus in Aries). Have time for both? Great! We could use that kind of vigor right about now; however, if we find ourselves falling by the wayside then perhaps it’s time to take a break.
I often find that we miss the signposts that lead to our own enlightenment—or, at least the next step in it—by focusing too much on where our foot falls rather than the sights and sounds all around us. There is so much beauty in the journey itself. As a result, many of us have become so stressed out that our bodies have begun to lie down and refuse to move.
If we look up once and awhile, we can see others on their path, too. We can see that they have the same joys and troubles that we do. Suddenly, we’re not as alone as we thought. It’s then that the bigger picture comes back into view; it’s then we find the courage to get back up, dust ourselves off, and get back to work.
~ Mars Amps It Up ~
I don’t normally discuss the inner planets changing signs unless they are connected to other, larger aspects. These planets go through the signs so quickly, it often becomes astrological white noise that leads to unnecessary over-analysis. But! Mars entering Leo on August 27th with all the other stuff happening may make things a little difficult for everyone.
Both Mars and Leo can be hotheads, and the two of them combined will make it very easy to explode on people for the wrong reasons. With all the emotional grief we’ve been through this year, we need to be careful of taking out our frustrations on others. All the spiritual growth, no matter how generous we are to others, doesn’t mean we get to gripe at people who are lagging behind or don’t appreciate all our efforts.
One of the best ways of burning off all the extra masculine energy would be to take long walks, especially in a wooded area (assuming there is access to it; if not, even a city park will do). Trees, grasses, and other fauna are natural grounders into the ley lines of the planet.
Also, try and refrain from tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine at this time. They will only enhance martial activity. Maybe do a body cleanse for a few days until the Earth settles back down. By September 1st, things will be back on track.
~ Flash Emotional Flood Warning ~
The middle of September may also be difficult for many of us. Venus enters Scorpio on September 11th which will bring up a lot of relationship issues. For those who have been at loggerheads with their lovers (and family), expect to see all the same, old crap come up again.
Then on the 16th, Saturn, the Lord of Karma, will line up with the North Node which relates to our unresolved, karmic lessons. It will add one heck of a wallop to our already tenuous grip on personal peace. Unless folks are ready to have the curtain pulled back and see who they really are, I’d be careful of being too hard on others.
At the same time, quick-moving and thoughtful Mercury will oppose a retrograde, revolutionary Uranus. Been planing a trip? Uh uh. No one is going anywhere. It’s time to face the music. The stars are making sure we stay close to home and dance to it.
I think everyone can feel a sense of urgency now. We have a chance to break free from things that have been weighing us down for many lives. It feels like the last few grains of sand running through a celestial hourglass before we flip it over and start over. Or, perhaps start over without the darn hourglass. Something is about to happen and the suspense is more than most of us can take—batting around hot-button arguments with boyfriends and girlfriends is hardly conducive to making room for what’s next.
As I mentioned in last month’s article, if the love relationships in our lives have been hanging by a thread, they’ll be gone by December. We need to take care of them if they’re important to us. Now that I’ve had a chance to test the turbulent waters we’ve been swimming in this year, I can safely confirm what I suspected: we are growing, we are becoming bigger, wiser, and more mature, and woe be to anyone who is standing in the way of that.
It’s like we’re being pulled in a thousand different directions and the only thing we know for certain is that we need positive change. Knee-jerk reactions to stuff we no longer find important, carrying around old baggage, especially in relationships, has become so heavy, it’s almost impossible to find any motivation to keep going with it.
The only thing I have left to say (for now; more to come in Scorpio’s article) is to try and take it easy on those causing difficulties in our life. We love(d) them for a reason. Celebrate that. They helped us become the people we are today, and that’s worthy of being honored.
~ Full Moon in Pisces ~
One of the saving graces this month is the Full Moon in Pisces on September 19th. It reminds us all that the Sacred Feminine has not only returned to our tired and abused planet, it’s beginning to put the smack down. It’s simply not taking any more masculine, top-down, hierarchical bullshit anymore.
I, for one, am loving every minute of it. Any time I go out to eat and see some guy (or gal) tell their wife how awful their day was for the umpteenth time; and then their partner cuts them off and says, “What about my day?” Then reach for the check and say he better be prepared to put out when they get home, I just have to laugh my ass off.
It reminds me of an old, feminist joke I heard long ago: “God’s coming back and she’s pissed!” Not that I think the we need to reverse the unbalanced, sexual patterns, but it tickles me to no end to see guys have to back up and give the ladies some space to spread their wings and demand a little attention, too. *grin*
Thank goodness! I don’t think I can take one more day of some self-centered jackass telling me it’s all about who is strongest or smartest or how much stuff we have in life. Really? ‘Cause I can’t see how any of that fits into doing the right thing for our children. It seems to me it’s more about making sure everyone has enough to eat today than how much we’ll have in the bank tomorrow. Personally, I’d rather learn how we can share love than how much we should be charging for it.
This Full Moon is a chance to get out and get funky with the spiritual undercurrent flooding the planet these days. Pisces is about the whole enchilada, not just who is spiciest. We all count now, and the days of Kings and Presidents are over.
The uprising against the Old Boy’s Club all over the world is astounding. People have had enough of being told a corporate, imperial authority knows what’s best for them as the town well not only runs dry, but is dug up and replaced with a mini-mall that now sells the water for $1.99.
People are no longer happy with outdated goals and social values. They’re starting to fight back. We’re waking up to the wicked, debt-based, pyramid scheme and we see that the old system is at an end. Anyone who is awake knows it.
It’s time to let go of a phoney future with heaps of meaningless, stacks of paper and get on with a brighter today where all beings are recognized for their innate, living expression of Spirit. Money has no place in that. This Full Piscean Moon gives us a chance to groove to the new planetary rhythm.
Just, you know, try not to step on anyone’s toes while dancing up a storm.
~ Finding the Way ~
As we can see, the month of Virgo will be quite challenging. Although for those that have been tinkering away on their karma and personal integrity, it should be a cakewalk. It really depends on whether we’ve been doing the work, I think. It may be painful for some, but this year will give a lot of people the chance to catch up with the Way-showers.
For those who are currently struggling to keep their head above water, try not to sweat it too much. This is all part of the cleansing we had to go through to see that we have are not to blame for failing at capitalism and consumer greed. It’s not our fault that we don’t want to screw over our neighbors for a bigger slice of the pie.
The truth is there is no pie.
World peace is in our grasp if we all stand together. Well, most of us, anyway. People are ready for a better, fairer planet. All we have to do now is be true to each other and do what Earthlings do best—feel and create and be passionate.
In other words, it’s time to get out there, shake our little Gaian booty, and bring it on home!
~ You’re not Lost ~
I choose the song ‘Lost’ by Sunlounger to remind us that even in our darkest moments we are never really that far from home, if only we remember to let our Heart shine when all else fails. It’s in that instant that we’ll see that the Universe will never let us get too far from what matters most—love. And that’s a comforting thought.
There is so much difficulty surrounding us these days that many people have drawn the curtains and gone back to bed. Suffering has become so commonplace, it’s a wonder anyone even tries to make a difference anymore. Still, not only can we make a difference, but each of us is the difference.
Miracles are happening all the time. If we can’t see them, trying making one happen for someone else. In so doing, we imbue our own lives with magick; and, in the end, we become the miracle we were looking for all along.
~ A personal note for my Readers ~
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** I make no note of the new moon in these guides as it is hidden for a reason. All witches know that it’s not about verbal expression, anyway, it’s about the crazy, whirling, dance of life, the feeling of skin on skin, the spark of creation, the point within the circle. Talking about it is akin to standing up during the denouement of a play and asking if anyone else gets it. Just let it be.
I’ll leave it up to everyone to discover the elements surrounding the ritual of the new moon and its current sign for themselves. For, within that, one will discover the sacred path that eludes the uninitiated.
Since I have been taking a hiatus from the website recently, I have been working more and more on my health, gaining new knowledge all the time about how the body works and what it needs to thrive.
In early 2011, while researching our own health, we discovered, since there was nothing more that the doctors could do for Greg or myself in regards to our ailments, that there were GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) in our foods. We couldn’t believe our eyes!
We were shocked reading how they kill the good bacteria in your gut as well as compromise your immune system. They also cause a whole slew of other physical issues in addition to lowering the immune system, it can cause Cancer, Sterility, Autism, ADD, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Crohn disease, Celiac Disease, IBS, Fibromyalgia and many other diseases we see people of all ages have now.
We researched more and more, so we started taking non-GMO holistic supplements for pain and inflammation as well as taking multivitamins. As time went on we eventually shopped solely GMO Free. Greg a little earlier than myself as I was still addicted to sodas until October of 2012, yes, last year!
This is what has enabled me to get out of bed completely so that I could eat more non-GMO food and get better by cooking on our own, in addition to getting our meals more frequently than once a day. When I stopped drinking sodas completely in October of 2012, I began to be able to get out of bed 6 out of 7 days of the week. Prior to this, I was lucky to get out of bed, other than for a meal, 3 0r 4 days out of the week. When I would clean our house, it would take me hours to clean one corner of the room, then I would have to sit down and rest.
The Cymbalta made me sweat more than usual, no actually, I used to get my clothing drenched, just from running up and down the staircase once. It also gave me hives, sleepless nights, and made me forgetful as well as not being able to think straight. It would take me 6 hours or more to write an article. At that point, the doctor gave me three other medications just for the symptoms.
Once I stopped taking the medications for the side effects and then the Cymbalta for my Fibromyalgia, starting from December 2012 to March of this year, I was completely healed! I didn’t want to mention it until I was sure, but I am sure, I haven’t had pain in months and I get out of bed EVERY SINGLE DAY now and have been since March. That’s 5 months with absolutely NO pain and the ability to get out of bed everyday, when I had been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in January of 2009, that’s 3 years in bed, for the most part!
How did I take myself off of Cymbalta, you ask? Greg researched how many beads a day you need to take out of the capsule in order to wean off of them. A lot of articles stated to take out 3 beads a day out. For instance, the first day you take out 3, next day you take out 6, the next day 9, and so on until you are off of the medication. This equates to taking yourself off of it at a rate of 1mg a day. This way you will not be plagued with nasty side effects from the withdrawal, such as brain zaps and seizure type side effects.
Because I had been on SSRI’s (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) for 25 years, I had emotional issues when coming off of it. I was very angry and my behaviors were out of control and I was crying a lot, which is why I was not writing. I am better now, but it was a rough transition, however I no longer am on any SSRI’s and I am no longer depressed or have anxiety and after 25 years of being on them!
In addition to not having Fibromyalgia, Anxiety, or Depression anymore, I no longer have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Hives, and I lost over 100 pounds as a result of not eating GMOs.
You can heal yourself too! It is all in what you put in your mouth and asking vendors or markets you go to, lots of questions about their foods and where they get them from. If they are not forthcoming, or do not know, I would pass on buying their products and look elsewhere. Or perhaps do research on that particular company.
I think I have done an excellent job on healing my ailments with just a bit of research and changing my eating habits as well as shopping in many different places, mostly at Trader Joe’s, but we do get some things from Co-op’s and Farmer’s Markets (you still have to be careful as they do have some GMO vendors), but wherever we do shop, we always look at ingredients and if we can, try to make a lot of things on our own.
We need to all live healthy lifestyles and what companies put on the shelf that have been approved by the FDA or USDA even, may not be healthy for you! We have to watch what we put in our mouths always!
After the March Against Monsanto in May of this year, I had been asked to be the “Chapter Leader” for our County in Pennsylvania for GMO Free PA, a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. In addition to all of this, I was also asked to build their website. When we get the website going, people can hear more about who we are and what we do as well as us getting more information about GMOs out to the public.
Also, in July I was asked to do an video interview for GMO Free USA to help pass the Washington State GMO Labeling Bill, I-522. If people didn’t watch the documentary, we also created a commercial on this, that can be seen all across the networks in Washington State, as well. It will be interesting to see the final product. When it does come out, I will have to link the documentary for all of you to see!
So since I have gotten healthy by not eating GMOs, I am on the go now, or at least more than I was. I have conquered what medical science has not and you can too! Stop eating GMOs!
So here is to being healthy and being a living example of what eating non-GMO foods can do for you and your health! We can have a whole new outcome for our future if we just stop eating GMOs.
Has anyone seen the new Wal-Mart “fresh produce” commercial where they take the Wal-Mart produce and bring it to a farm, making it look like it’s a NJ roadside farm stand? Remember, if you decide to eat the Sweet Corn on the cob that Wal-Mart is selling this summer, know that you’re getting not regular Sweet Corn, but Monsanto’s Bt Toxin Corn.
What does that mean? That means that genes from the soil bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) were spliced into the Sweet Corn’s original DNA. Why? Pest control. If an insect eats any part of the corn, the Bt causes the insect to die a short time later – it causes the insect’s stomach to explode, literally. They also splice genes into this corn’s DNA to make the corn resistant to Monsanto’s “Round-Up” weed killer. No matter what Monsanto and the FDA tells you, this “Sweet Corn” is not “the same” as the normal Sweet Corn that has not been genetically altered.
As Ariel Schwartz noted in her article in CoExist:
Monsanto, which already controls 60% of the U.S. corn market, is including traits in the new sweet corn that make it resistant to both Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide and to insects (through the inclusion of Bt toxin, a trait that disrupts insect digestive systems and eventually kills them). As we have mentioned before, at least 21 weed species have become resistant to Roundup. And Bt toxin may have negative health effects–a recent study found the toxin in the maternal and fetal blood of pregnant women, though the implications of that aren’t known quite yet.
If fetal transfer of the Bt toxin from mother to fetus isn’t bad enough, when you ingest this pesticide in this genetically engineered sweet corn, which our good friend and GMO Free PA colleague, Charmaine Rusin, who is also a local Homeopath and Holistic Practitioner, emphasized yesterday, as being “in every cell of the corn”, will start acting as a pesticide in your intestines and start killing off your beneficial intestinal flora. Ever wonder why they started pushing all the probiotic supplements and yogurts containing probiotics, that are on the market now? Our food is harming us.
To make things even worse, some research is now saying that the Bt in the corn’s mRNA, has the ability to transfer its genes to some of our gut bacteria so that our own internal gut flora now become little pesticide manufacturing machines. Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my intestines making pesticides.
That’s just one of the many reasons that we stay away from GMOs. Do you understand why we are so passionate about making sure GMOs are labeled in all foods? If a person didn’t know any better, they would assume the corn they were buying at Wal-Mart was typical, conventional sweet corn.
Wouldn’t you like to know if the food you were buying for yourself and/or your family, could be harmful to your health? This is why we so strongly support GMO Labeling here in PA and throughout the USA. If GMO labeling is working well in 60+ other countries, why are they delaying GMO labeling here in the USA? In other countries, they see GMOs as a health-safety issue and give people the choice of whether or not they want to ingest GMOs and be part of this global food experiment.
Here in Pennsylvania, Ready For The Shift strongly supports GMO labeling and SB653, the GMO Labeling bill that is now sitting in the PA Senate’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. If you would like to read the proposed bill, you can see it here:
Unfortunately, Committee Chairman Sen. Elder Vogle (R-47) says the bill won’t leave committee! The audacity of the man and this party, to not give the people a voice! The GOP believe we should wait until GMOs are labeled on the Federal level. We all know how long things take to do in Washington D.C. and when our health is at risk, there is no time to lose!
If you live here in PA, please consider calling or sending a letter to Sen. Vogel and tell him you want your voice heard! Also, please ask call or write to your local legislators and tell them you support the bill and ask them to support it as well. That’s what we are doing.
GMO Free PA is a registered 501(c)(4) non-profit and part of a coalition of states that are supporting legislative and ballot initiative movements to make labeling GMOs a law in our respective states. Won’t you join in supporting this movement for your own health and the health of your family?
If you’d like to volunteer, become a Member, or make a donation to GMO Free PA, please contact Wendy or I and we will be glad to assist you. If you are unable to donate or volunteer, please consider spreading this information to your friends, family and social network – educational outreach is our primary function and we are happy to come to an event or farmer’s market, in your area of PA, to talk about it with you and/or your group. Most importantly, thank you for caring!
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“A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men.”– Roald Dalh, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Ahoy! Welcome to Pirate’s Cove! Here be a shady spot to rest, some spiced rum, and hope aplenty. Stow yer blunderbuss, matey!
Why am I wearing an eye-patch and shouldering a parrot? Because on July 22nd, the Sun will move into the warm, shining sign of Leo, and Leos love to dress up and play. It’s what makes them such great dads. They’re children at heart and relate to kids so well, they often find themselves in a summer frock with a teacup in hand.
In fact, we can find a Leo at any party by simply following the sound of laughter and applause. These creative, natural-born artists were made for the stage and live to entertain. Ever hear one in the bathroom? No, they’re not them talking to themselves, they’re rehearsing.
Who doesn’t love someone who goes out of their way to make sure others are having a good time? I believe the whole world could use more of that right about now. Thankfully, Leos are here to provide a little merriment at this crucial time in history.
What a relief after the month we just had; and, the next few months we’re going to have. It’s been a bit tense, huh? Consider this sunny period the eye of the emotional hurricane that’s swirling around us—though, it may be dark on the horizon, and many people are still toweling off from last month, at least we have bright skies today.
I’d like folks to down-shift for the next few weeks. Have some fun. Play. Get out the kid’s finger-paints and go to town. It’s by expressing our imagination that we learn who we are in relation to everyone and everything else. So, dig through the Tickle Trunk, put on a beret and a black and white, striped shirt, talk in a French accent, and paint by the river Seine…oui?
After last month’s Mercury retrograde in super-sensitive Cancer, who couldn’t use some time to relax? Though it hurts to have our heart-strings strung out for everyone to see, try not to stress out too much—it’s all part of this year’s collective healing process. I know, it sucks. Hopefully, people are spiritually healthier than they were in the Spring because we need to be in good, psychic shape for Autumn.
Our recent Soul Storm* was just a taste of what’s to come. By November, most of the sleeping masses will be waking up to who has been keeping them down (they already are), and the tears are just going to fall and fall. Remember waking up? It’s a wonder anyone ever stops crying after realizing they’ve been preyed on from the shadows for centuries. It’s that ‘Neo in the Matrix’ moment when we suddenly snap out of the illusionary world and see that we’re being farmed. It feels like a sucking gut-wound where the bottom drops out of our life and nothing makes sense anymore.
It cuts even deeper to find the knife in the heart of Humanity is being held by those we should have been able to trust. Almost all of our political leaders, our entertainment idols, our heroes, and great thinkers have sold out long ago. Not all, but most; and the holdouts don’t say anything as they live in fear of losing their upper-middle class lifestyle. Not much in the way of a friend there. The scope of it is truly stunning when we first wake up from the New World Order’s stark, raving nightmare.
The best way to heal from the Matrix, from all that anger and resentment, is to stop putting any more energy into their corrupt system. Find center again. By so doing, we also find the rest of the Universe.
While we’re at it, let’s do what any good Leo would do: sing, dance, and laugh our ass off. Oh! And heave to, matey! Avast, and break out the rum!
~ Cusp Moon in Aquarius ~
I was impressed by the sheer volume of mail I received last month over spilling the secret of Cancer. I had no idea that many of us were looking for the occult Light. I guess I thought if people weren’t trying to find the Lady’s Temple, there wasn’t much point in putting out more than a few candles. Then again, I didn’t know the Path to the Sanctuary had become overgrown and wild. I’ll try and keep the way clear a little more often.
So? Want another rusty, dusty secret from the vaults of the Illuminati?
Okay, here goes: the signs really count from 10 degrees of one sign to 10 degrees of the next sign. That means if we were born 3 degrees of Virgo, let’s say, it might be a good idea to read Leo’s horoscope in the newspaper, too.
Now, before I get a volley of mail telling me I’m full of shite, I want to point out that it doesn’t mean that a person born in the first decan of one sign is actually from the solar tribe before it. It’s all just mystical psychology, after all. It’s my way of saying, ‘Nudge, nudge, wink, wink’, there’s something to see here.
Simply put, it points to a hidden truth to who we are in this life by studying the preceding sign. It’s a karmic insight that directly relates to one’s reincarnational cycle. A bit like Chiron, but without all the tears.
I bet those in the advanced Awake and Aware 102 class can see why the Illuminati held onto that little gem. Not only have they tried to divide and conquer us in this life, but they have tried to sever our connection to our other lives, too. Doncha jus’ wanna hug ‘em to pieces?
Well, anyhoo, here we have a Full Moon on the cusp between Capricorn and Aquarius at 0 degrees. What could that mean?
If we start with the above premise, it’s an easy call:
The Full Moon in Aquarius, the Witch’s key for this lunar cycle, contains the seeds from last month’s Full Moon in Capricorn. It indicates we’re not quite done with recent financial concerns, practical stuff around the house, or even a legal matter. Expect delays in order to make sure things get done right. Though it’s important to honor this Moon’s Aquarian need to connect with everyone, it would be wise to continue to be conservative in other areas.
The Moon also goes full on the same day as the Sun enters Leo and Mercury into Virgo. That’s one charged, capable Moon! On one hand, it beams proudly with good vibes for all, and on the other hand, is soaked in sensible, productive undercurrents. The New Sun will drive the Moon’s desire to inspire and find common ground; yet, it will also help keep it real.
If we find ourselves in need of inner healing, especially any past psychic wounds, now would be a good time to get to work. The Moon will be conducive to helping us find the parts we thought were missing, and then moving on from any old baggage.
As the Sun, Earth, and Moon line up on July 22nd, our Feminine and Masculine will be afforded a chance to become One again, if only for a short while. A witty Witch would do well to meditate on Unity and Healing as the Full Aquarian Moon rises—on this eve, thar be Magick afoot!
~ Uranus takes Five ~
It’s been a blast! Uranus has been lighting the fire of revolution under our sleeping butts for the last two years. And, we’re now turning our backs on the New World Order’s promise of a faster, safer (and indentured) future. Who knew we had it in us to tell Big Daddy to take a flying leap once and for all?
All we had to do was tear down our fences, talk with our neighbors again, get rid of our TVs, see that money doesn’t mean anything, quit eating microwaved, GMO burritos, stop asking others to do our thinking for us, and realize that credit cards don’t love us back.
People have been floundering along with this depraved, ‘dollars and sense’, plastic eco-system until Uranus (fundamental, social change) moved into Aries (the Self) back in 2011. It showed us the true cost of doing business with neo-cons: the loss of our Soul. Uranus has been inciting rebellion ever since.
Weeellllll….. This mighty, mover and shaker of our social world just went retrograde and will stay so until Winter Solstice. Uranus is taking a break from all that upheaval for a few months while we work on deeper, emotional issues.
One of the reasons some of the recent freedom movements have faltered is that many people are still not free on the inside. How liberated can we be when we’re still carrying around old wounds? We need to heal and become whole in order to instill the same in future generations.
From now until December 17th, especially around October and November, we will have a chance to do just that. We will begin to experience an inner mental peace so that we can care for any psychic injuries, make peace with our past, and finally move on with the New Age of Aquarius.
~ Mars gets Huggy with It ~
At the beginning of August, Mars will trine both the North Node (karmic lessons) and Chiron (karmic wounds). I’d say run for the hills but Mars is about to use His martial gifts to fire us up with healing energy in both areas. We’re getting some Love and Balance this month—ready for it or not!
It’s unusual for Mars to be in this position as most of the time He’s looking for a competitive, kick-boxing match; but, as the month gets underway, he’s all about fiery regeneration. It’s sort of like the guy who tries to be tender with his lover by pulling a sliver from her foot, and ends up grappling her to the floor to do it.
Plus, Mars is in Cancer. It often means domestic squabbling will come bubbling to the surface, but, at the moment, Mars’ strength is being balanced by our need to move on spiritually. Or, karmically. Or, both…or, at least seeing the big picture.
It’s time to do likewise and let our guard down a bit. Try to be more giving this month; help a neighbor carry in her groceries; look for the good in others; and share wisdom. Reward any good deeds, too. Focusing on being selfless is an admirable goal, but it’s important to honor the Divine Masculine, too.
Also, rejoice in the miracles of others and let them know how much they matter to us. We have such wonderful companions to share our journey, and that needs to be said out loud once and awhile.
~ Take a ride on the Giant Tea-cups! ~
On August 7th, just as Mercury (mind) enters Leo (creativity), Jupiter in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn. Normally, oppositions with the outer planets can bring about a lot of collective and personal strife, but this month it’s more like choosing between something wonderful and something awesome. However, there is a proviso here: be careful of flip-flopping, too.
There’s bound to be some confusion as we try to decide between a bigger Heart and a bigger Soul. We can only successfully put energy into one at the moment, and that’s a tough choice. The result may make us a little floopy.
This aspect can bring about a bold, new direction in life, but be careful of being over-zealous with it. Reaching enlightenment is no reason to start a new cult, for example. Take all the new breakthroughs with a grain of salt and let them balance out in time.
In other words, walk lightly, but carry a big smile.
~ If Anyone asks, I’ll be in my Hammock ~
This month, I chose the song ‘Wash Away’ by Joe Purdy to remind people to chill out. We all have our woes; and though we can learn a lot from our troubles, it’s just as important to learn from our joys. Not everything in life need be a lesson.
My advice, pretty much for the entire month of Leo, is to stop and smell the hibiscus. Try not to take everything so seriously, get outdoors, and soak up some rays. Or, bounce a balloon, fly a kite, jump in some puddles, or tell a joke to a stranger. Life’s worries will still be there tomorrow.
Just for today, though, follow your Heart’s fancy. Take a cruise and explore a tropical paradise island. Even if that means a backyard vacation with hubby in a grass-skirt, some homemade Mai Tais, and putting up an umbrella in the kid’s sandbox.
I’ll see you on the beach.
~ A personal note for my Readers ~
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** Well! My, my, my. I have developed quite a following. I had no idea it would blossom so quickly once I started to spill the magic beans. I don’t want to say the actual number (that would be self-promoting) or mention people by name (that would be insensitive) but it’s a lot. Also, rest assured your privacy means the world to me. You know, treat others as you would have them treat you.
I hope to begin a professional writing career in women’s fiction (that’s a fancy way of saying I’ll be writing romance) and eventually moving into the suspense genre. That is if I can ever get my big, fat keyboard in gear. But! I wanted to take a moment to remind people that I do not do astrological charts. I know most of you know that by now; but, for all the new readers who have been asking, I’m sorry, I simply don’t have the time. As a Shaman and Witch, at this crucial time in history, I just can’t find a moment to myself. I bet most of my Readers know exactly what I mean.
In the meantime, let me say, that I am very touched by all the heartfelt feedback. You can just imagine how that makes a budding writer feel at the end of a long, literary day. Thank you, and thank you again. Your words mean so very, very much to me.
*** re: this year’s Soul Storm*
Um, I can’t get it right for everyone. I’m thinking of a couple of people who suggested I shouldn’t write about “doom and gloom” because it spreads fear, especially when the world didn’t flood last month.
Well, first off, I didn’t say there would be a catastrophic, global deluge, I said that people’s hearts were going to flood. Besides, I can’t think of a single astrologer worth their salt who predicts earthquakes and tsunamis based on the position of the planets. Astrology is about the psychology of the mind and soul—not chunks of rock flying around the inner heliosphere shooting off deadly waves of micro-gravity.
We just went through a four week transition with Mercury retrograde in Cancer. All last month, I kept reading conversation threads with people lamenting Mercury blowing up their air conditioners, cell phones, hard drives, or *gasp!* heaven forbid anyone sign a contract that month. I have to laugh to myself because Mercury goes retrograde three times a year, and has been doing that since each of us were born. That’s an awful lot of time not to sign a contract, or worry about our appliances going kaput.
We need to interpret what sign Mercury is in before pushing the panic button and preemptively shutting down our domestic, electrical grid. That’s where astrologers come into the picture; folks who understand the art and science of “as above, so below”, and can see upcoming, mass, psychological trends.
In the case of Mercury retrograde in Cancer, the only contract I wouldn’t sign is a marriage contract—Cancer is about Love, not Law. It means we shouldn’t rush into romance during that planetary transition, not hire a team of barristers. What’s happening in the stars is happening in our own lives, and so on.
When Mercury reverses course, the ensuing doubtful, mental review manifests the current sign’s themes. This is one of the big reasons that a lot of marriages and relationships just broke up. Take heed. We’re in for another big dose of romantic blues during the Moon-th of Scorpio. If your relationship is hanging by a thread, and you don’t take care of it now, it will be gone by Winter Solstice.
Also, when I say that Leos are natural artists, I hope no one out there thinks I mean every Leo on the planet is a painter. Or, if you’re a Leo and don’t know which end of a paintbrush goes up, that there’s something wrong with you. It would be atypical for this sign to not be creative, but that doesn’t mean all Leos are artists. Most are, though; even if it means just humming songs or whittling sticks.
In the end, I could be wrong about all of this. It’s just not possible to accurately read the stars for six and a half billion people. Some folks (those who have been doing their homework, I suspect) will come sailing through this year as if nothing happened; others will be drenched in emotional woes, chilled to the bone by the ghosts of their past.
Is it all just random occurrence? Or, with all these teary, watery, astrological aspects, does it conform to the Earth’s astrological forecast for this year?