Feb 18, 2013

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by C.A. Brooks

The Week Ahead
Happy Birthday, Pisces

February 18 - FEBRUARY 24

There are important changes at the cosmic dance this week, including the Sun's move into Pisces and the beginning of two important retrograde cycles – the first by Saturn the second by Mercury. Although they may seem like unrelated and dissimilar events, look again. The story they tell has a remarkably unified message. They all speak of going within, getting connected to your higher self, and living from a place of center. Find your sea legs, your swim fins, imagination and sense of humor; you are going to need them.

Monday morning quite early, the Sun will enter the mystical, psychic and empathetic sign of Pisces joining Mercury, Mars, Chiron and Neptune which are already at this otherworldly party. The movie the Matrix springs to mind – do you really know what's real and what's not? If we are living in a dream (or nightmare) world, how would we know? (A Course In Miracles assures us all negative feelings ranging from slight irritation and annoyance to hate, despair and depression are evidence we are living in an illusionary world made by fear which has no effect on the real world where only love exists – but that's another story. If you are interested, tune into 12Radio.com every morning at 7am Pacific for more lessons and gifts from ACIM.)

Pisces is the sign associated with compassion, forgiveness, healing surrender, sacrifice, martyrs, saints, transcendence, dreams, illusions, anesthesia, drugs, alcohol, creative genius, photography, and movies. With this many planets in the last sign of the zodiac, fantasy, imagination and flexibility trump most other energy. Many people will find it spiritually uplifting and inspiring, especially for creative endeavors. Others are likely to feel down-right uncomfortable with energy that shifts and moves in seemingly unpredictable ways. Chances are before it's all over, we'll have experienced it from both sides – Pisces is a mutable, double sign after all.

Just hours after the Sun enters Pisces, Saturn the controller – the antithesis of all this unfocused and flowing energy stations retrograde in preparation for a 4 ½ month retrograde cycle in sister water sign Scorpio. Enter the submarine, or at least the spelunking energy of the cosmos as Saturn digs deep and reviews old territory in search of an even deeper and more esoteric understanding of our emotional lives and psyches. Act three – on Saturday, Mercury in Pisces also stations retrograde where it will back paddle until March 17th.

How are these messages alike? First and foremost – life is not always what it seems and its' worth softening our view and experiencing it from another angle. Second, we are in the midst of great transformation which requires we move sideways, backwards and even upside down now and then to absorb and assimilate the messages. And finally, in a sentence (albeit a complex one), we are the magicians creating our lives; even in the face of confusion, disappointment and even unprecedented havoc we can choose to focus on our desired outcomes; we can choose love over fear.

As the many planets in Pisces draw us into their magical world, and Saturn and Mercury take us on a return trip to previous territory, nurture and take care of yourselves. This journey is both exciting and potentially exhausting. Our paths may seem circuitous and unfathomable, but in the end they are leading us to a place we have never left – home.

Until next week, let go and wear loose clothes.

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Sun enters Pisces 4:02 am (PST)
Saturn stations retrograde 9:03 am (PST)

The energy is sure to be slippery today as the Sun joins Mercury, Mars, Chiron and Neptune in the mysterious and imaginative sign of Pisces early this morning. Venus the planet of love and values is feeling a bit boxed in as she squares off with the North and South Nodes of the Moon and is feeling out of sorts with Uranus. The Moon in Gemini sets a tone of flexibility, or is it really more wishy-washy?

Overall the energy is highly creative today, but with definite threats of using imagination not to create, but to escape or distort. If we don't like what's happening, we might just make up another story and convince ourselves of its validity. Today it's important to be really clear about our intentions and motives and keep searching internally if we are unsure. If your goal is to find truth, you will. If we are looking only to sidestep some uncomfortable situation we'll probably end up taking a detour on our path – not necessarily a mistake, but unnecessary.

We have some really wonderful energies working for us today – the multiple planets in Pisces looking for higher spiritual ground, and Saturn the disciplinarian beginning a 4 month retrograde cycle. Rather than looking for authentication, credibility and approval outside of ourselves, during the retrograde we look for it in the only place it can ever be found – within.

Daily Muse: When you have learned to look on everyone with no reference at all to the past either his or yours as you perceived it, you will be able to learn from what you see now. For the past can cast no shadow to darken the present, unless you are afraid of light. (A Course In Miracles Text Chapter 13)


Moon Void of Course 10:48 am (PST) – 2:45 am Wednesday morning

With little astrological activity today, we have the chance to settle into the dreamy Pisces energy. An early morning confrontation between the Moon in Gemini and Mercury in Pisces, much like yesterday, could have us grasping for 'little white lies' instead of telling ourselves the truth. However, a gentle lunar connection with Venus in visionary Aquarius will pull us to higher ground as we remember our true goals and values.

Daily Muse: Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.  (Thomas Jefferson)

Today on Simpletales it's going to be a Pisces love fest! My Pisces friend Val Camozzi joins me for a look at this psychic and imaginative sign. We will also discuss her amazing energy healing method – Light Resonance Healing (very Piscean!) You'll find us on 12Radio.com at 11am Pacific – 2 Eastern.


Moon enters Cancer 2:45 am (PST)

Did someone say they'd like to go for a moonlight swim? While the world is awash with sensitive emotional energy – compliments of all those planets in Pisces and Saturn in Scorpio, the Moon eases her way into her own watery world of Cancer. Tonight shortly before Midnight Pacific Time, our sense of ego and individual identity dissolves as the Sun is embraced by the dream world of Neptune. If you are squeamish about exploring and expressing emotions and your inner mind and psyche, the next day or two just might be a bit uncomfortable. You can run; but you can't hide.

Emotional energy can be a bit like Moonlight, magical and yet we can conjure up all sorts of demons and monsters. It can be crystal clear like a turquoise bay or dark and murky like a muddy river after a thunderstorm. Consider the Piscean penchant for creating images and movies. Watch what characters and events pass across the screen, but don't believe everything you see. Remember, you are the magician – the maker of the images. Be clear about what you want to create, and focus with firm intentions. Pay attention to your thoughts, feelings and dreams – both waking and sleeping. The veil between worlds is very thin today. You just might get a glimpse of something magical and other worldly.

Daily Muse: The fastest way to freedom is to feel your feelings. (Gita Bellin)


Moon Void of Course 6:08 pm (PST) – 2:12 pm Friday afternoon

We are still very much 'under the influence' of the Sun's hookup with Neptune late last night, but life may seem more clear and less uncertain as the Moon in assertive Cancer is much more a giver than taker today. Multiple lunar connections energize and stabilize the emotions starting with a sobering lunar opposition to Pluto shortly after midnight. This is followed by a steady connection with no-nonsense Saturn and a motivating hookup with Mars mid-morning.

If we have been feeling confused or even sorry for ourselves, these clear-headed lunar alliances wipe away some of the fog. As we become less self-obsessed, we focus less on our own troubles, needs, and desires and become aware and more sensitive to others around us who may be in pain or distress and who can really use our attention and/or assistance. There's more clear thinking ahead as the Moon aligns with Mercury in early evening. This connection is especially good for strengthening the pathway between the heart and throat chakras and helping us lovingly speak our truth.

Daily Muse: I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor? (Mother Teresa)


Moon enters Leo 2:12 pm (PST)

As the Moon leaves emotional Cancer and enters dramatic Leo we may experience emotions of a new kind – the desire to be seen, to be recognized and to be appreciated. With the opportunities for deep inner reflection afforded us recently, especially with Saturn in Scorpio, we care less about superficial applause and yearn more for appreciation for genuine self-expression. Venus, the planet of values is challenged by Pluto today giving us the opportunity to embrace our authenticity and to turn away from our dependence on others' approval. We may still be a wee bit dramatic in our attempts, but ultimately our hearts beat for those moments when we are truly speaking our truth and being recognized for our inner beauty and worth.

Daily Muse: Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot. (David Herbert Lawrence


Mercury stations retrograde 1:41 am (PST)

What small foothold logic and reason has held on this week quietly starts slipping away as Mercury the planet associated with cognitive functions, speech, writing, messaging, and communication of all sorts starts a 3 week retrograde pattern before dawn. As we start reviewing what has come before, we might be pleasantly surprised with new insights and understanding. Under the influence of Mercury in Pisces these past three weeks we are probably adapting to a different way of communicating. Now with Mercury moving retrograde it is imperative we learn to think and speak from our spirits and hearts rather than relying on our brain alone to show us the way. Psychic abilities are enhanced with the simple acts of faith and trust. Today and during the retrograde it might be fun to 'play' with your psychic abilities. Can you guess what someone is going to say before they speak? Can you 'hear' the message in between the words?

Daily Muse: Live loud enough in your heart and there is no need to speak. (Mark Nepo)


Moon Void of Course 8:50 pm (PST) – 10:52 pm

Planetary activity is light, almost non-existent today as the Moon continues cruising through self-expressive Leo. The process of transformation requires self reflection and time to assimilate changes. Can any of us claim we do not honestly feel our lives are changing in amazing and inexplicable ways? The very fact you are reading the Power Peek is proof enough you desire a more conscious life and are awakening to the power within! Revel and relax into the cosmic river carrying you to new adventures and life understanding. A lunar opposition to Venus in Aquarius this evening might put relationships back on the front burner, at least for the evening. Or it might bring something of value to mind that is worth looking at and considering.

Daily Muse: Hold on to your center. Man was made to sit quietly and find the truth within. (Wayne Dyer interpreting the Tao Te Ching)

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Out of Mo's Mind:
A Time To Learn

As far as my calendar goes, the "season of stress" is over. By this, I mean the immense pressure that surrounds our holiday shopping season and then rudely lingers into the next year.

The starting gun for the holiday marathon goes off in early October, with the approach of Halloween, and lasts until Valentine's Day. You may wonder why I include Valentine's Day in this. There's a lot of stress surrounding Valentine's Day, whether or not you're in a relationship. As a multi-billion dollar holiday, it qualifies.

Of course, St. Patrick's Day is on the horizon, as is Easter, but both of these are a one-day event that comes and goes and are usually without the same kind of mind-bending, emotion peeling drama that surrounds other holidays.

From now until October, we have time to take care of ourselves again.

Don't get me wrong, I love the holidays and everything about them, but I'm also glad when they're finished. Since we don't have an election breathing down our necks to keep us stressed out, I have a suggestion for how to occupy our minds. I suggest learning something new.

I'm an information junkie. I love to learn new things and and enjoy the process itself. It keeps the mental doldrums from creating phantasms. I believe that every single one of us has a need and desire to constantly learn. It's one of the things that makes us human.

Being human, we have a natural thirst for the intricacies of things. Even seemingly mundane issues can be mind-numbingly complex.

For example, did you know that every single ball used in baseball, whether it be the Major or Minor Leagues and even many college leagues, is rubbed by umpires, or appointed staff, before each game with a specific mud? This mud comes from only one place in the world, somewhere along the Delaware River, and it's a highly kept secret. The goo is called Lena Blackburn Rubbing Mud (Lena was an infielder and eventually a manager in Major League Baseball) and it's been used for almost 75 years as the exclusive rubbing compound to take the shine off of baseballs and make them safer, without changing the properties of the leather covering of the ball. Each home team must provide 90 balls for each game, and each is mudded. Over one hundred thousands balls are mudded every year. If you've ever caught a foul ball, it had Lena's mud on it.

You might think that the owners of Lena Blackburn Rubbing Mud are raking in the dirt, but that's not the case. They make around twenty-thousand dollars a year on the product. Maybe they do it just to be a part of the game, no matter how obscure their contribution. I'd do it just to prove how nit-picky and complex human beings can be.

The point of that story is that we have a tendency to complicate things. Some of that complication is based on a specific need, as in the rubbing mud. Some of it is based purely on aesthetics and some on whimsy.

The human mind is constant in its need for stimulation and will create it, even where none exists.
To me, this suggests that it's a good idea to keep your mind active, or it might end up devising its own diversions to keep you occupied, some of which may not be fun.

So here we are with a long, open stretch of learning highway ahead of us. Let's say it's about 120 miles or so to St. Patrick's Day. Easter is about 200 miles down the road. The Fourth of July is about 600 miles away. On my map, it's about 3000 miles to October, where the traffic jam begins again. I propose we take advantage of the open road and use it to relax and take in some new interests.

I also suggest using The Year of the Snake as a paradigm. Snakes are considered wise, patient and quite aware. They have no eyelids, so not much gets by them. They also have to devour their food whole. So, take in as much information as you can and simply discard what doesn't nourish you. (I know, and I apologize.)

This is a great time to decide what you want to learn, and you don't have to start anything yet. Scout around and see what strikes your fancy.

Of course, I'm going to suggest something metaphysical because that's where I spend a lot of my mind time. If you've always wanted to learn to read Tarot, do so. This time, because of the energy of the year, you'll get it easily and intuitively. Maybe you'd like to learn more about astrology, or perhaps an interest in Feng Shui will snag you. Whatever it is, just follow it and you'll be happier for it. (Yes, I'll be announcing some classes soon.)

As for me, I have several subjects in the queue for mental stimulation and for keeping me out of trouble and I can't wait to get started.

Isn't it about time you spent some time, money and emotional satisfaction on yourself? Have fun and enjoy the view. It really is pretty spectacular.

As always, wishing you peace and love.

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by Tamara Childs
Your Inspired Life:
V-Day Aftermath

I am so often reminded of the relentless commercialism of our society. We have become conditioned to walk up a ladder of expectation just to fall off. Birthdays, Holidays, Mothers Days, Fathers Days are a conveyor belt of possible failed expectation for many people, all ruled by the limitations of the calendar year. For some reason we now only have ONE chance a year to celebrate ourselves and others, and if we miss the mark, many people feel a deep loneliness or even guilt at their own failed expectations of themselves or their loved ones!

My recent time caring for my mother has made me acutely aware of the fragile existence of our bodies within time frames, as well as the need to celebrate every single moment we have with those we love. For me, one day is just not enough to celebrate the joys of my life and the people and things that bring happiness.

I remember being in grade school the first time we had Valentine's Day – maybe kindergarten? There we were, a bunch of 5 year olds milling around, trying to learn to hear the teacher's voice when it was time to change activities, trying to listen when she said to throw away our trash in the trash can. I don't know about the other 5 year-olds, but for me it was a daily immersion in socialization that mystified me.

I was learning the "rules" and to how to listen to authority. On Valentine's Day it was explained that we were to create valentines and then put other children's names on them and they would be put into their school mailboxes and everyone would go home with their valentines. This ritual went on every year after Kindergarten and as the kids became more socially sophisticated the comparisons began. Who did we get our valentines from? Kids were counting them. They were comparing. They were speculating who gave one to whom. Sad feelings were evident. Kids were getting left out. Some had twenty in their hot little hands and some had 3. (Ah, the bitter beginnings of self-esteem loss!)

Somehow these "special" days that get Hallmark Cards are the markers for our disappointments as much as a celebration of our attainments. As the date rolls near, it becomes an energetic "container" for our imagined failures. For many people the countdown to the day becomes dreaded and pressure-filled, as we fear we will never do enough, never be enough or get the day "right." The day becomes a test and many people helplessly revisit painful memories every time it rolls around; either judging themselves for being single, or judging themselves or their mate for not being romantic enough. Whatever the case, these "Hallmark" days can become a reminder of all the harsh ways we have judged ourselves for not living up to expectations.

What if we could let go of the artificial and take back our power to celebrate as often and as fully as possible? We have a few days left in this Aquarian energy! Let us set ourselves free and tune in the incredible celebration that is LIFE every day.

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Kristi Brower
by Kristi Brower
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We Are The Ones

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
– Barack Obama

We are the ones we have been waiting for. This message just keeps popping up for me. Melissa Ethridge and President Obama have both been saying it, and I know it is true. If you are like me you have been on a spiritual journey of personal change and growth for the past several years. We have read all the books, done the internal work, meditated for hours and met in spiritual groups. We have learned how to take responsibility for ourselves and our emotions and learned to love ourselves. So, now what? How do we take our message to the street? How do we take our personal experiences of change and growth and expand them out to our communities?

I think we first need to realize that it is our responsibility to stand up, stand out, be brave and get involved. I have watched a lot of arguing about hot button political issues and something has really struck me. We have become really good at posting snarky memes on Facebook, but that is as far as most of us go. We argue like crazy with people who don't share our views, but we never really work to find common ground and mutual respect with other people. This is where we have to start. I know, I'm a bit of a chicken here, too. But honestly, where has respect and agreeing to disagree gone?

Ok, now I'm not saying we all need to go stage sit-ins on the steps of City Hall. I am saying that any opportunity we have to share love and positive energy with others, we should do it. Here's an example of something that happened to me today. A mother and daughter stopped in to my store. They both looked a little worn out and when I asked how they are doing the mother directed the daughter to tell me how they are doing, very pointedly, I might add.

The daughter, who is in her early 20's, told me that she is pregnant. Her mother was obviously not thrilled about this news, but looking at this young girl she desperately needed some validation. I told her congratulations and her mother did not appreciate that at all. I said that a baby is always good news. I got another lecture from the unhappy mother. I continued to validate the young mother-to-be. As they left the store I called to her by name. She turned to me and I said congratulations one more time. She flashed me a grateful smile and followed her mother out the door.

Ok, ok, I know I'm no hero, but I did insist on remaining positive and supportive in the face of angry adversity. Here is my challenge to you! Smile at strangers, hold open doors, let a car in ahead of you now and then. Look at every day as your chance to bring a little more peace and happiness into the world. When someone annoys you, forgive them immediately and remember that they really are just doing the best they can, just like you are. We are the ones we have been waiting for, so no more waiting!

Blessings my friends, Kristi

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