We begin the week in the last days of the lunar cycle – the cleanup time when we are evaluating what needs to go, in preparation for the new cycle which begins with the New Moon in trailblazing Aries on Wednesday. New Moons are said to be 'dark' Moons since they rise and set with the Sun and are virtually invisible from our perspective on earth. This one in particular may be invisible to the eye but is anything but quiet for those with ears to hear. Kaboom!
Not only is the New Moon in the sign of the rambunctious ram, but it is flanked by the ram's ruling planet Mars and his cosmic soul-mate, Venus, right next door. This is a noisy, bubbly quartet with fresh ideas and certainly not enough experience to know what's possible or 'realistic'. This is the energy of childhood and youth bursting with ideas and expectations, innocent of the ways of the world.
All New Moons are times for new beginnings, but this one holds special promise. In Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, it's the time before the beginning. Like the Fool in Tarot it's the spirit taking form. James Wanless in his Voyager Tarot Deck names this card the 'Fool Child' which captures the spirit of adventure, inexperience, and spontaneity much like this New Moon.
Mars the planet of action and motivation empowers this Moon fueling inspiration with ideas and strategies. Venus, the planet of love and values encourages us to follow the dreams of our hearts – not those of others, even if those others include our parents, spouses, lovers, bosses or others who are significant in our lives. This can also include the dreams of former versions of ourselves.
When I was five I wanted to be a doctor. After a disappointing end to a story I saw on the Mickey Mouse Club at age six I wanted to be a story teller and write screen plays. Surely everyone understood that was a pitiful ending and just plain wrong! The 18 year-old went to college to be a nurse, but at age 21, I chucked that right out the window. (Much to my parents' dismay!) You get the picture and you probably have experienced something similar. We don't have to abide by the choices we made at various times in our lives when our hearts, minds and souls cry out for change. When you say you are 'living the dream' you certainly want to make sure it's your 'current' dream and heart's desire.
I'm not advocating we willy-nilly throw over everything in our lives. But I am challenging you to look at your life and ask yourself if you are alive and vibrant. When lakes and ponds lose either their source or their outflow, they become stagnant. So do our lives. We need connection to source and a purpose! Balance and vitality depends on continual change and evolution.
We'll get a little help 'seeing differently' this week as Mercury rockets into initiating Aries. Disciplined Saturn and eccentric Uranus get into a scrape (this isn't the first time) also encouraging us to get unstuck and lean forward.
Will this New Moon rock your world? That depends on you. Are you ready for a fresh start small or gigantic?
The waning Moon in mystical Pisces gives way to the fiery spirit of Aries mid-day. But still the influence of Pisces' spiritual and nebulous ruler Neptune holds sway as it makes a hazy connection to the Sun. We find ourselves in a little bit of a fog. We might be evaluating our situation and deciding on our next move. But it's just as likely we are caught up in a bit of fantasy, maybe even a fanciful escape because we just can't seem to find the motivation or energy to make a decision.
If you are accomplishing less than you think you should, or feel a touch of ennui today, don't be too hard on yourself. The feeling will pass. Take a break, but don't get too comfortable. It's one thing to reward yourself after a big push or accomplishment but it's something else to quit before you are finished. Only you really know the difference. If you perceive a sense of finality, decay or breakdown in any relationship or situation you find yourself in, take heed now. It's time to pick yourself up and move on!
Daily Muse: Move to the next higher level by giving fully at the level you are on. (Dr. Daniel R. Condron)
TUESDAY APRIL 9 MOON IN ARIES
Today's mood is in sharp contrast to yesterday as a lunar connection to rebellious Uranus fuels Aries fire and dials up impatience, restlessness and courage. The familiar saying 'chomping at the bit', describing an impatient horse eager to run, describes the feeling well. Especially if life felt a bit sluggish yesterday we can hardly wait to get going today.
A potent connection between Mercury the planet of thinking and communication and Pluto the planet of transformation is an effective agent of change today. This no-nonsense energy penetrates to the heart of the matter and gives it a voice. Although the Aries moon is not usually known for its affinity for cooperation, here on the last day of the lunar cycle even the warrior knows it's important to choose your battles wisely. Don't be quick to distrust or dismiss your own ideas or those of others. Even some radical sounding ideas or suggestions are likely to end up being ahead of their time and well worth your attention.
Daily Muse: Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see. (Arthur Schopenhauer)
Today on Simpletales – I have a genius of sorts all my own, vedic astrologer Mo Abdelbaki joins me on 12Radio.com at 11am Pacific – 2 Eastern. Our topic? Well that's a surprise!
WEDNESDAY APRIL 10 NEW MOON in ARIES
New Moon 20 Aries 2:35 am (PDT)
Moon Void of Course 9:25 am (PDT) – 8:22 pm
Kaboom! Was that an earthquake, thunder, or a jet traveling faster than the speed of sound? None of the above. That jolt and reverberating sound you may have experienced was the Sun and Moon meeting up in pioneering Aries, with Mars and Venus in attendance. This New Moon embodies the innocence, spontaneity and courage of Aries. It's fresh, eager, unassuming and inexperienced. It's calling us to fresh new starts. Will we fall on our face if we try something new? Maybe. But isn't it worth the risk? Those bruises and scars will soon be badges of courage and evidence of a life well lived.
Following the fireworks of the New Moon in Aries, this evening the Moon slips into unassuming Taurus where the work begins. Impulsive Aries may come up with the ideas, but dependable Taurus knows how to acquire the resources.
Daily Muse: If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise. (Robert Fritz)
THURSDAY APRIL 11
MOON in TAURUS
Today's Moon in Taurus has a somewhat sleepy otherworldly feel, but we are not exactly off the hook if we think we can just snooze through the day. We may be tempted to inaction as the Moon drifts into a soft connection with dreamy Neptune. But sooner or later we better perk up with an extra shot of espresso, a cold dip in the ocean or a bracing walk. A lunar opposition to disciplined Saturn is a taskmaster that reminds us of commitments and responsibilities. It's never really a 'feel good' energy but it can keep our day on track. This evening a lunar connection to Pluto imparts a feeling of being in the groove and can give us an appreciation for our current situation and circumstances.
Daily Muse: Order is the pleasure of reason, but disorder is the delight of the imagination. (Paul Claudel)
FRIDAY APRIL12 MOON in TAURUS
Pluto stations retrograde 12:32 pm (PDT)
The Moon in easy-going Taurus reminds us of our connections to our physical world and admonishes us to stay grounded in the present. This is particularly good advice today as sparks may fly when responsibility-laden Saturn makes a scrappy connection (inconjunct aka quincunx) to freedom-loving Uranus. Rebellion is afoot! This sometimes manifests as authority or the old guard in conflict with the young and innovative. The trick is to not see the disagreement as win/lose but rather find ways to make adjustments to accommodate both. This is the second of three meetings between Saturn in Scorpio and Uranus in Aries. Two very different agendas here and we probably will not find any lasting resolution to issues until the third and final meeting in early October. Practice flexibility and keep your sense of humor. Life is a series of adjustments – this one just seems more obvious.
Powerful and commanding Pluto starts a five-month retrograde pattern today. Not unusual or out of the ordinary and frankly more subtle than when the faster moving planets move retrograde such as Mercury, Venus and Mars. Retrogrades are always times of review and for internalizing energy. Pluto is effecting great changes in our lives and on the planet. During the next five months those changes may feel like they are taking place on a psychological, spiritual and non-physical level.
Daily Muse: Our civilization has evolved through the continuous adjustment of society to the stimulus of new knowledge. (John Boyd Orr)
SATURDAY APRIL13 MOON in TAURUS/GEMINI
Moon Void of Course 5:30 am (PDT) – 7:13 am
Mercury enters Aries 7:37 pm (PDT)
The cosmos is calling for flexibility and a touch of curiosity won't hurt either. Enter the Moon in acrobatic Gemini – right on cue. The need to see things differently is also easier as Mercury the planet of thinking and communication gets a major jump start as it catches fire in Aries this evening. The energy may feel a bit jumpy or unsettled today – sort of like an inquisitive over-stimulated two-year old. Lose the stodgy veneer and lighten up. Mercury in Aries thinks and talks fast. It can be provocative as it loves new information and ideas. This is the mind of the innovator and inventor who will not take no for an answer when they are blazing new trails. We could use a touch of this way of thinking just about now.
Daily Muse: Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. (Albert Einstein)
SUNDAY APRIL14 MOON in GEMINI
Is there really ever too much of a good thing? I suppose so. If we take anything to the extreme we are likely to find it's opposite. But heck sometimes it's worth trying anyway! And today, just may be that day as expansive and over-the-top Jupiter connects with both the Moon and Venus. Of course wisdom and experience cautions against over-indulgence, but where is good old-fashioned common sense when you need it? When you are reaching for that 6th cup of coffee, second piece of chocolate cake, charging those fabulous earrings, or even running that extra lap it's going to feel good, at least in the moment. Self-control is not our strength today so pace yourself.
Daily Muse: Too much of a good thing can be wonderful! (Mae West)
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I can tell you now that a self-proclaimed missing children's psychic Gale St John and partner Brian Ladd tried and failed to take my trademark "12Listen" from me three days after she was fired for misconduct from 12Listen.com.
Last year on my birthday she wrote me that she now owned my name and that I'd better find a new home on the Internet.
Facebook believed her and kicked me and my staff off of our 12listen page. She wanted $30, 000 for me to have her stop.
But Truth Prevailed. I'm so grateful for so many things - but my sweet-ass lawyer was/is a personal hero. Thank you David Faux of New York!
And thank you all for putting up with my silence and my anger and my momentary lapse of faith. Gale and Brian Surrendered and did NOT GET ONE PENNY from me!
This week seemed filled with even more little surprises - the kind that made me smile.
One such surprise was the simultaneous return of two 12Listen.com Advisors from the same era 6 years ago.
Linda Kalyris and Angela Hartfield finally landed from life's creative whirlwind and are ready to offer their extraordinary wisdom to 12listen.com!
The Definitive Animal Companion Nutrition Activist, Pat McKay!
She's a "Firecracker" but, I suspect that most activists are. I call her an activist because she's been confronting the evils of bad "pet food" from big corporations before it was ever popular. In order to teach us, She also has to get past our blind obedience when it comes to feeding and caring for our Animal Companions—she is unyielding! The proof of her work lies in the countless lives she has saved. I have followed her advice to the letter with Jaw Dropping Results and two very Healthy (knock wood) 9 year old cats. Please, Join me Tuesday at 9am Pacific for a groundbreaking show featuring this amazing teacher and homeopathic advocate, Pat McKay. On Hay House Radio!
I've had remarkable conversations with the Universe through omens, so it was no surprise to me when, as I was about to hit the proverbial hay last night, I asked myself, "what should I write about this week," and the answer was immediately given. It came in the form of an orange piece of paper on my nightstand.
A few years ago, I got it in my head that the best way to keep thoughts organized was to buy half-sized index cards of different colors and write notes on them. The experiment turned out to be a pretty bad idea. There were index cards everywhere, most of them saying not much of anything, or worse, total gibberish. (One that still bothers me was, "Lemon goat reminder??? Monday!!")
These index cards eventually found their way into every nook and cranny of our house. Exactly where this came from is a mystery and I'm much too embarrassed to ask my wife where she found it. No matter, there it was.
It turned out to be a quote by Teddy Roosevelt.
"I don't pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being."
I first happened upon this quote years ago when I was in a gloomy state of mind. There's nothing easy about making one's way in our society, no matter which path you choose, and I was in one of those moods.
Even though you and I find the metaphysical to be perfectly normal and delightful, there are those in our culture who think that what we do is on the fringe, or just plain silly. Perhaps you haven't experienced a bias against alternative beliefs, but I'll wager that on more than one occasion, someone has said something to you that has been less than supportive.
At any rate, I was wallowing in self pity when I first stumbled across this quote and it spoke to me. I asked myself, "Is what I do worth doing?"
Sometimes it's hard to justify loving one's path as much as I do and calling it work. Work is supposed to tax our energy and darken our disposition, or is it? I spent a great deal of time contemplating my chosen profession and came to the conclusion that I couldn't have done anything more worthy of my particular talents and interests, and that it's an honor and privilege to be in the field I'm in.
Is what I work at every day worth doing? I think it is.
Hard work is the foundation of progress. Those of us who follow our hearts in metaphysics, strive to help others in any way we can. In the meantime, we try to survive as best as possible, and we aren't alone. Every single one of you is doing something important and worth doing, or striving toward that goal.
Nothing is mundane. You may be supporting someone in your life who needs you to help them achieve their goals. We underestimate the importance of those who facilitate for others. Raising children, care-taking a sick loved one, providing a loving home, admin work and other callings are often wrongly overlooked, showing the bias of a society addicted to success and power.
If you are a teacher or trainer of any kind, but especially of children, you have one of the most vital jobs on the planet, for your dedication is the fabric of our future.
If you protect the rights of those who can't protect themselves, or stand up for those in need of an advocate, then you are doing work that defines us as a humane society.
Those of you who toil in corporate jobs, bless you, for you bring expertise and a sorely needed ethical standard to those who often need it the most.
Healers, first responders, civil servants, craftspeople, artists, fry cooks, even talking heads and pundits, all do work worth doing.
In any society, there's a segment of the population that doesn't want to work. Roosevelt's quote says it better than I ever could, "I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being." Feelings of entitlement or superiority are doorways to misery.
I never feel sorry for myself anymore. I work, and I love every moment of it. Even though I may bite off more than I can chew, I'm also blessed with a big mouth. I get to explore strange frontiers of the mind, study the ancient arcana of our ancestors, converse with cards, planets, runes and coins, write, and most importantly; I have the honor of helping others.
As long as we put our hearts and souls into what we do, it's worthwhile. It's only when we embrace mediocrity that we fall short of our own expectations and the wishes of the Universe for us. No matter what you do, whether you're in between jobs or working at something you don't like, it's still worth it and will eventually lead you to your true path. Have faith.
We're meant to be here now and we're here for a reason. I'm glad you're here. You should be glad, too.
Program Note: Out of Mo's Mind, April 10, 9 AM, Pacific Time on 12Radio.com, I'll discuss the metaphysical meanings behind some of the most beloved fairy tales and kid's stories. For example, did you know that L. Frank Baum, author of the Oz books, was a Theosophist? Did you know that Rosicrucianism and Alchemy were rampant in Germany when the Brothers Grimm wrote their tales? All this and more, plus weekly predictions, LIVE!
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Suggested text is the Wilhelm/Baynes version of the I-Ching, or Book of Changes, published by The Princeton Press.
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As I write this I am listening to Krishna Das, My Foolish Heart. I love this piece of music and it illustrates perfectly how I have been feeling lately. At times my foolish heart trusts people that let me down. I have learned over the last year especially that I must love and trust myself and I can't expect that from anyone else. My foolish heart wants everyone to have integrity and my best interest heart, but guess what, that just isn't how life works. Now I don't mean to sound cynical or fatalistic. The facts are that we have to learn to trust ourselves and follow our own hearts. Other people have to do the same. This is what it means to truly take responsibility for our choices and our lives.
As a child I was raised in a conservative religion that taught me that the bishop of my church could receive divine revelation for me. I was not encouraged to ask for divine revelation for myself, I had to go to this man and ask him to ask God for me. I never agreed with this idea and I didn't do it. I bucked the system even as a small child. I used to pray for myself and received plenty of divine guidance all by myself. I knew then as I do now that each of us carries a spark of the divine within ourselves. We don't even need to go outside ourselves to seek divine truth. It is right there in our hearts, if we just trust ourselves enough to ask. So why is it so hard to trust ourselves?
We live in a society that says there is always a higher authority than us, that we must seek someone smarter, older, or more experienced than we are for knowledge. I challenge this idea in my own life and I encourage you to do the same. Throw caution to the wind and stop looking to "authorities" for answers. Look to yourself. Ask yourself what is true for you and trust it. This takes practice and time to see the results of your efforts, but I promise you that you will feel validated and happier when you follow yourself and the divine spark within you.
My Angelic Guide, Archangel Michael puts it this way, "Trust yourself and your own inner guidance above all else. You are the expert on your own life. You know what you need, and what will make you happy better than anyone. We, the angels, are here to guide and support you. Together we will work with you to support you in honoring your inner guidance."
Now this may seem like a contradictory statement, an Archangel saying to trust ourselves first and ask for angelic support to learn to trust ourselves. I know, and I am sure you do as well, that much of what we do is based on what we think we should do, not on what we truly want. My guides have taught me honor myself first, and when I struggle with taking brave leaps, to ask for help. I know that as an advisor on 12Listen.com I do a lot of validating and supporting the inner truth of my callers. We all need validation and confirmation, but what we don't need is judgment and control. See the difference? I thought you would!
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Off and About Mountain
Woman having a relaxing day, off and about with her favorite goose to ride her into fresh adventures. Take a day off, and visit a place you've never been. Throughout it, be with the extraordinary beauty of the moment.
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