The Golden Leaf

 

The world as a miraculous place of life, death and renewal. It is a home for impeccable balancing acts of inhale and exhale, yin and yang, within and without, Equinox and Solstice.  The ongoing, irrefutable balancing happens under our noses in endlessly magical stories.  To celebrate the Vernal Equinox, here is a golden tale to capture your imagination, balancing tragedy with greatness.

Did you know that the Mangrove Tree, of which there are around 80 species, grows primarily in swampy, tropical salt bayous.  Some within this species are capable of filtering out 75% of salt in the water.  In the Turks and Caicos, it is rumored that one of the Mangrove species bears a single golden leaf on each of its branches, which sucks in the remaining 25% of saline which the tree cannot tolerate.  Imagistically, and imaginatively, each golden leaf has chosen to turn its life into an aurulent, shinning death in order for the tree to live.  It makes of itself an offering to guarantee survival, despite the extreme eco system.  Once the leaf has absorbed the salty elixir of death, it makes of itself an offering, not only to the tree, but to the aquatic life below, which depends on the golden leaves for nourishment.

I am reminded of Mary Oliver’s line from “The Buddha’s Last Instruction” “Make of yourself a light.” A life worth living does make of itself a light. It is a golden offering that others might be nurtured and live.  It does not have to be a huge sacrifice, or a ‘published’ life to be golden.  But it might be.

Because the school shootings are high on the radar, I have taken some comfort in imagining that the careless destruction of precious lives is not a waste, that perhaps their souls had chosen to become golden offerings. They have made of themselves a light so the rest of us could see. Their gift may be a prayer of courage, and comfort for us to stand for them. Now it is our turn to carry the torch, and grow golden. If not, their waste is not bearable.

At this transformational turning point of the Equinox, let us transmute dross into gold. We can be a conscious choice to embody spring’s greater light. Who doesn’t want to be rich, honeyed, redolent and resplendent? We have life to offer. We have a life to save.

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!