Archive for March, 2012

Astrological Update ~ March 2012

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

The Full Moon this month occurs on March 8th at 18 degrees Virgo and is very significant for it continues to set a backdrop for the opening and development of spiritual consciousness in ourselves, as well as the world.

Complexity is the theme here with a rare astrological configuration called a Grand Kite. This is composed of a Grand Trine (Moon/Mars in Virgo, Pluto in Capricorn and Venus/Jupiter in Taurus), an opposition of the Sun and Moon, and two sextiles (Neptune/Chiron in Pisces sextile to Pluto and Venus/Jupiter.)

This Full Moon configuration emphasizes the building of an inner foundation of peace and spiritual consciousness, while finding new solutions for solving old problems and emotional attachments. 

A few days after the Full Moon, Mercury goes Retrograde on March 12th and in the next three weeks will catalyze the still prominent Uranus/Pluto square three times.  It’s best to keep a low profile during this Mercury Retrograde and do your inner work.  You can spend time thinking about future projects, and goals, but do not act on them until Mercury turns Direct on April 4th.

On March 22nd the Spring Equinox and New Moon  occur as the Sun moves into Aries.  Complexity seems to be the norm this month as the Grand Kite is still prominent in the heavens, except the opposing planets that hold the Kite together have changed to Mars opposing Neptune and Chiron. Now we need to continue our inner work but focus the light towards any lingering anger issues and heal them.

To add to the mix, Sun/Moon/Uranus/Mercury Retrograde are all  conjunct in Aries and square Pluto.  This is a very powerful time of personal and global transformation.  However, we must be careful not to act too impulsively, for afterward we may regret our actions.  Look deeply within yourself to find the truth behind your issues and work on healing them. This configuration also tells us that as  individuals and as a collective, it’s imperative to align our heart, mind and soul with Mother Earth now and in the future.

The New Moon is usually a time of seeding and beginning new projects.  With Mercury Retrograde and Uranus in the mix, it may be best to simply gestate and gather new ways to implement your healing. Then in the next lunar cycle when Mercury is Direct, move forward with confidence and put your new ideas into action.

Ohio Mound Builders

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Ohio Mound Builders
When I attended Ohio’s Marietta College back in the early 1970’s I was intuitively drawn to spending many meditative hours in the town’s Mound Cemetery.  The Mound itself was too overgrown with poison ivy to actually sit close by, so I would find a place amoungst the grave rows facing the mound and commune with the ancient spirits.

The first settlement in the Northwest Territory, the early Marietta inhabitants had the privilege of viewing an Adena prehistoric village, as well as ceremonial sites that dotted the landscape.  Sadly today, only a few monuments remain.

Who were the Mound Builders? 

Archeologists refer to these people as the Adena and Hopewell and their cultures extended from the Great Lakes, Mississippi River valley,  Ohio River Valley and their tributaries. During a 5,000-year period  these two  traditions constructed various styles of earthen mounds for religious, ceremonial, astronomical, burial, and residential purposes.  The most famous of these remaining sites is the Serpent Mound near Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Adena culture is seen as the forebears of the Hopewell traditions and as casting considerable influence with these later tribes. The Adena lived in the Central Ohio valley, Kentucky,  Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The Hopewell communities were connected together with a network of trade routes known now as the Hopewell Exchange System, which ran from Canada to the Southeastern United States.  Through this system these ancient people were able to receive goods from all over North America.

So, nestled on a corner of land where the Ohio & Muskingum  rivers meet,  Marietta was a perfect site for both the Adena and Hopewell civilizations and the white settlements that followed centuries later.


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.

Law of Mother Nature Proposed

Thursday, March 1st, 2012
At the UN Earth Summit this June 20-22 in RioDe Janeiro, Brazil, attendees will vote to protect the Earth by creating a Law that will give the environment the same rights that human have.

If the protocol passes some of the eleven new rights for Mother Earth will be:

– to continue vital cycles and processes free from human alteration

-to have pure water and clean air

– to have a balanced environment

– for mother earth not to be polluted

– to ban genetic cellular, structure modification

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Sweet Pea and it’s Traditional Meaning

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

This year I’ve taken advantage of all the warm weather we are having and started working on preparing my garden site early.  This way when Mercury Retrograde comes around I’ll be finishing my project instead of beginning it.  A friend came over last week and helped me dig out the invading carpet of weeds and roots that made my garden space home for over a year.  A couple weeks under black plastic and my dirt patch will be ready for the spring planting of sweet peas.

Sweet pea has traditionally been used to find friendship, protect children and have good luck. Because of its wandering vines and fine tendrils, as a flower essence it is now taken to help wandering souls to ground, balance and harmonize with society, along with discovering their beautiful, unique talents and how to share them with others. With a delicate, feminine scent and flowers, Sweet Pea is associated with the Moon, innocence and chastity.

A great addition to anyone’s garden, Sweet Pea’s crunchy texture, and delicate flavor is good for stir fries, salads, and simply eaten off the vine.


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.