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Friday, December 28, 2012

Full Moon in Cancer: Letting go of 2012
If you've been feeling lots of raw and open emotions these days, you're not alone.  It might be because we've entered a new era that really signals cooperation, connectedness and sharing, all of which can be rather emotional.  It might be because we are letting go of Christmas holidays and moving towards a new year.  It night just be that you are in fact, human!  Or.... perhaps, it's at least in part due to the fact that today we move into a full moon in Cancer cycle.

In my opinion, a Full Moon always brings emotions to the surface whether we admit that or not. And the energy around a Full Moon in Cancer is particularly focused on emotions.  Cancer is a water sign and this energy reconnects us with our "oceans of emotions" according to We'Moon 2012.

I wrote about the Full Moon in Cancer aspects last year  All of that information still applies, but...

I personally believe we have entered a new era, and to me that means it's time to let go of some old things.  This seems like the perfect time to do that as the Full Moon is always a signal to let go. This year it coincides pretty nicely with letting go of the year 2012 as we get close to New Year's Day. I think moon cycles make more sense than the rules of a calender, so I think tonight under the full moon is the time to really think about what you want to leave behind from 2012 and take with you into 2013.

As we enter a new era and change our way of thinking, I believe it's time to let go of whatever it was that used to give you a sense of safety and security. I think it's time to let go of  at least the negative aspects of your Root Chakra and what holds you "rooted" instead of just "grounded".  Maybe it's time to think about the moss again...  It turns out there is energy about to help you do just that. 

Pam Younghans at  explains that this full moon is:
"also aligned with a quasar that assists us in "reaching out into untapped, unknown areas of space, time and mind to learn more and create an inner knowing and security." (Mary Elizabeth Jochmans) This extension of self into unknowns is also supported both by the strong Uranus involvement with the lunation, and by Mars' entry into Aquarius on Tuesday.
Of all the signs, Aquarius is the one most known for its willingness to venture into realms of higher consciousness on its journey to self-knowledge. Mars represents our ability to take action, to gather courage, and to initiate a process. With Mars in Aquarius for the next six weeks, our willingness to "boldly go where we have not gone before" is enhanced, as we do our best to know the thus-far unknowable."

Now that's what I'm talking about!! 
If the thought of that sends a shiver up your spine, or if you seem to need help unearthing your roots, the Bach Flower essence Aspen might come in handy.  It is typically indicated for fears and worries of the unknown.  I guess it's because of such worries that we stay rooted.  We are afraid to fly but we don't really know why.  Aspen can help you find your true state of inner peace. Aspen can help you make that connection to your higher self so you can bring those shooting stars of inspiration, feedom and security into your life.  The essence can help you turn apprehension into a desire for adventure. 

I believe this Full Moon in Cancer, arriving at the end of December 2012, is an opportunity to really consider what it is about this whole era that you would like to be free of; to let go of , once and for all. If we don't let go, we really can't fly. Tonight seems like a great night to think about what it is from the past that you really don't need to keep with you. Safety and security come from inside, from our higher knowing.  It doesn't come from below. It doesn't come from others. It doesn't come from possessions or material aspects. True security comes from above. We can bring whatever it is we want into our world. This is a chance to  form our own rootless, mossy, way of being.
So under this emotional full moon in Cancer, release your fears of life without roots.  Let go, let be, and be prepared to be amazed. 

Enjoy the flight!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve 2012

Well, I didn't see my house elves on December 21, 2012  I still have hope they may be  under the Christmas tree tomorrow morning. Hmm...

It has for many, if not all, been some pretty intense times lately.I found this YouTube video really helpful for understanding the process of change  The changing over to a new era, maybe a new world view, isn't an easy process. Letting go and embracing change never is easy I guess, and there will always be some people who refuse to see the change that is right in front of them. Perhaps some truly don't experience change because they refuse to accept it's appearance.

In my opinion, Christmas Eve in itself is always a pretty intense time.  I guess it's the "group anticipation" energy I talked about a couple of years ago  If only I could follow my own advice!  I still feel that post from two years ago applies- maybe even more so as we combine changing times with group anticipation and a whole lot of the "unknown". Once again it seems, we find ourselves following a star, or looking towards a new light trying to figure out what is in store for us. I think this anticipation is a mix of excitement, dread, hope, caution and optimism.

With so many emotions milling around it just seems like a good idea to consider some Bach Flower help.  My Christmas Eve 2012 remedy would contain Cherry Plum, Red Chestnut, Elm, Walnut and Honeysuckle.
Here's why...

Cherry Plum would be the top indicated essence during this time.  I include it for the fear of loosing control.  It's also the fear of "letting go of control".  It's helpful when you need to let things be, let emotions come, and allow events to happen without maintaining control over the speed, direction, and force.It's helpful when that world view you cling to is of the need to strictly control rather than let go. Cherry Plum people want to make sure they know what each present under the tree contains because they want to be able to control their reactions and perhaps even the reactions of others. We may all need a lot of Cherry Plum this year as we experience less and less control. In the "follow the Christmas Star scenario", Cherry Plum people would be the ones that suggested they move out and find that star so they control what happened rather than just enjoy the illumination it presented.

Red Chestnut is also included in my Christmas Eve remedy.  It's indicated for fear or over-concern and worry for others.  It's for those who worry that Christmas won't be "perfect" for everyone around them.  It's for parents that feel concerned they may not have the exact right present for their child. It's also helpful for children that worry about family members not arriving safely, or that siblings may not get what they want for Christmas. In the "Christmas Star scenario" Red Chestnut people were those that were part of the expedition just so they could look after their loved ones that insisted on going. They were worried the star was going to burn everyone so they packed all kinds of disaster kits and carried them along "just in case" their worst fears materialized.

I think everyone around Christmas time and in the days following could use a dose of Elm.  Elm is for overwhelming responsibility. It's for anyone that feels they may have taken on too much stuff and have a momentary sense of exhaustion and doubt.  I think this doubt probably culminates around about Christmas Eve when you have been trying to fit everything in to an already packed schedule.  In the "Christmas Star scenario" I figure at least one of those Wise Men was just exhausted carrying these gifts and wondering all the time if he could possibly make it, let alone get back to work and finish up what was waiting for him once this expedition was over.  He didn't really enjoy the journey because he was overwhelmed by the responsibility of it all.  A few drops of Elm would have given him the ability to put this quest into perspective and maybe delegate a bit of work to someone else.  Maybe he would have accepted a camel ride instead of making the whole journey on foot.

Walnut may be the essence most needed during these shifting times.  It helps provide protection from change and outside influences.  Like all the essences, Walnut helps your body find it's point of balance so that you remain true to self, healthy and adjusting in harmony with the changes going around you.  If you've had to change some Christmas traditions this year, or adjust to some changing patterns, this Bach is for you.  If you're feeling the influence of a shift in the world - this Bach essence is for you.  In the "following the Christmas Star scenario", this essence would have been helpful for those travelers that really understood this journey was about something far bigger than their imaginations and current sense of reality.

Finally, my Christmas Eve remedy would contain Honeysuckle.  It's indicated for those that cling to the past or have an over-attachment to memories.  I think most people go through some nostalgia during Christmas Eve.  We remember past Christmas' - either good or bad.  Sometimes it's hard to let go of those memories and move forward.  Honeysuckle can help you move forward with no regrets. This too might be an essence we need as we move through the shift and accept that change occurred and will continue to occur.  In the "following the star story", no doubt there were some people that refused to believe that star was any brighter than it had ever been. They didn't want to see a change in the sky.  They were used to and comfortable with the darkness. It might have been hard to convince them to try a little Honeysuckle, but if they had of, they might have moved forward with greater ease.

I guess the point is Christmas Eve can be a magical time if we just get out of our own way and allow it to be.

Merry Christmas!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Winter Solstice, Mayan Predictions; World Change

In my part of the world we received our first snow fall yesterday.  It's beautiful out there today. It quite suddenly looks, and feels, a lot like Christmas to me.  In a matter of a few hours it would seem we experienced some pretty change. Hmm....

Tomorrow, December 21, 2012 will be Winter Solstice, and that too is signs of change from our natural world.  I wrote about the solstice last year  All the same information applies this year.  Tomorrow, December 21st will be the shortest day of the year in terms of sunlight and signals a change- over into the light.  After the solstice, we start to gain more and more light each day here in the Northern Hemisphere.

But this particularly Winter Solstice has also got some "extra significance" around it.  It would seem the Mayans ended their calender on this date.  That doesn't mean they predicted the "end of the world" or a "doomsday" although the story has been twisted into that version by a lot of groups and individuals.  The Mayans really didn't predict what exactly would happen, except to say we would move into a new era. And although as far as I can research, they didn't get into the specifics of this new era, they seemed to believe it was positive, full of light, love and peace.

Maybe that's why they ended the calender?  Maybe in a new era we wouldn't need the same adherence to time, dates, days of the week, workday versus weekend, holidays versus Monday's. Maybe we'll be able to do what feels right, go with the Flow  and be at peace.  Hmm....

I'll admit it bugs me a bit to hear people making a mockery of this idea of the end of the calender and some kind of change. First of all they are buying into the doomsday myth, or actually refuting the doomsday myth which isn't the real story in the first place. Secondly, it's pretty easy to sound all tough and full of doubt when; if you're wrong, no one will be around to call you on it! It feels to me a bit like it did in the lead up to Y2k.  Some people made a mockery of those who thought "something" might happen and when we transitioned easily they used it as a chance to say "told you so".  In fact, in the lead up to Y2k, a lot of people did a lot of work to make the transition easy for all of us.  So when the clocks turned over, those who believed there might be a change and had done something positive about that, brought all those who acted cavalier and untouched into the fully functioning techno world without so much as a glitch. Sound familiar?

I'm not predicting anything, but I feel like the world is changing, has been changing and is going to continue to change through the Solstice. I have no idea what that change will be but I feel it will be very positive. I think there's a possibility that some people will see more change than others.  Maybe it depends on how you "play pretend" and what you choose to see and experience.

If you're feeling a little unsettled by the coming Solstice and the potential for change there are a number of Bach Flower essences that can bring you to your balanced core.  White Chestnut, Wild Rose, and Star of Bethlehem are what Norma took in Sweet Shack & Bach Bar bring her the peace required to move through change, release the darkness and embrace the light. This particular combination resonates with the Crown Chakra which according to the Mayans may just be the piece that rises to a higher vibration as move through December 21st.

No matter what, I believe the Solstice is a day for celebrating with ease. It's about doing things that bring you joy and are a fit for your personal story of pretend. Out of our imaginations come great things and out of the darkness comes our greatest light.

Happy Solstice!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Game of Pretend

When I was a kid we had a favorite, fall-back, game called "pretend".   Someone would just say, "let's play pretend" and we were off.  No one had to explain or clarify rules, we just all seemed to know what it meant.  Basically it meant there was no need to be honest, no need to clarify any facts, no rules, no restrictions.  If you said you had a super power, or a purple elephant- you had it -no arguments were entertained. My sister and I who didn't agree on much, and didn't see the world in the same way very often, could even play this game together. Because when you play pretend, no one really has to play it "with" you.  So my sister could have pretend fashion shows with friends that didn't really exist and I could have pretend rodeos with animals that didn't exist. My animals never walked on her fashionably clothes (that she knew about!) and her flamboyant hats never spooked my high strung horses (that I knew about!).  In fact, for hours on end, both of us could pretend the other didn't exist! I suspect sometimes my sister still plays that game!!

When I entered the world of emergency management, the game of pretend served me well.  Responders are taught by imaginative simulations and scenarios used to practice and test how you might respond in a "real situation".  It's a world of creativity and imagination meets science. Practicing in a made-up world gives you the tools to respond in an actual event.

In my part of the world, things have felt pretty intense, heavy, serious, I guess. It's as though there is an energy shift that feels thick in parts as we move through it. Dec. 12, 2012 was a big date with the line-up of 12-12-12, considered a balance between yin and yan or feminine and masculine energy.  Maybe that means now that we've moved on to Dec. 13th, we are past that point of balance and moving into a new world order. Hmm...

Today the New Moon is in Sagittarius  That type of energy suggests it might just be a great day to pretend, to lighten up, dream a bit, think beyond your borders.

So... let's pretend....

You wake up on December 22nd and go about your morning chores, including turning the coffee maker on.  Sitting beside your machine is a creature the likes of which you've never seen.  This is my pretend, and I've always had a "thing" for elves, so in my pretend this creature looks like an elf.  Not exactly like the one in today's picture, more like a Harry Potter house elf type creature.  For a moment you stand frozen in fear (insert the Bach Flower  remedy But the creature is too big to swat away or "trap", too small to seem that dangerous, and in fact, he/she is actually handing you a cup of coffee!  The creature in a rudimentary language says "hello" and asks if it's okay if he/she parks the ship outside in your driveway. You nod because the Rock Rose hasn't totally "kicked in" yet to the point that you can speak but at least you can move.  The creature then tells you he/she has come from another galaxy to help you out.  They (there's a whole fleet of these guys!) have all kinds of gifts and things to show you.  It turns out they have food that doesn't look or taste anything like what you have but it satisfies your hunger and energizes you.  You can still get food in the grocery store if you want to but why would you bother? They can supply energy to your house that works with your electricity system so you have cleaner, efficient and free energy. They can give you fuel for your vehicle that works in a similar fashion to the gas you use now and they are great mechanics so that all your vehicles suddenly seem to work much better.  No need for the garage/gas station anymore. And these guys haven't landed by accident.  They are here to stay.  They are exchanging their gifts for things that you have and are happy to share. Maybe they want a blog set up for them! I think they might be interested in some Bach remedies because emotions are pretty different here than what they are used to!

Pretend doesn't have rules and doesn't have to be grounded in anything. But usually there is a theme of something, a potential reality, that you expand on.I figure this scenario has been played out on earth before with some modifications.  I figure there was a Native American somewhere that was making a cup of chicory when she looked up and saw some kind of big creature standing in front of her.  He grunted in something that sounded like a language, but sometimes, first thing in the morning, it's hard to tell with guys!  When she looked at the harbour there was some sort of craft/machine/ship parked there taking up canoe space.  Those guys were here to stay too.  They traded things of equal value- some good some bad.  Life changed for everyone in the blink of an eye really, even though it took months/years/centuries/lifetimes to get to that point.

I'm not saying my house elf is coming as a prediction of what might happen after Dec. 21, 2012.  It's a game of pretend and I make it the way I want it.  I don't need you to pretend with me. I certainly don't need you to agree and if you disagree, believe me, it will fall on deaf ears. You can create your own scenario.  There were no rules for pretend but when you play pretend you don't make it scary unless you want it to be.  You don't make it sad unless you want it to be sad.  Pretend doesn't usually have endings, you can always pick it up again the next day, or if you do make endings you can switch them up. That doesn't mean things don't change, but they change for the good,or at least, in the way you want them to.

"Let's play pretend"....

Monday, December 10, 2012

Applying the 20/80 Role Internally

We are in some pretty interesting times of change.  According to many, this week has particularly significant events and a chance perhaps  for  illumination and increased awareness.  Hm...

I felt I had such an "ah ha" illuminating moment the other day.  I wrote about the 20/80 rule before as a  change management concept and it has really stuck with me since then.  It feels to me like a concept that needs to be expanded a bit, hence my "ah ha" flash. 

It occurred to me that we all spend a lot of time and effort (80%) trying to change external circumstances, forces, interactions, and perceptions. We spend lots of effort trying to explain our point of view to others to try and resolve conflict or join forces.  We keep trying to make our external environment different.  We decorate, and paint, and change things around  hoping to make, or allow, change to occur.  We spend a lot of time, effort and money (which represents time and effort) investing in things that might help us make this external transformation. We buy clothes, make-up, hair products, accessories, beautiful new shoes.... all in the name of changing that 80% outside ourselves. Maybe we're putting our effort into the 80% that doesn't really matter so much?

What if we applied the 20/80 rule and focused on the 20% inside ourselves. Maybe it's me that can change easier than I can change my environment.  Perhaps by changing myself I would only have to put in 20% effort for 80% results. Hmm...

That was pretty much my ah ha moment.  I realized that I could  apply the 20/80 rule by changing the way I thought about things, or did things ,or reacted to things instead of trying to change those "things".  I realized it really did take very little effort once I got over trying to convince myself to do it or not to do it. It might just be one of those Hundred Acre Wood saying that you are "smarter than you think" You might even find you are "stronger than you feel".

It was kind of a "Boss of Me" moment as well when I realized that the easiest way to make things change was not to focus on what was outside me, but instead to focus on me, change me, allow myself to change, and therefore, with minimal effort I really would have 80% difference. 

I'm not talking about changing external aspects of self- that's a lot of effort in my opinion. At least 80% on a good day!  I'm talking about changing my inner core.That sounds like a lot of effort- that's because we're conditioned to think that way.  I think it's a myth and a "make work project" that keeps us focusing on the really hard work- external stuff, when we instead , could be focusing a bit on the inside and making a world of change.

I guess all the Bach Flowers work on this 20/80 principle. They work on helping your body get back in balance so your body can heal itself the way it's designed to.  By making ever so slight changes in vibration you can have huge benefits.  20/80 rule!!

When you work on your core you don't convince yourself that things are wonderful when they aren't.  You don't change your perspective so that you see the good thing in a bad situation. You don't focus on the outside at all!  It is neither good nor bad.  It's irrelevant.  All that really matters is your core, your inner knowing, your inner self.  When you find that connection you'll know what to do, the rest will be easy and you'll see huge change (80%) without even trying. In fact, because you didn't try.

Sorry to say, I'm not really sure what it is that you "do" in that 20% inner core fixing.  It's more a feeling and once you experience it, you know what I mean.  It's maybe "doing nothing" and letting go of trying to work on the 80% external stuff. For some it might be meditation.  For others it might be a good long walk.  It might be just sitting in silence, or watching the stars, painting a picture, or listening to music.  What it "isn't" is anything hard, uncomfortable, thought provoking,  work orientated, or "fix-orientated".  I guess it's just "being". 

I figured today's picture fits in to the 20/80 rule.  You don't put Christmas lights on 80% of the trees in the  forest so that you have a beautiful place in the center.  You put the lights in the one 20% of the forest in the centre. And that lights up a beautiful peaceful space and  the whole forest just becomes background.  The focus in on what's at the centre.  You....

Shine your light!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Planetary Alignment: Hoax or Help?

I started first seeing today's picture about six months ago when a friend of my emailed it to me.  Since then I've seen it in a variety of forms and avenues.  It seems to be one of those "things" that makes it's way through cyber-land with only a vague idea of where it might have come from, how it might have been generated and what it might mean. The source seems unclear. Hmm....

I'm pretty sure there are lot of variations as to what this picture was all about, but the most pervading one seems to be that it was showing an alignment of the three planets, Mercury, Venus and Saturn, above the Giza pyramids as it would look on December 3rd 2012. Some of the explanations accompanying the picture claimed this alignment last happened around 3000 years ago.  So it would seem such an alignment again might be significant of something. 

No one was quite sure what the "something" might be really.  As the picture starting making it's rounds to more celestial or spiritual perspectives, the thought seemed to generate that this event would signify an opening of love and expansion, more harmonious living maybe.  I didn't see any doom and gloom predictions although they might have been out there, but the positive ones were pretty vague.

As we got closer to the day this alignment was to occur, I started to hear that this was all a hoax. At first I was a little crushed.  I had been looking forward to a big of magic.

The first "hoax claim" was that this photo wasn't credited or couldn't be sourced.  And considering it was event that hadn't happened yet it couldn't be a picture so that made it a "hoax".  I'm not a great historian but even I am aware that digital photography wasn't around 3000 years ago so it can't be a picture of the last time this happened either.Well.. dah... I think I understood that.  It's art people!  I didn't see anyone claim it to be a photo anymore than I saw the credits.  To me, it looks a little in keeping with the season.  It has some similarities to the Star of Bethlehem or Christmas Star and I realize those pictures of the Wise Men,  and the Manger Scene are not meant to be taken literally.  I still appreciate the artistic talent. This picture just gives me a good peaceful feeling.  That doesn't feel like a hoax.

According to astrologers, these planets actually line up in a row on a much more frequent basis than once every 3000 years. So that's not true either according to those wishing to burst the bubble of magic.  Well, I guess I've must been missing the magic a lot more times than I realized.  Maybe it's time to pay attention. And maybe I'll another chance again after today.  All good.

In my part of the world, today felt kind of special.  It was dark and gloomy but it felt "different" to me in a good way.  It was way above seasonal temperatures and the chickadees were out in full force.  So if I pay attention to the chick-a-dee message, it's time to trust my intuition and not be afraid to talk about it.

I don't plan to be near the Giza pyramids tonight to prove myself wrong, or right.  So I'm just going to believe in the magic of planetary alignment and intutive sense that good things are happening.  I think if Venus is out in full force that means love is freely offered.  And if Mercury is lined up beside Venus that just lights the fires and speeds up the connections between the universal love that's offered and the receiving of it. Saturn seems to kind of favor hard work for bringing returns so if we've all been working hard on earth, maybe it's really time for some magical love. 

I figure you always have a choice in life.  You can believe in magic or believe in hoaxes.  I find it just easier to believe in a bit of magic.  There's less fact checking and research and source checking involved.  It feels lighter and more creative to me. I like that.

So go ahead, line up.  I'll be looking up tonight.  I'll be thinking about magic and I'll be open to it!