TIPS FOR TODAY:
# 1 – A short , stimulating video titled What If Money Didn’t Matter…
# 2 – And on the lighter side of things, it takes a lot to make me laugh out loud, but this got me going, and they say that laughter is good for the soul, so here’s my holiday present to you all…
Glad no one was hurt and that the people in the video ended up laughing even harder than me :-) Want to know more about how the body benefits from laughter?
# 3 – Loved this image! Evoked so many thoughts and feelings
# 4 – Well, 12-12-12 and 12-21-12 are fast approaching and this astrological forecast for December from astrograph.com gives insight into the forces at play…
The Astrology of December features Jupiter, Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptuneand Pluto. Mercury is also still recovering from its recent retrograde, up to the time of the mid-December New Moon. Saturn strongly aspected Uranusat the time of the Solar Eclipse from the middle of last month that began the current lunation cycle, and that aspect, an inconjunct, continues into December, as Saturn begins to closely aspect Pluto as well by mid-month.
The Uranus–Pluto square, even though not quite as dramatically close as it was over the summer months, is therefore still very much with us as the year draws to a close; this collision of powerful outer planets is now augmented for this brief end-of-year period by the aspects to Saturn, which is similar to their combination during the height of the revolutionary sixties.
Additionally, Uranus stations to direct motion on the very day of the December 13th New Moon. Considering the joint aspects Uranus makes to both Pluto and to Saturn, we will likely witness the polarities of the present time continue and even become more insistent. All we can do is watch and wait, and try to stay calm, following the maxim that “whatever we resist persists;” and recognizing that the oppositional activity only increases the polarization.
Neptune in the first degree of Pisces is activated by the ongoing retrograde period of Mercury, now direct but still regaining its lost zodiacal longitude, and in crossing back into Sagittarius on December 10th, squaringNeptune for the third time in this fall period. Neptune, antithetical to Saturn in its own way, as are the other two outer planets, remains in parallel with Saturn for the entire month. We have the conflict of over-idealization versus hard-nosed reality, but we may want to ask ourselves, which is the actual illusion’
Chiron, the Wounded Healer, is still hanging around in the midst of these configurations as well, as we have been outlining in previous months. He remains in close semi-sextile with Uranus and caught up in the aspect from Saturn that kicked off this current cycle, plus hit by a forming square from Mercury at the time of the December 13th New Moon. We are therefore continuing to study ourselves at deep levels, and attempting to move past our early conditioning and, indeed, our wounding, all through this time frame and especially in the first two weeks of the current month.
Jupiter is also prominent in the current mix of energies, since he squares Chiron increasing strength through the month of December, and on into mid-January, while at the time of the Last Quarter Moon of December 6th being strongly aspected by the Sun, Moon and Pluto/Mars. This brings a touch of wild-eyed optimism to the first part of December, but this could switch to a more pessimistic take on things by the 21st, when the Winter Solstice Sun in its entrance into Capricorn witnesses a perfect yod formation to Jupiter from Saturn and Pluto, implying a certain loss of faith, or at least an occasion over the period of time leading up to the Christmas holiday when our faith will be sorely tested.
Saturn with Pluto, even in a mild sextile, can be dire and perhaps even a bit drastic, as the capitalist world struggles to wriggle out of the trap that it has set for itself, and as we as individuals follow along on the basis of the same metaphor. As always, we each in our own way and on our individual timetables are striving for the light through this time of the shortest days of the year; the good news is that, just when things seem darkest, the pendulum shifts, the days grow longer, and we continue to journey up and over, following the spiral path of our destiny.
(In the 3rd paragraph it says “all we can do is watch and wait,” but I say there’s a lot we can do, like cultivating an attitude of gratitude and envisioning a world worthy of us all! :-))
# 5 – In the true spirit of the season, here’s an inspiring story about compassion, caring, and blind cats…
Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary in St. Pauls, North Carolina opened its doors seven years ago as a home for cats who were scheduled for euthanasia at animal shelters simply because they couldn’t see. The organization’s founder Alana Miller is a former army brat who traveled extensively growing up, but suddenly found herself more rooted than ever when she adopted her first blind cat many years ago.
“He showed me just how normal a blind cat can be,” Alana said. “Then I adopted a second and a third and a fourth.”
Alana was surprised to see how easily blind cats could live in a household, even at the busiest time in her life when she was operating a home-based daycare center and toys were sprinkled throughout the house. Alana found that the debris from the children didn’t bother the cats at all and she was troubled by the fact that so many blind cats simply aren’t given a chance due to misconceptions about their needs.
In 2005, Alana took a giant leap and created a full fledged sanctuary for blind cats with the promise that they would never again be tossed out of their homes.
“Back when we started our shelter, there was just no place for them,” Alana explains. “If you were unadoptable, you were just dead. Somebody has to say ‘enough’. Once a cat arrives here, they’re done. No more being bounced around.”
There are some 90 cats living in the sanctuary today and life here is anything but dull. Supporters from near and far send gifts for the cats and as for the catnip supply, well, let’s just say, let the games begin. Cats young and old roam freely here, diving through tunnels, climbing perches and rolling around with their favorite toys. Take a look:
The Sanctuary Shares These Facts About Blind Cats:
- Blind cats are cats that just happen to not be able to see. They have no idea they are blind. They know they are cats. They act like cats.
- Blind cats can do pretty much everything that a seeing cat can do. Blind cats can climb trees (they tend to back down feet first to get down), climb on cabinets, etc.
- Blind cat guardians should try to stay somewhat consistent on the important things, like the litter box and food. For the rest of the house, live normally; the cats will go around things. If you watch a blind cat, you will see that they point their whiskers out so the whiskers will brush against something typically before they hit it.
- If you pick up your blind cat and move him/her from point A to point B, try to put your cat down where they have a good idea of where they are: at their litter box, their food, or where the floors have different textures. My daycare playroom and dining room went from carpet to tile. If I wanted Louie to leave the playroom, I would put him so his front feet were on the tile and back were still on the carpet… then he knew where he was.
Reasons Cats Go Blind
“A lot of people do not realize that a cat can become blind from not being wormed,” Alana explains. “I was shocked when my vet told me that. Apparently worms will migrate around the cat’s body, including up behind the eyes where they destroy optic nerves.”
“A cat can also become blind from illness,” Alana continues. “Eye infections from upper respiratory infections, hyperthyroid, diabetes and high blood pressure can all bring on blindness. If your cat is sneezing, coughing and eyes are getting goopy, get to the vet for antibiotics. If your cat is eating like crazy and losing weight or drinking water like there is no tomorrow RUN to the vet. If your cat goes blind overnight, run to the vet. Insist that your vet checks the cat’s blood pressure. If it is caused by hypertension, the blindness often will reverse if treatment is begun immediately.”
Brought to you by the Harmony Fund international animal rescue.
# 6 – And some Abraham to end on…
“As you imagine and visualize and verbalize your new story, in time you will believe the new story, and when that happens, the evidence will flow swiftly into your experience. A belief is only a thought you continue to think; and when your beliefs match your desires, then your desires must become your reality.
There is no physical body, no matter what the conditions, that cannot achieve an improved condition. Nothing else in your experience responds as quickly as your own physical body to your patterns of thought.”— Abraham
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