TIPS FOR TODAY:
# 1 – Wise words, indeed!
# 2 – This was a quote featured in the weekly newsletter I received from astrologer Rob Brezsny…..
“The Way of Abundance is all too often misconstrued as a shallow sense
of ‘getting what one wants,’ ‘eliminating the negative,’ or ‘being free from pain.’ Even the often-touted ‘manifesting your dreams,’ offers a
psychological disposition that generally remains fixated around
manifestation as ‘the project of me.’
“But the ‘project of me’ can never be enough, for it does not meet ‘the
other,’ and real living involves meeting. The touch and contact with all of life, the full freedom of non-separation, the completeness of full
relationship, and the radiance of compassionate ecstasy is what we are
inherently hungry for.”
– Rick Jarow, Alchemy of Abundance
# 3 – What a smile….the Buddha would be pleased.
“In many statues and pictures, the Buddha is depicted with a slight smile. Research now shows that even a small smile relaxes our reactivity and inclines us toward feelings of ease and well being.” – Tara Brach, “True Refuge”
# 4 – Short, insightful presentation by Eckhart Tolle on surrender and resistance……
# 5 – And the winter solstice and new moon are upon us and, according to astrograph.com, it sounds like we’re in for what could be a powerfully transformative time…..
Sunday’s Winter Solstice is a powerful one and deserves a special mention, not least because this same day also represents the significant turning point of the Capricorn New Moon, taking place just a few hours later. Additionally, the extremely close Uranus-Pluto square and Eris-Jupiter trine are still quite active, as they are for the entire month of December.
But first a few words about the Winter Solstice itself, that ancient festival of the returning of the light that is still celebrated in Western culture with its survival into modern times as the Christian and Jewish holiday season. Just as the New Moon represents the beginning of the monthly lunation cycle, based on the relationship of Sun and Moon, the Winter Solstice represents one important beginning of the yearly cycle of the Earth’s relationship to the Sun, when the daylight reaches its lowest point, and begins to rise again.
Another important timing is of course the Sun’s “Aries ingress,” of the Spring Equinox, also considered a yearly starting point when the length of day is equal to the length of night. The Winter Solstice is also known as the “Capricorn ingress” of the Sun, or entrance into the sign of Capricorn, as he completes and initiates another yearly cycle. Astrologers therefore use the chart for the Winter Solstice, the timing of the shortest daylight period of the entire year as the opportunity for taking a symbolic look at the year ahead…
And an excerpt from an article at mooncircles.com about the new moon and solstice…..
Change-agent Uranus in fiery Aries stations direct at the Solstice/New Moon as well, jumpstarting a burning desire and momentum that’s been held in abeyance for five months. In fact, the three-hour period from 2:45 pm to 5:36 pm PST on Dec. 21st is one of the strongest portals for release and rebirth that I’ve seen in a long while. This is especially true wherever zero degrees of Capricorn (New Moon) and 12 degrees of Aries (Uranus SD) fall in your chart. I’ve been telling all my clients to get out into nature or at least light a candle and do a ritual to celebrate the rebirth of the light within. Whatever intentions we set at this time will be supported by Saturn’s shift into Sagittarius on Dec. 23, which will help us cultivate and sustain hope, and stay on track to manifest our New Year’s goals.
# 6 – And if you’re in the mood for fixing some tasty treats this weekend, here are some recipes to inspire you…..
# 7 – Yes, shouldn’t the holiday season be about presence more than presents?!
(thanks to Dream Living with Karynne Boese for the list)