Archeological Discovery: Stone Age Tunnels Found Throughout Europe

February 1st, 2014

For thousands of years world mythology has filled our heads with notions of underworld civilizations.  Yet, with recent archeological discoveries encompassing a huge underground network of Stone Age tunnels, we may decide these ideas to be more fact than fiction.  To their great surprise, archeologists have found this 12,000 year-old tunnel system to span the entire region of Europe; from Scotland to Turkey.

Although most of the tunnels are only large enough to enable a slim person to crawl through, many passages open to small rooms, storage chambers and seating areas.   Perplexed as to their original purpose, researchers have proposed that they may have provided safe travel and protection from adverse weather conditions, wars, or predators.

Astrology Update: January 2014

January 6th, 2014

The New Year comes in with a bang with two New Moons, the first one on New Year’s Day at 10° 57′ Capricorn,

6:14 am.  This lunation packs a punch with a close stellium in Capricorn (Sun/Moon/Pluto/Mercury) all within a 2° orb, plus Venus.  With this planetary/sign involvement it’s important to get some down time to have a clear picture of what is going on in your life and what you want to change in the coming year.  Try and get a grip on your emotions through meditation and by aligning your personal will with Divine will before working on manifesting what you want.

This New Moon also boasts a very volatile Grand Square (Mars square Sun/Moon, Mercury/Pluto/Jupiter, Jupiter square Uranus, Uranus square Sun/Moon, Mercury/Pluto) and  Grand Cross (Mars opposes Uranus, Jupiter opposing Sun/Moon/ Mercury/Venus/Pluto).  The next two weeks are not a good time to ask for a raise at your job, or get into it with your loved ones.  This is an excellent time to lay low, not rock the boat, not be over confident, or force yourself on others, for the energies have the potential of exploding in your face with violent outbursts, disputes over money/joint resources, accidents, sudden mood changes, impulsive excess, jumping to conclusions and people using force to get what they want.

On January 7th, a Grand Water Trine (Jupiter trine Saturn, trine Moon, trine Jupiter), tries smoothing things out by bringing in energies that are more cautious and conservative, honest, and altruistic

January 11th Mercury moves into Sagittarius helping us to open our minds to new experience and communion with the Universal Mind.

When the Full Moon arrives on January 15th at 25° 58′ Aquarius, 11:52 pm, the Grand Square & Grand Cross are still in the heavens. (Grand Square: Jupiter square Uranus square Pluto square Mars square Jupiter, Grand Cross: Jupiter opposing Pluto/Venus, & Uranus opposing Mars).  These configurations hold the same energies they had during the New Moon, however now they are tempered by Moon trine Saturn, trine Venus, Neptune trine N.Node, Neptune conjunct Chiron, Mercury sextile Neptune.  Here we have a choice.  Do we allow our lower emotions to rule, or do we move into spiritual understanding, inspiration, positive thinking, common sense, honesty, intuition, and altruism?

The Sun moves into Aquarius on January 19th bringing an emphasis on friendship, loyalty, brotherhood, collective endeavors, exchanging ideas, a need for freedom and fostering good will to all.

When Jupiter and Pluto begin opposing each other on January 26 for two weeks, be careful not to force your philosophies, spirituality or ideas on others.

The second New Moon arrives on January 30th, 10° 55’Aquarius at 4:39pm.  Here duality continues to reign, although with a lighter hand with Jupiter quincunx Sun/Moon, Uranus sextile Sun/Moon, Neptune conjoining Mercury, Pluto conjoining Venus, and Saturn square Mercury, Uranus square Pluto/Venus/Jupiter, Jupiter opposing Venus/Pluto.

Try not to get stuck in old patterns of worry, traditional thinking and gaining wealth and  recognition through power and greed.  We are called to let go of the past by learning compassion for others by developing a loving and enduring philosophy of life. We are also asked to be open to opportunities, develop new psychic skills, and be passionate towards life.  Be careful with new romantic encounters, as they probably won’t last.  With an undercurrent of restlessness, it may be a time for travel and adventure.

We end the month with Venus moving direct on January 31st, bringing a new focus on relationships, and Mercury moving into Pisces, enhancing our imaginations, intuition and sympathies for others.

Cultivating Spiritual Awareness

January 6th, 2014

We are all born spiritually aware, yet because of our cultural conditioning this sacred gift for most of us, disappears early in life.  Years later, we may catch our first glimpse at remembering as we seek a deeper meaning in our lives and the world around us.  For Spiritual Awareness arises when we address life’s challenges with insight, forgiveness and understanding.  If we choose to continue along this path, we give ourselves the opportunity to transform and grow spiritually through our life experience.

Cultivating spiritual awareness takes time, introspection and patience.  By initiating the practice of meditation, being fully present with each passing moment, and by following your inner-wisdom, you can gradually release conflict, find your life’s true purpose and work for the highest good of all concerned.

 

 

 Cultivating Spiritual Awareness  

Can Help You 

  •  Flow with life’s synchronicities
  • Be Attuned with Universal abundance
  • Accept & love yourself
  • Understand others
  • Find your life’s true purpose.
  • Trust your inner wisdom
  • Release conflict and need for life-drama
  • Seek your own truth
  • Open your heart
  • Connect with your Higher Self
  • Be content with Life

A Thorny Apple Choice

January 6th, 2014

Cultivated since the earliest of times, the Apple tree is included in the Celtic Tree Ogham, an ancient language/divination system used by the Druids.  Here this fruit is associated with Choice and choosing between two equally attractive things.  Since the alternatives seem to be equally promising, the choice may be difficult.

The original apple of course was the crab apple, and not the hybrid types we grow and eat today.  This original apple tree usually had thorns and held very close ties to the Celtic shaman, as it was used while undergoing magical transformations in Otherworldly journeys.

Ironically, reflecting the apple’s thorny beginnings, we may be in for a new apple choice, as the USDA has just Ok’d GMO Arctic Apples for public consumption.  The better choice in this case would be eating only organic apples and apple products.  Because the US does not require companies to label GMO’s, the unaware American consumer will soon play guinea pig to this latest food experiment.

Designed for cosmetic purposes, these new GMO apples have their own magical transformation that eliminates the natural browning process when cut or eaten.

Although seemingly harmless, scientists believe that  browning may play an important role in stemming off apple pests and disease.  Another danger is that this non-browning apple will mask fruit decay; what looks to be fresh may actually be rotten.  Other far-reaching consequences may include apple growers needing to add costly protection against cross-contamination and foreign markets not wanting to purchase future apple crops.

Year of the Chinese Green Wood Horse

January 6th, 2014

January 30th marks the day for the US Chinese New Year in 2014 and the year of the Green Wood Horse. Unlike our own New Year’s Day, the Chinese one is not celebrated on the same day every year. Instead, based on a Lunar calendar, it falls on the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice.

The first Chinese New Year began in 2600 BC, when Emperor Huang Ti first invented the complex, sixty year Jikkan Junishi calendar composed of ten heavenly stems based on the principal of yin/yang, and the five elements of wood, earth, metal, fire, and water, and the twelve earthly branches based on animals. The year of the Green Wood Horse in 2014 is the thirty first year in the sixty-year cycle.

Green is the color of fertility and compliments the actions of the Wood Horse as it brings in opportunities with travel, fitness, socializing and leadership. The year of the Wood Horse marks a time of high energy and production, decisive action, surprising romance, unexpected adventure, and general good luck.  Because events move very quickly, you want to be sure you are moving in the right direction before you take off.  Adaptability is the key here, tempered by reliability and steadiness.

With head strong Wood Horse we also need to lookout for extreme fluctuations in the global economy and civil unrest in many areas of the world.

Ingenious Solar Project in India

January 6th, 2014

Everytime we turn on the news in our country, it instantly feels like we are all doomed.  However there are countless, really positive projects going on all over the world, and here’s one of them.

India is in the process of converting their country to Solar Power by covering their canal system with solar panels.  This ingenious idea creates clean fuel for electricity, while staving off constant water evaporation; thus providing an extra irrigation capacity to India’s farmlands.

The Indian government projects that in the next 50 years 85,000km will be completed.  Meanwhile, 2,200 mega watts of electricity are being produced by 19,000km of covered canals.

How is this possible? …In India there exists an atmosphere of cooperation and progressive thinking between the government agency that owns and maintains the canal system and Sun Edison, the power company that is now building the new electricity grid.

Astrology Update: December 2013

December 7th, 2013

Although this month seems to be a mixed bag of energies, we begin it with an expansive New Moon at 10°59’Sagittarius, at 7:22 pm EST.  This Sun/Moon conjunction once again seeds new paradigm energies with a yin for freedom, adventure and a positive outlook on life.

The Uranus/Pluto square only one degree apart, attempts to rattle us to our core, however, look for transformation of traditional ideas, beliefs, as well as personal issues with Mercury/Saturn/N.Node in Scorpio. This is enhanced with a slew of trines (Uranus trine Sun/Moon, Mars trine Venus, Jupiter trine Saturn, Neptune trine N.Node), that gives spiritual insight, creativity in new experiences/enterprises, happiness in romance, common sense, integrity, farsightedness and being in tune with prevailing trends.  However, watch out in your haste to move forward for Mercury squaring Neptune that may help you forget the obvious, make errors, and wreck havoc in communications.

New Moon energies are boosted on December 4th with Mercury entering Sagittarius for three weeks; look for prophetic insight into social motivations and future events.

On December 7th Mars moves into Libra bringing in the need to socialize with others, while wanting to be appreciated and noticed.

December 9th brings us a feminine, water, Grand Trine, (Moon/Jupiter/Saturn) that gives us comfort, healing, altruism, generosity and the ability to create large scale tasks built upon our present emotional, domestic or societal foundations.

On December 17th the tide begins to shift with Full Moon 25°36’ Gemini at 4:28 am EST. Although the Saturn/Jupiter trine tries to keep things above board, all the Hard Aspects may have us wishing we had stayed in bed all day. (Mercury conjunct Sun/opposing Moon, Venus quincunx Moon, Mercury quincunx Jupiter, Venus square N. Node, & Mars square Pluto)  Watch out for confusion, irritation and forcefulness in all relations with others, the need for approval, anger issues, the inability to listen to constructive criticism and possible violence. Although the N. Node is still in Scorpio we will have to work hard to get out of our lower emotions and transcend the cosmic spiral to Divine Light and Love.

When Uranus goes Direct on December 17th watch out for the unexpected to surface in yourself, the world and the earth.

Then on December 21st Winter Solstice is conjoined with Venus going Retrograde.  It’s time to take a breather from the Holiday rush to retreat and reassess your values/finances and celebrate the longest night of the year.

Mercury enters reserved, solemn and serious Capricorn on December 24th just in time to deal with a potentially volatile Christmas Day. On December 25th emotions flare with a slew of difficult aspects. Thanksgiving’s challenging T-square is back, along with the Moon squaring Sun/Mercury/Pluto, opposing Uranus, & conjoining Mars.  Conflict is inevitable with this combination, so watch out for old family issues to resurface, incredibly annoying small talk, forceful actions, emotional intensity/instability/ unpredictability, anger and frustration.

We will all breathe a sigh of relief when this Holiday is past.

 

 

 

Solitude & Spiritual Growth

December 7th, 2013

For most people today finding time to retreat from their busy lives takes repeated effort and discipline.  Yet if you can find the time to do so, the rewards are many.

By allowing extended periods of solitude to enter our lives, we can grow closer to Source and begin to see ourselves clearly through a Divine perspective. In this way we can truly slow our thoughts, move deeply inward, confront and transform our core issues while creating forward motion in our spiritual growth.

Going for long walks in nature is an easy way to achieve at least snippets of solitude in our hectic lives. As you become more accustomed to silence in the woods, or the natural sounds of beach and wildlife, relaxation, sensitivity, and lack of self-importance become the norm, enabling us to discern common similarities between others and us and cooperatively engage with friends, family or acquaintances.

 

Embracing Solitude Allows You To

Speak from your heart

Deeply relax

Release your expectations of others

Transform your life

Feed your soul and spiritually evolve

Free yourself from constant action & companionship

Understand the virtue of silence

Be patient and cooperative with others.

Move closer to the Divine

 

 

 

Eco Dome from Cal Earth

December 5th, 2013
Bored with just digging and maintaining a garden?  Now you can build a small house in your backyard made from earth using NASA’s Superadobe technology, recreated by Cal-Earth Institute.  This structure called the Moon Cocoon, is resistant to fire, floods, wind storms and earthquakes.

Watch this short flick and find out how.

Ancient Nebra Sky Disc

December 5th, 2013

Found by looters in 1998, the Nebra Sky Disc portrays the oldest known depiction of astronomical data in the world.  After being impounded by German police in 2002 the disc underwent scrupulous scientific investigation to verify its authenticity and is now on permanent exhibition in the German State Museum of Prehistory.   Researchers believe that this piece of antiquity dates back to 3600 years ago and depicts both astronomical and mythical information about the celestrial ocean.

Portraying the Sun, Moon, Pleiades star grouping, and golden arcs that symbolize the horizon, the Nebra Sky Disk enabled the ancients to pinpoint solstice sunrise and sunset.

When seen as a dome, the sky disc reflects the ancient belief that the heavens were stretched over the earth, where the horizon casts a boundary for visible life and invisible myth.

Nebra Sky Disc

courtesy of en.wikipedia.org