The seasons are changing as we move into the territory of tenacious and domestic Cancer. This week we kick off the season of summer (Northern Hemisphere) and Winter (Southern Hemisphere) with two big astrological events highlighting Cancer energy and contrasting its nurturing receptivity with Capricorn's responsible sense of duty. Why Capricorn? Because organized Capricorn is Cancer's polar opposite on the astrology wheel. That's where the Full Moon will be on Sunday morning.
Even though Mercury and Venus are already in Cancer, there's nothing quite as spectacular as when the Sun lights up a sign with its annual transit. All you Cancers can get ready for some attention and lovin! Shy and retiring you claim? True, but you also are famous for your nurturing abilities. If you are not equally adept at receiving, what will you have to give back to the rest of us?
Wednesday of this week the Sun, which represent our ego and sense of individuality, dances with philosophical and mind-expanding Jupiter. It's a sweet, optimistic and expansive send-off before both leave curious Gemini and enter Cancer. The Sun enters Cancer on Thursday night, Jupiter rolls into Cancer next week on the 25th. Since Mercury also has an extended stay in Cancer during the next few months, it's particularly important to start embracing this energy now.
We get the perfect opportunity to do just that early Sunday morning with a Full Moon at 2 Capricorn. Both Cancer and Capricorn are very family oriented signs with a focus on that circle of people they consider family. As a water sign, Cancer is sensitive, emotional and nurturing personifying the traditional care taking energy of mother. Earthy Capricorn tends to be more external, associated with father and authority, and focusing on building and protection of family through the gathering of resources, establishing networks and building reputation.
But gender stereotypes aside, we all carry the dichotomy of the Cancer Capricorn energy continuum in our lives. Issues we might examine during this Full Moon and in the next couple of months include who do we consider our family and why, attitudes toward family and those we consider 'others', expectations of ourselves and others as family members, giving and taking, attitudes about duty, and responsibility, do we take on responsibilities willingly and when do they become a burden? When and where do we draw boundaries and why?
Some of these ideas may sound like we are opening up Pandora's Box, and maybe we are. However, most people will admit to craving the love, nurturing and security of being part of a group and the freedom for personal time, privacy and authentic self-expression. These are life lessons and the sooner we identify our personal inclinations and honor them with honest and authentic self expression, the happier we will be – with ourselves and in our groups.
Until next week, let go and wear loose clothes.
Program Note: Susan Dugan, author of Extraordinary Ordinary Forgiveness based on her forgiveness path with A Course In Miracles, has a new book being released on Tuesday. She's joining me on 12Radio on Simpletales to talk about recipes for forgiveness, and potatoes au gratin! Really! Please join us at 11am Pacific – 2 Eastern and look for Susan's new Book, 'Forgiveness Offers Everything I Want, available on June 18th.
The mood is likely to be a bit cranky today with at least a few people and situations to push our hot buttons. The Moon is in harmony-seeking Libra and yet Libra can be quite pushy and assertive (It's a cardinal sign). We might be acutely aware of places in our lives that feel unbalanced and we are anxious to restore that sense of equilibrium even if it means being more forceful than usual. Beware of misinformation or not quite getting your facts straight as thinking Mercury is under the awkward influence of imprecise Neptune. Fortunately, Mars the planet of action gets a little help from inventive Uranus. This is a very positive energy for coming up with original ideas and solutions. Answers and ideas may come from surprising sources – keep your inner and outer ears open.
Daily Muse: I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it. (Harry Emerson Fosdick)
TUESDAY JUNE 18 MOON in LIBRA/ SCORPIO
Moon Void of Course 8:55 pm (PDT) – 11:39 pm
Here comes the judge! We are probably still looking to 'right a few wrongs' today with the Libra Moon wearing its robes of justice. A lunar square to Mercury in the morning keeps us on our proverbial toes as we also seek to integrate and make sense of thoughts that seem inconsistent with our feelings. We may not be able to find definitive answers to our questions; however, it's worth struggling with the incongruities to better understand our goals and our needs. Taking some time for personal reflection may make the task a bit easier. When in doubt, choose to simplify rather than make an issue more complicated than it needs to be. Feeling in balance is closer to our reach this evening as the Moon glides into favorable relationships with both the Sun and faith-instilling Jupiter.
Daily Muse: When the going gets tough, the tough make red beans and rice. (Susan Dugan)
Today on Simpletales: author Susan Dugan introduces her newest book, 'Forgiveness offers Everything I Want' based on her path with A Course In Miracles! Susan will discuss her personal 'recipes' for practicing forgiveness and answer an important question, 'What is a recipe for Potatoes Au Gratin doing in a book about spirituality?' I know you earthy Taurus types get it, after all, potatoes are the food of the gods! Please join us on 12Radio.com at 11am Pacific – 2 Eastern.
WEDNESDAY JUNE 19 MOON in SCORPIO
We awake to a Moon in the secretive and dedicated sign of Scorpio. First up on the agenda is a meet-up between the Moon and disciplined Saturn which is clutter clearing in Scorpio as well. If you want to simplify your life and figure out what needs to be cut out, you won't have to look far. Pluto-ruled Scorpio is both penetrating and demanding.
Lunar efficiency is in sharp contrast to today's big event, which is something some people look forward to all year – the day when the Sun joins forces with broad-minded, optimistic and generous Jupiter. Expansive Jupiter is associated with storytelling and in cahoots with the Sun – the stories we tell about ourselves and what's possible! This aspect certainly is a confidence booster and an imagination expander.
The Sun Jupiter conjunction is a fun and inspiring event that sparks our imaginations and our passions; its downside is its tendency toward excess and exaggeration.
Before you make any big decisions or investments, you will want to do a little homework. Venus, the planet of values makes a connection with Neptune that can throw some interesting ideas in our path and cause us to take a quick break to re-assess whether we should keep moving forward or take a step back. All leads are not necessarily promising. However, intuition is in high gear, so don't be afraid to listen. Be aware things seen in the clear light of day can seem a long way from the fantasies we conjure up when dreaming in moonlight.
Daily Muse: Our concern must be to live while we're alive… to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are. (Elizabeth Kubler-Ross)
THURSDAY JUNE 20
MOON in SCORPIO
Moon Void of Course 12:16 pm (PDT) – 1:31 am Friday morning
Sun enters Cancer 10:04 pm (PDT)
Gentle lunar connections to both Venus and Mercury get the day off to a tender start. The Moon in Scorpio is introspective today and any tendency to judge ourselves or others for transgressions can be mediated by a forgiving and generous attitude. This is a good day to face up to a fear or doubt or to get some clarity on a personal demon or monster you feel whispering in your ear. An even sweeter connection between Mercury and Venus this evening facilitates linking minds and hearts in constructive and loving ways.
An important seasonal and astrological change comes late tonight – 10:04 pm (PDT) – when the Sun enters caring and sustaining Cancer. This sign may be sensitive and even retiring but as a Cardinal sign it is also assertive and skillful. Family and home are important focuses while the Sun transits through this sign of emotional warmth and security.
Daily Muse: I live in my own little world. But it's ok, they know me here. (Lauren Myracle)
FRIDAY JUNE 21 MOON IN SCORPIO/SAGITTARIUS
Moon enters Sagittarius 1:31 am (PDT)
We might feel an interesting exchange of energy today sort of like sniffing the wind to identify a vaguely familiar scent. Late last night the Sun left chatty Gemini for the home fires of Cancer. Early this morning, the emotional Moon emerged from introspective Scorpio for a romp in adventurous Sagittarius. Either way you look at it, we seem to be doing a balancing act between extroverted activity and introverted contemplation. The Moon's unfocused square to dreamy Neptune is good for imagination and distraction but we may find it a challenge to stay on track today.
Daily Muse: Everything flows and nothing abides; everything gives way and nothing stays fixed. (Heraclitus)
SATURDAY JUNE 22 MOON in SAGITTARIUS
Adventures, mental and physical are definitely on the menu today as the optimistic and fearless Moon glides effortlessly through an inspired trip in Sagittarius. Its only connection is a quick opposition to Mars in Gemini. Although this can be a bit of a bump in the emotional road, it occurs in the very early morning hours and can also serve as a springboard of inspiration and motivation pointing us in an interesting direction. Gemini and Sagittarius are both information seekers. Gemini is dispersive and likes to cover lots of ground; Sagittarius searches for the context and meaning to turn data into useful information. Embrace both energies and you will go far today.
Daily Muse: After all," Anne had said to Marilla once, "I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string. (L.M. Montgomery)
SUNDAY JUNE 23 MOON in SAGITTARIUS / CAPRICORN
Moon Void of Course 12:09 am (PDT) – 1:08 am
Full Moon 2 Capricorn 4:32 am (PDT)
It's an emotionally charged day starting with the Full Moon in ambitious Capricorn in the early morning hours. This energy in the pragmatic sign of Capricorn needs to balance its need for structure, order and discipline with the Sun in Cancer's propensity for intuition and sensitivity. It's the planners verses the spontaneous, 'let me see how I feel' group. I can practically see your heads shaking in acknowledgment. We may not be in one camp or the other but we certainly have been caught in the crossfire.
Interestingly enough this Moon makes productive alliances today with Saturn (ruler of Capricorn) in the water sign of Scorpio and with imaginative Neptune in water sign Pisces. We just are not going to be able to get away from the need to balance intuition with structure, head with heart, and feelings with action.
Do your best to adopt an accepting and forgiving attitude throughout the day. Tonight, the Moon's merger with Pluto may give the energy a feeling of somber inevitability and a lunar square with innovative Uranus requires adaptability.
Daily Muse: My wife, Mary, and I have been married for forty-seven years, and not once have we had an argument serious enough to consider divorce; murder, yes, but divorce, never. (Jack Benny)
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Clicking the picture above will take you to the Asteroid Report which includes Chiron. Chiron was the topic of Hay House Summit lecture and many of you asked where you could order a report with Chiron in it; this is it.
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Susan Dugan Joins C.A. on Tuesday
Join C.A. on Tuesday as she welcomes ACIM author Susan Dugan and her new book "Forgiveness Offers Everything I Want" to her show "SimpleTales" at www.12radio.com. Look at the Tuesday Section of this Power Peek for more information.
As I'm writing this, the air is filled with a brown, acrid haze. Approximately 50 miles from where I sit, several wildfires are burning out of control, without any containment. Hundreds of houses have been lost and tens of thousands of inhabitants evacuated. The smoke that fills the air is proof that lives have been changed forever.
In the Midwest, floods are overflowing riverbanks, taking out bridges and infringing on homes and businesses. On the East Coast, massive storms, crackling with lightning, are spawning tornadoes in places where they don't usually occur.
There are some who love create tension and fear. I just read an article by a pundit who excitedly proposed that there was something "big" going on and that these acts of nature are unusual, if not downright scary. I found it irritating, to say the least. I detest fear mongers.
The earth is constantly moving, changing and is quite alive. What's happening now isn't unique. The destruction of Pompeii, in 79 AD, is proof of that fact. Krakatoa erupted in 1883 and Mt. Saint Helens exploded in 1980. Our very history reveals the energy of this planet.
In the past, millions of powerful, natural events have occurred where no one was present to observe them. Now, there are almost 7 billion of us on the earth. If we get in the way, nature simply does what it does.
We have a tendency to view ourselves as special. Although I don't deny that that's the case, I also remember that we share our home with an estimated 8.7 million species. That's a lot of company to keep and a stunning reminder that we're not alone.
We do differ from other species. We can make decisions that aren't based on our species specific needs. This decision-making process makes us what we are and also makes us an influence on our environment.
For example, lions hunt gazelles; gazelles graze on grass. This is the way they've evolved and this is exactly what they're supposed to do. Gazelles won't become carnivores because their digestive systems couldn't handle it. Lions are unlikely to begin eating grass and tree bark as a steady diet.
We humans, however, have created entire philosophies and spiritual beliefs about what we eat and how we need to eat it. Much of this stems from observations and safety concerns over the millennia, but some of it is purely cultural or societal. Unlike lions and gazelles, we can venture outside of our species specific necessities.
As humans, we make decisions every day. Those who tragically lost their homes in fires or floods knew that their proximity to a beach, river or forest posed a threat. I think this is why so many of these folks are able to discuss their losses with courage and acceptance. I admire them for their strength. In times like these, we tend to understand what's most important in our lives.
We're amazingly tenacious and resilient. We tend to come back stronger than before. London burned in 1666, Chicago in 1871 and 80% of San Francisco was demolished in 1906 by fire and earthquake. These metropolises weren't abandoned, but rebuilt with a new point of view and a determination to be better prepared for the future.
There's another side to being human, greed. A company recently tried to patent a human gene, something that occurs in nature, thereby giving them a monopoly on certain genetic testing that could potentially save millions of lives, making their company untold billions of dollars in the process. Rather than spreading the good news of their discovery, sharing it to improve the public good, they locked it away and proclaimed it theirs.
Greed is antithetical to nature. In any natural setting there's an ecology, usually delicate in its balance. Greed and entitlement are as unnatural as a man-eating gazelle. Sometimes, nature lets us know just how unnatural these traits of ours are.
I think it does us well to remember that we're only one of 8,700,000 species on this earth. We're visitors here and our time is precious, as is our home. We have a profound ability to influence our environment and, in turn, all those who share our environment, but we're also completely subject to the laws of nature, just as every other being on this planet is.
I like that thought. I like knowing that the laws of the Universe are standard, stable and that they pertain to everything and everybody.
I also believe that one of the greatest gifts we've been given is an understanding of the presence of more than meets the eye, to see that there's something divine in everything, even in some of the more unpleasant aspects of life.
By viewing the world realistically and being a part of it, rather than a victim, we enhance our lives. We become active on a spiritual level and realize that it's important to live with love and compassion. By observing the laws of nature and participating in its spirals, ebbs and flows, we become an integral part of the Universe and its plan.
This planet isn't doing anything to us. Our home sustains us, has for a very long time and I pray will do so for a long time to come.
Let's not listen to those who love to spread doom and depression. They insult us and our earth.
Instead, let's feel sympathy and empathize with our fellow human beings, their possessions now hanging in the air as smoke, and realize that we're connected and are all part of the same net of life. Let's all realize that the laws that govern this planet govern us as well and that we have a responsibility to be clearheaded and not react to the fears and manipulations of others.
I marvel at my life on this beautiful orb and am in awe of the gift of life itself. I'm nothing more than a visitor here, but my goodness, what a great visit.
Until next week, I wish you peace, love and fearlessness.
Program Note: Out of Mo's Mind will again air with predictions for the upcoming week, as well as a subject that has yet to be discovered. I suppose I could send an expedition into my mind, in order to force the issue, but that sometimes ends badly. For example, I tried to push for a subject last week and that resulted in an obsession to write lyrics to the theme song for Jurassic Park. I'm not doing too badly, but it isn't the stuff for a radio show. Or, maybe it is? Wednesday, 9 AM, Pacific Daylight Time of 12 radio.com. LIVE!
I love music and have always felt inspired and healed by classical music. One of my all-time favorite pieces is "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber. There have been times in my life when I felt that listening to this piece of music literally healed my energy body. As I listen to it now I feel it reconnecting and balancing my Heart Chakra.
I played the Clarinet in High School and college. I remember sitting in orchestra rehearsal listening to the strings practice Barber's moving piece and crying for no reason. Even then this piece of music was balancing my energy body and soothing my teenage emotions. Listen to "Adagio for Strings" here.
Our energy bodies vibrate at various frequencies, and sometimes they fall out of tune. Using vibration is a very effective way to keep your frequencies balanced. This can be done by drumming, playing a singing bowl, singing, listening to music, or playing a musical instrument.
There are several classical pieces I go to for healing and balancing. In my experience, music created with real live instruments is more beneficial to our energy bodies than electronically created music. Try listening to a few of these (best with headphones) and see what you think. Feel where the music resonates in your body. This is how you know what part of your energy body is being healed by the vibrations.
Canon in D-Pachelbel
Dances with Wolves Soundtrack
Last of the Mohicans Soundtrack
The Mission Soundtrack
The New World Symphony-Dvorak
The Brandenburg Concertos-Bach
Eine Keline Nachtmusik-Mozart
Claire de Lune-Debussy
These are just a few examples of a vast selection of classical music available. I encourage you to give it a try. I know not everyone resonates with classical music, but there are certain pieces that are universally balancing and healing.
Each week Carolyn Ferris will pull from her hand designed Tarot cards to reveal a message for us. Carolyn has been a psychic for many years and has a substantial amount of notoriety with her art. She has created art for many clients such as Timothy Leary, Santana, The Fillmore, and Moonalice.
Her artwork can be viewed at her web site www.intuitivereadings.com!
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Just Passing By
An elephant passes by a cove of flowers. A cat is peering over a flower in the foreground, and a hummingbird flies in place while other animals are seen just resting. The elephant represents your ability to remember and the strength to move forward. The other animals and the flowers represent the ability to rest and just be. Remember, problems you may have are outside of yourself. Your soul is in perfect order. There are beautiful bountiful scenes to experience, get some rest then find them!
Many of the interests I have in my eclectic world will be represented here. From the weekly Power Peek to the things and people that I love (not all of them, of course). May you find something you like. Mark