Monday, September 25, 2017

Jupiter Opposition Uranus: Are You Brave Enough For Freedom?

We had some friends over for dinner last week and decided to cap off the evening with a friendly game of Scrabble. Now my husband and I play almost every day so we have an arsenal of two letter words in our brains - obscure words like Qi and Aa that no one else has heard before much less uses. This often leads to heated debates when we play with folks who aren't avid Scrabble fans themselves and sure enough we weren't far into it when the protests began. How did we figure Za was a word and even if it were a word, if we didn't know the meaning should it still count? We hadn't thought to review the rules with each other before we played so everyone had their own theory and it wasn't pretty. At one point one of the friends even left the table to calm down! Meanwhile I - who can't handle any sort of dissension - found my self in the awkward position of having the highest score and so at the end of the game when everyone was mad at each other, I didn't dare mention the fact I was the winner. I just quickly fixed a round of root beer floats and we moved on. We're all still speaking as far as I know but the experience led me to reflect on the major aspect we're all dealing with this week is a Jupiter, the planet of blessings, opposite Uranus, the planet of upset, upheaval and ultimately freedom. The message here is that at this time we can all expect to be going through some sort of situation or test where we may be totally justified in our position and yet to claim our rights means breaking with tradition and perhaps losing as much as we might gain. For me, I was the winner fair and square but to make much of it might have ruined a very nice evening. I chose to let go of my crowing rights but that might not be the right decision for you. Just be aware you might need to stand up and speak for yourself this week and it may not be easy.

Another example of this being a time when bravery is required to assert our rights, I note the latest Trump induced drama with his bad mouthing (bad tweeting?) the football players who refused to salute the flag as a protest to racism and police brutality. The Supreme Court ruled in 1943 that no one could be pressured to salute the flag on the grounds the laws concerning the separation between Church and State forbid the government requiring anyone to publicly proclaim their faith. Even so, the action of the football players is reopening the debate. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance!

Another significant planetary aspect coming up:
Pluto, the planet of life-death-and extreme transformation, has been retrograde since April and will be turning direct in Capricorn on Thursday September 28. This means that changes we have been going through on the inner level these last five months will now become much more obvious in the outer world. My own personal experience with this shift seems to be playing out around my new digs. My husband and I moved into a new home last April and it has a spare bedroom where I have piled high with all the clutter I've been dragging around with me for 10 years. I definitely intended to sort through it "eventually" and also we intended to eventually rent out this room too. However... I haven't done anything more since I got my boxes stuffed in there the first day we moved in six months ago. I've been very aware of it, felt guilty about it, and yet...nothing has changed. Well yesterday an old friend came to town, dropped in and announced she's looking for a room to rent! My husband and I both see her as a perfect fit and so now at last I am inspired to actually complete the junk room transformation. Pluto-retrograde signaled change was starting on the inner level last April when we first got the house. Now Pluto-direct is telling us change is going to be happening on the outer level too.  Our friend is intending to move in the first of December - right when Saturn - the harsh reality planet - turns direct. I see this a warning I've got two months to sort my things and get the room together or's all going to the dump. Really! I'm going to do it! You read it here first...

Incidentally, although Saturn turning direct the beginning of December can mean that's our cut off date for completing significant changes, there's a very helpful aspect for making changes coming up the end of this week you might want to grab on to: Mars will be trining Pluto on Saturday and Sunday meaning a major power surge. Just be sure to channel it in a positive direction.

Now several of you have asked if all these Pluto aspects could trigger further global catastrophes particularly given that Mars is the God of War and Pluto rules destruction. Certainly Trump and Kim have been taunting each other enough to make us all a bit nervous but we have to remember that what we see here on earth is a group mind creation and as long as there are enough of us giving our attention to peace and brotherhood that is what we will manifest. Don't be overcome by evil - don't start wishing bad things for either of these men - instead overcome by focusing on the good.

Till next time,

Rosada, EXT 2340

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Dali Lama, "How to Expand Love"

Every day I get calls from people asking about their love lives. Although each person's situation is different, the main stumbling block seems to be that most of us don't have a clear understanding of what love is. Now to adequately define love probably requires the skills of a musician or a poet, but I have received some interesting visions and messages so in the hopes of being helpful I am going to tell you about them now.

When I first realized we all tend to have a rather distorted opinion as to what this extraordinary power is all about, I thought I'd start by consulting the Bible.

What is love?
1 Corinthians 13.4 - 8:
Love suffers long and is kind;
Love envies not;
Love vaunts not itself, is not puffed up.
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil, rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in truth.
Love bears all things, believes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.

Whew, that covers it pretty much I guess! And yet, while this passage seems to describe the qualities of love well enough, I still didn't feel I really had a handle on what we are dealing with here. I next lit a red candle (the color to burn for love and relationship prayers) and asked that I might receive a vision of love. Immediately I felt as if I were in outer space and I saw myself surrounded by what seemed to be clouds of glittering pink fluff. As I focused more closely I saw hundreds and thousands of sharp jagged rocks scattered about among these clouds. Where the cloud cover was thin the rocks were banging into each other while where it was thick the rocks seemed to be protected, cushioned. The whole effect was that these clouds were a visual of what love is, a sort of softening space saver that holds us all together but also prevents us from knocking into each other. I was impressed with an awareness that if this is love it doesn't have to "do" anything, it just gives us space and allows each of us to do our own thing, to find our own place of peace and comfort. Also I saw that space is not empty but that it is filled with this sort of cloud or jello like substance and that we each have more or less of it surrounding us. Obviously those rocks who had more of this protective substance were able to move about without being bashed by the others while those with only a few wisps were not so fortunate. And that was it, that was my whole vision but it certainly left me with the desire to know how to create more of this substance that seems to fill the Universe and so completely protects and provides for us. Then - wouldn't you know it? - as so often happens when we sincerely seek answers, I found I had another book that addressed this very question!:

How to Expand Love, by His Holiness, the Dali Lama.
It is my sincere hope that any of you who are looking to cultivate love in your lives will seek out and read this book for yourselves but meanwhile I will give you a few highlights to work with...

The Dali Lama explains that love begins as energy - self-centered energy that we can transform into outwardly directed compassion in seven steps.

1)Identify a friend,
 Starting with the premise that we have set aside our tendency to put people in categories (such as friend or enemy), the first step is to create a strongly positive attitude towards others in ever widening circles. We begin with considering a friend as a model for how to value other not so close friends and from there gradually move outward to include neutral friends and finally enemies.

2)Remember a kindness.
 The second step involves reflecting on kindnesses received from one's mother or from other close friends - especially from childhood when we were particularly dependent on the care and attention from others.

3) We vow to return these kindnesses to others to help in their development.

4) Now we really start learning to love.
 After enhancing our feelings of closeness to others in the first three steps the Dali Lama offers exercises for developing these feelings of concern which then expand finally into love. I wont go into detail about the exercises here but basically they are about being a friend to all, to stop harming, to start helping.

5) Cultivate compassion.
Imagine yourself switching places with those who are suffering. Have a strong wish to see others happy. Have mercy.

6) Become fully committed to altruism, meaning without hope of reward, provide help to others.

7) Finally seek to improve yourself that you may be of even more help to others.

Again, Whew! These are tall orders and are obviously a life long study. Still, it encourages me to at least have this game plan. :-)

For more insights into how your astrological chart reveals your true talents and how you personally can expand love, give me a call!

Rosada, EXT 2340

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Ester and Jerry Hicks, "The Law of Attraction"

 You've most likely heard the saying, "Like attracts like," and although the idea has been alluded to by some of the greatest teachers in history, it has never been explained in as clear and practical terms as it is by Ester and Jerry Hicks. They call this phenomenon The Law of Attraction which says, "That which is like unto itself, is drawn." This means that whatever you have, you will attract more of the same things and whatever you feel, you will attract more of these same feelings. Simplistic as this may sound, being aware of this truth can have a profound effect on our lives.

You can easily prove the validity of the first idea - that whatever we have,  we tend to collect more of the same. Try this experiment: leave an unwashed spoon in your kitchen sink. Before long a plate will join it and by the end of the day you'll have a whole sink piled with dirty dishes! Now try the reverse approach. Put something you would really like to have more of in a special place, let's say you put a quarter in a savings jar. It's not long before you are contributing more spare change and before you know it you have a pile of money! This may not strike you as particularly miraculous because you think, "Well I'm the one who left the dirty dishes and I'm the one who filled the coin jar," but if you go with this idea for a bit you'll find that actually other factors are contributing too. The important thing to realize is that we are creating the attraction - so are we going to be mess magnets or money magnets?

Naturally we all want to eliminate being a mess magnet and enhance attracting good things. Ester and Jerry Hicks explain how this is to be done.

The most important thing in making the Law of Attraction work for you is your feeling tone. Think of the Universe as being a radio and you are wanting to tune in onto just the right vibration. To do this you need to be experiencing the same feelings, be on the same vibe, as the thing or the experience you are wanting. Let's say you are wanting to have a happy relationship. It may be helpful to think about happy relationships you've had in the past, people you know who are in good partnerships and maybe make a list of the qualities you'd expect to find in your soul mate. These are all good techniques for getting yourself focused. But the most crucial thing to do is to FEEL what it is like to be in love. So this is where it gets tricky. How can you feel you are in love when you're not? Actually it's not that hard. You just do whatever you can to get yourself closer to the feeling. Maybe you put on your favorite songs, maybe you watch a good movie, you get as close as you can to the feeling and trust that the Universe will reveal the next step. The same technique works for manifesting money. You need to FEEL rich. What that means differs for everyone but a good place to start is with your appearance. Wear colors that are right for you, get a really good hair cut. Carry a large bill in your wallet. Most importantly, notice the wealth and abundance around you. Many times when we are feeling less than prosperous we tend to walk with our heads down and our eyes lowered - as if we can't afford to look at a neighbor's beautiful house or even enjoy a community park. But when you start seeing abundance you are training yourself to keep finding it and to FEEL more comfortable with it until you can see how abundance is actually yours too.

Equally important in attracting that which we want is what we give our attention to. Ester suggests if something is unpleasant we should simply look away! Shocking advice to many of us but pause and consider. Whatever we give our attention to, we tend to see and attract more of. Now some might cry, "But we must not ignore the problems of the world!" True, and yet, how is reading more stories about Trump or Hurricane Irma actually helping anyone? It's not easy to be informed with out becoming addicted to drama so this is something we have to be very vigilant about. I find a good approach is to delay looking at Facebook until night time when I've completed the chores of the day. It's very interesting to notice how if I read the stories at the beginning of the day when part of me is feeling lazy and not eager to get into action, I easily get sucked into reading one awful news clip after another yet if I wait until evening when I'm feeling I've accomplished something and deserve a reward, I'm not at all interested in these stories. I'm on a totally different vibration. So we have to watch ourselves, are we reading or listening to depressing news because that's somehow are civic duty to stay informed, or is it because we're depressed ourselves or just lazy? Pay attention to what fills you with enthusiasm and motivation, ignore what drains you.

Finally Ester and Jerry talk about something they call "The 17 Second Rule". Here the idea is that it takes time for our thoughts and feelings to create new manifestations. If we have been living in a world of clutter, we probably wont manifest a maid the instant we proclaim, "My sink is clean!" Yet if we persist in our positive thoughts and refuse to focus on the negative a new awareness will in time rise to the surface, in this case, if we're feeling good washing the dishes wont seem like a chore. Ester suggests that if one can hold a thought for 17 seconds they will see a shift. A good way to test this is to try the theory out first thing every morning. Get in the habit of focusing on positive ideas and images when you first wake up. You may have to make an effort to do this. You may even find you need to place an actual list of positive things to think about by your bed. But once you've got a clear positive image in mind then - automatically - in about 17 seconds a new positive thought will occur - will be attracted to you - and then another and then another. As you get good at this the positive thoughts will keep coming one after another - eventually through out your whole day and then on into the next, one feel good day after another! soon you'll be saying...

Pass the butter - I'm on a roll!

Rosada, EXT 2340

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Louise Hay, "You Can Heal Your Life."

Heaven welcomed an angel home this week. Louise Hay, acclaimed author and founder of Hay House, past away at age ninety. She was a leader in New Age consciousness and the person many of us credit with first opening our eyes to the power of attraction. Her best selling book, "You Can Heal Your Life" launched her career as a New Age super star. Rather than repeating the vague and complicated teachings common in metaphysical circles back then, her book gave clear specific guidance for finding the causes of physical ailments and provided specific affirmations for restoring balance and harmony. Her wisdom was embraced by thousands but she did not use her popularity for self aggrandizement. Instead she founded the publishing company Hay House and introduced the world to the words of such brilliant newcomers as Wayne Dyer and Deepak Chopra. We who loved her are saddened to lose her physical presence but we know her  generous loving spirit continues. Happy travels, Louise.

The astrological aspects this week point to a vacuum in the leadership department. The Sun representing the one who is in charge is approaching it's annual opposition to nebulous Neptune - which means whoever is giving the orders for the next ten days or so may not have a clue as to what they're talking about. In fact, each of us individually may find ourselves having a hard time staying on track with our own to-do list and on the larger scale we may have to deal with bosses who aren't clear about what they want or elected officials who seem to be off in la-la land. The good news is that while Neptune rules confusion, it also opens the door to higher consciousness. Thus while we may not be able to follow our stated intentions, if we're able to let go and let God we may find things work out better than we could have ever imagined. At the very least it's a time for turning lemons into lemonade.

Mars is doing some scary things over the next couple of days. Along with the communication planet Mercury, the God of War will be making a powerful connection with Trump's ascendant - so he will be feeling threatened and sending out some threatening tweets himself. Once again he's going to have the world community questioning his ability to govern but Venus trining Chiron, the planet that portends healing, wont let his impulsive nature destroy  the country - not this week anyway.

Saturn, the planet defining organization and authority, has been retrograde since April - which may be why Congress has been so unable to get it's act together. Saturn turned direct last Friday, so as it picks up speed we may see our Senators and Representatives, whose job it is to act as a check and balance to the demands of the President, finally breaking away from party loyalty and individual members starting to speak for themselves.

Saturn turning direct in Sagittarius and heading towards the self-discipline sign of Capricorn could also be an omen that our success in the months ahead is going to largely depend on our abilities to be self-sufficient. Those who take charge of their health and take care with their diet wont need to worry about what the government does with health insurance. Those who take responsibility for their children's education wont be effected by the gutting of our public schools. If we each of us reach out to befriend those of other races and religions we will create a world of love even the best government regulations could not provide.

Love is all around - Feel it, Be it, See it,

Rosada, EXT 2340