Archive for December, 2010

The Christmas Tree and it’s True Meaning

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Did You Know?

In ancient times, the World Tree was seen as the center of the Universe and represented the fruit of wisdom and eternal life, rebirth, abundance, and the endurance of time.

Remnants of this can be seen today with our yearly, ritual, Christmas Tree celebrations.  The Ever Green tree is a symbol for everlasting life, while the gifts at it roots represent the abundance and fertility of creation.  The Christmas Tree unites the three Axis Mundi dimensions, (heavens, our world, and the underworld), where eternal creational energies pour continuously into the cosmic world center, and, the Silver Star at its top, symbolizes the mythic, world axis, pole star.


About the Author…
 Barbara-Lynn Freed has over twenty years experience in Shamanism and teaches a 3 year Shamanic apprenticeship called Resurrecting the Old Ways:  Walking the Land & Honoring the Spirits in Right Relationship.  To find out more about this program and how to sign-up visit her website.

Praying Mantis Totem: The Power of Stillness

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Fall is the time that you find Praying Mantis casings in your garden as you are preparing for your next growing season, when cleaning out weed debris that has accumulated during the summer months.  Their tan colored, slightly oval cocoons are easy to spot.  Simply leave them where they are, or move them to a safe place where they will winter, without being  disturbed.  Then in the spring and summer, you will be ensured of having some great insect predators in your garden, ridding you of all your unwanted critters.

One summer afternoon while watching a praying mantis    stalk, kill and eat a daddy long legs spider, I realized the infinite patience, and stealth of this meditative hunter.  In fact, the key to this insect totem is the power of stillness. We can learn from the praying mantis how to still our conscious minds and move inward, where we can draw from our spirituality, contemplation, meditation or dreams.

Pluto in Capricorn

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

I have decided to talk a little about Pluto’s journey through Capricorn, and what it means for us, since this planetary/sign combination will be with us for the next 13 years.

Capricorn is an earth sign that works with structure, authority, accomplishment and material security.  Pluto works with transformation, by first tearing all the old patterns down, and then like the phoenix, building new patterns from the ashes.

In the last two years that we have had this planetary/sign combination, we have seen in this country, the beginnings of an economic meltdown through high unemployment, foreclosures, and stock market crashes, and a testing of corporate and government leaders globally.  We can only wonder what our world will be like in the coming years.

When we apply Pluto in Capricorn to our birthcharts, we call this a transit.  Simply look at your chart to see  the house(s) where Capricorn is located.  Right now Pluto is at five degrees Capricorn.  This will indicate the place in your life where you will undergo enormous change in next 13 years.  Pluto will strip away your fears, and self-deceptions, making way for your true authentic self to come alive.

Also check to see if Pluto is near (conjoining), squaring, or opposing any other planets in your chart, for these transits will also have a profound influence in your transformational work.

The following guide will help you understand some of the changes and challenges you will be going through in the years ahead.

  • 1st House –  Individuality and self-image
  • 2nd House – Self worth, self-esteem, values, earnings
  • 3rd House – Communication
  • 4th House – Soul growth, inner emotions, family
  • 5th House – Self expression, inner child, romance
  • 6th House – Inner actualization, health, service, routines
  • 7th House – Marriage, partnerships in general
  • 8th House – Therapy, empowerment, joint resources
  • 9th House – Higher consciousness & education, philosophy of  life, travel, legal issues
  • 10th House – Career, leadership, ambition
  • 11th House – Goals, dreams, friendships, groups, working with the collective
  • 12th House – hidden psychological aspects of yourself, spirituality, meditation, seclusion