Make Of Yourself A Light

To celebrate ‘Women’s Equality Day,’ as a woman I asked, “How equal am I in the work world? What keeps equality in the dark? Can I create ways to support greater equality for all? How do I do that? Already overwhelmed with the need, and the desire, I pause …….listen…. breath…..question: Do I do something, or do I be something, or is it the old song, “do be do be do”?

I found inspiration in a note Van Gogh wrote to his brother, Theo, upon seeing Millet’s pastels. “Put off thy shoes from thy feet for this place whereon thou standest is holy ground.” He was referring to the light force Millet had painted into the Barbizon countryside. It made me consider someone’s enormous influence from simply being and doing what they are in their life. Others are then awake enough to respond. Millet’s paintings lit another painter, Odilon Redon, who wrote, “In him the poet was never absorbed by the painter…he had vision. He gave a moral life to clouds.”

Much as we would all love to ‘give a moral life to clouds,’ we do not have to be painters, poets, or saints to shed and share light. We have to be lit! Perhaps the great work within each is to light our candle, then hold it high. Yogi Bajhan said, “We are all candles, but not all of us are lit.”

What lights us up?

*Giving ourselves fully to what we do. *Feeding Grace. I am referring to an inner grace, grown from a joy in being; no should, no denial, no critique.   * Feel the illumination of gratitude.   *A willingness to be a conduit. Keep the channel open. We are not the instrument, rather the sound moving through.      * Silence ego. It is not our job to judge the validity of light.   *Feed light’s vitality! Don’t be shy about shining. As suggested, ‘dance like there’s no one watching.’   *Be responsible to the light not for the light.   *Taste the spiritual heart every day in each ‘ahaaaa moment.’   *Grow quiet courage to risk everything.

I once again hear poet Mary Oliver’s injunction, Make of yourself a light, from “The Buddha’s Last Instruction.” I take a quiet, light-filled stand with you today. Onward, dear friends, Road Warriors, and fellow light-bearers! Let us not be overwhelmed by the dark, only joyous that our power is great to see everyone as equals….a first step.

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Astrology and Yoga of Transformation

PUSH & SHOVE PRELUDE         Sept. 17-22

 

THEMES

  • We push and shove forward, released from summer’s pent up Retrogrades asking: will my plan work? Was my vision correct? Did I assess correctly? Is this an improvement? Can confidence overcome doubt?

Challenges from Mars/Uranus square on Tues.~ No running with scissors! Slow down! Prepare for ‘course direction.’ Take time-out to cool down.

This week’s final degrees of Virgo Sun, with ruler Mercury, we scrutinize, test, and refine ways to inhabit the real world. Leave room for other’s input. Be inspired, dream big!

Preparing the Equinox on 22nd, the moment the Sun moves into Libra, and day and night are in perfect harmony~ we declare ‘fall’ in the Northern Hemisphere. (Vernal Equinox in Southern Hemisphere.)

THE STORY

This week marks the midline, or First Quarter phase, between the New Moon in Virgo on the 9th, and the Full Moon in Aires on the 24. There’s a coherent sensibility between these two, for the New Moon asked we get our detailed ducks in order so that by the fruition of the Full Moon we would courageously zoom ahead as Aires’ warriors. The smart warrior is taking advice and listening to their gut before picking up the sword. If you have been tired, there is good reason, it goes far beyond that of the usual school start up syndrome. Remember that one of Virgo’s gifts is self-care through daily habit and diet. She is the healer of the zodiac, winnowing wheat from chaff in order to best digest life-bites.

With Mars as general of ‘commitment, energy force-field, and anger boxed into Uranus’ chaotic surprises, higher mind, and enlarged perception expect to be challenged. This is the third, and last square between these bad boys. The first was in May, announced by the Kilauea volcanic eruptions. This last hit unleashes typhoons and hurricanes. Together, they can create the ‘perfect storm’. They also open an enlightened perspective, and deeper perception, as well as irritation and over-strong reactions. These personal and non-personal lightening rods kick society onward. Dare I say upward?

As night and day come into perfect balance, take a quiet moment to you’re your own balance between big picture VS little picture; me VS other; inner life VS outer; experience VS hope; attachment VS non-attachment. The quarterly Equinox and Solstice charts reveal primary energies for upcoming three months.   (More on this next week, but here are themes to contemplate.)

*Be aware of old anger issues of how you’ve used aggression, either passive, or active. It’s time to see it, and heal it.

*When feeling afraid of the unknown, and the massive changes society faces, be-Virgoesque with daily habits of holding yourself, gathering angel wings about you to feel protected. Find a true friend who will hold your hand, then be that friend.

*Despite pervasive conservativism in the world, move beyond the old ideas, be bold and challenge where you, and others are stuck. Kill old, fixed mindsets with listening and love, and lead the way to greater harmony.

REMEMBER TO HOLD THOSE IN PERIL IN YOUR PRAYERS. FILL YOUR AROUND-THE-WORLD-VISION WITH HEALING LIGHT.

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ON THE MAT: Despite fatigue, stand your mat with the intention to conquer~ a new pose, an old fear, on-going frustrations. This is a great week to break down old barriers, step by small step. Prepare for Libra’s harmonizing balance by using Virgo’s powers of assessment. Don’t be in a rush. Don’t assume you should do a pose in the same old way. Don’t criticize anything you do on the mat! It is a sacred space, there for you to learn to love yourself more.

YOUR BIRTHDAY WEEK: Thanks to Mars squaring Uranus, your birthday year is sure to hold surprises! It also asks you to relinquish and cut away what no longer serves, especially fear! Take some meditation moments to observe your ‘shadow’ or disowned self, then asses how to heal what no longer serves. Do not judge or critique! There is opportunity for greater vision, and a more empowered sense of self! Have at it, save yourself/serve the world!