Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Precious Ones Need New Home

Colorado Cat People!
"Bailey" & "Lexie"
Are Ready to go to Their New Home!
If you can adopt either one (or even both!), of these two charmers,
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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Animal Totem Energy For the Week of Nov. 28

Caterpillar comes this week to remind us that we're still not ready to show the world our wonderful ideas. The life phase of caterpillar is one of strengthening and preparing, so we find ourselves given more time to clarify, add to, and perfect what we've been working on. (Actually good energy for this time before the holidays when we may be keeping gifts secret for those we love). The energy of caterpillar is quite delicate, so once again, keep your projects and ideas close to your heart and pursue their fulfillment so when you do bring them out into the world, they'll be as perfect as you can make them.

There is also still the possibility of someone actually trying to block our path, so don't just trust without investigation. If you have been keeping up with this blog, you'll remember that this energy of potential sabotage has been going on for awhile, so be patient.

Because caterpillar sheds his skin several times before journeying on to his butterfly stage, he reminds us that in order for new ideas to manifest, old beliefs must be discarded. So, as you're preparing, remember to catch any worn out ideas, plans, goals, or even people that are no longer empowering to you at this time. Anything you keep by you out of fear or sentimentality will only block your creative flow.

Caterpillar focuses on one thing: getting strong so he will have enough energy to go through the great transformation into butterfly. He doesn't scatter his energies, but finds the best, most beneficial foods, and eats his way to strength. Follow caterpillar's example and husband your energies in secret so when the time comes, what you're ready to give to the world will be at its most splendid.

Blessings, Val

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Amimal Totem Energy For the Week of Nov. 21

Jaguar cames with an invitation to reclaim your own power from those who may have taken it away either physically, emotionally or spiritually. The energy opens now for you to look at those places inside where parts of you may be not just damaged, but missing; work with ceremony, soul retrieval, dreams, shamanic pathworking, or with a spiritual adviser to discover where there are empty places that need to be filled and healed. When trauma enters you life, parts of you can flee out of grief or fear, and because whatever is happening is just too severe to process. Now is reclamation time.

Simply knowing about a past event and how it may have damaged you is a first step in the process, but in order to recall parts of your precious inner being that may have gone underground, a more direct approach is needed. Calling these parts back is a mysterious and dramatic path, and Jaguar, being one of the most powerful of the big cats, lends us his energy at this time to use on this journey within. He will guide you to the right technique for your personal task, whether it be dreamwork, a shamanic practitioner or something else. Constructing your own personal ceremony is also very powerful and can be a part of any other way.

On a more mundane level, Jaguar may be asking you to remember to keep your plans close to your heart again this week, as there may be others who don't have your best interests foremost, and will be happy to sabotage your efforts.

There's also a tendency at this time to act and speak more aggressively than is absolutely necessary, so try to remember that in gentleness is the greatest strength; meditate on an image of Jaguar with her cub.

So, in the beginning of the madness of the holidays, Jaguar is asking that we step in a different direction, and move into our own power as we grant ourselves the gift of wholeness.

Blessings on Your Journey, Val

Saturday, November 13, 2010

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Turtle comes this week to remind us of the cycles of the moon and of the wisdom of Mother Earth. A week from Sunday, on Nov. 21st, is a full moon in Taurus, an earth sign, which could give special strength to earth-energy events such as earthquakes, landslides, and volcanic eruptions. As the moon's energies increase this week, so does the influence of Turtle. She lives in water, not on land, and can feel the vibrations of events happening around her as they pass through her element. Pay attention this week to what you feel more than to what seems more obvious in the world of everyday life, because what you feel will be more accurate than what you see.

Water is the element of the emotions; Turtle, with her beautiful shell, flies weightlessly right through this element, finding food, shelter and companionship. The emotional body in humans can be fine-tuned to be one of the most exquisitely sensitive receptors of etheric messages if the emotions are cleared, calmed and filled with unconditional love. No small order, but one worth pursuing, and there's an open passage for this effort right now. Imagine cruising serenely as Turtle through the water with all your receptors open and willing to feel the universal energy flowing in waves all around, bringing you messages of wisdom and peace.

Turtle also is closely aligned with Mother Earth in many traditions across the planet, so spend some time this week bringing yourself closer to the precious being who gives us shelter, food, and such beauty as can hardly be fathomed. She needs us to care for her in loving and responsible ways, now more than ever. Don't give in to "Green Movement Burnout." Caring for the earth starts and ends with us, and it is a never-ending effort. Meditate with Turtle, ask for guidance about what part you can play in this endeavor, then step up and do just one thing each week to make this home of ours a little cleaner, safer, more beautiful.

Turtle's energy is kind, deep and wise; a delightful presence this week.
Blessings, Val

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Mercury conjunct Mars until Dec. 18,2010

Mercury joins Mars in Sagittarius beginning today, lasting until December 18th. The most powerful time will be on November 20th, when they are in exact aspect. Communication and getting things done dominate your time; ideas, words and insights flourish. Your higher self is stimulated philosophically and spiritually, which can promote amazing leaps in your consciousness, since the new moon in Scorpio on November 5th set the stage for growth and advancement. Letters, emails and other written or oral communications need extra focus on expressing clearly what you want to say or get accomplished. Aggressive thoughts, word choices, or hasty, ill-thought out changes in your direction can lead to regret over ever having brought up these concerns, so let caution and kindness be your guide during these times, and you will achieve greater and more meaningful progress.

Mercury retrogrades in Capricorn on the December 10th until the 29th, influencing Mars from December 10th through the 18th. Use additional care, clarity and focus if you readjust,
what you set in motion earlier in order to maximize your success. Wait until after December 29th to begin new projects or to make large purchases.

All the outer planets will have their effects on this conjunction of Mercury and Mars. which brings a trans-personal level of influence to everyone. Pluto's influences from November 29th through December 18th will bring to the fore transformation and power issues in business, financial affairs or possibly your personal life. Circumstances may become better or worse depending on where Pluto's transiting in your personal astrological chart. Neptune's effects on Mercury from November 21st through December 4th, and on Mars from November 22nd through December 12th cause confusion, delays or changes of direction in your thinking and your ability to complete your projects. Be watchful of your time and commitments, and don't overextend yourself. Uranus's influence from November 22nd through December 4th, with Mercury, and through December 12th with Mars brings the unexpected; rethink your beliefs and take a wait-and-see approach to any long term projects or personal commitments.

On the other hand, Saturn will lend structure, discipline, and personnel changes to your business or personal life from November 12th through the 23rd, so stay flexible and remain mindful of the changes and constraints which may be called for now. Jupiter, associated with optimism and expansion, as well as philosophy and spirituality, will have a less than its usual fortunate affects on completing your projects or dealing with your personal affairs; however, this influence lasts only from November 22nd through December 1st with Mercury and through December 10th with Mars.

The asteroids Pallas Athena and Chiron are also players during this time. Pallas Athena, the asteroid of wisdom, intuition and healing, lends her love and strength to your communication skills and aids in finding creative solutions to your projects from November 10th through December 12th. Follow her guidance and find yourself wiser, happier and more satisfied in all that you have accomplished. Chiron, the asteroid of the wounded healer and the quest for truth, brings spiritual clarity and higher thinking to Mercury's influence from November 22nd through December 4th, and Mars' influence from November 23rd through December 11th, helping you to integrate your spiritual practices into whatever you are doing. Chiron focuses on keeping healing and understanding as your primary concerns in communication or negotiation with others, and offers you the power to break through to new common ground. Sudden insights may facilitate the completion of projects which seemed difficult to accomplish earlier.

Because the holidays can trigger unexpected issues, sensitive communications, contracts, and other large life changes are better left alone until these planetary influences subside after the 18th of December. Try to remain understanding of other people's points of view, fears and hopes, and encourage your inner pilot to take the high road in whatever situation you find yourself, specifically when Mercury and Mars are exact on November 20th .

The tarot's the King of Cups works with this energy in offering an open window to healing and releasing old hurts during this time. Also, heed the advice of older, more sensitive mentors who may have a different perspective which could help you along your path.

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Animal Totem Energy for the Week of Nov. 7

Stick Insect

Walking Stick Bug tells you that this is the time to keep your plans close to your heart & to reveal them to no one just yet. Silence & stillness are the watchwords for the moment, since there's a danger that someone or something may be about to undermine or sabotage your intentions. On the other hand, there's the possibility that you're holding too tightly to those plans & are thinking them to death without ever taking the steps that are needed to bring them into fruition. Unfulfilled dreams can undermine your energy & self-esteem as they demand to be brought into manifestation, so take time now to consciously free those plans & make a list of the first steps you can take to begin the process. Later, when the energy favors more aggressive action, you'll be ready to go.

Meditation & dream work are very helpful now as you solidify your ideas. It's not a time for action, but is perfect for refining what you have already begun, as well as for asking for inspiration from the deepest parts of your psyche. Rest can be important now as the seasons change & our bodies require more sleep as well as warm, nourishing foods, especially those that take awhile to cook - stews, breads & casseroles. You may not feel so much like socializing, but are drawn to the home hearth, quiet music & good books.

Walking Stick Bug will wait in perfect stillness for his meal to come along, or will freeze in place
as a predator passes by, & we could benefit from these behaviors during this week. Pay close attention to what's going on around you, listen to your intuition about the people you think you can trust, & as you wait, nourish yourself & build your dreams.

Have a great week!
Blessing, Val