Monthly Archives: May 2012

Remembering and Honoring the Poppies…..

Poppy photographed on the 1st world war battlefield of Somme near the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

Memorial Day – the first three day weekend holiday of the summer in the States.  Typically a time when folks are heading out of the city in droves for some well – or – not so well deserved R & R.  We are no exception.  At the grocery store today – after loading up on the requisite beer, chips and steaks for camping – Will came back to the car with two paper poppies.   I took a moment to remind myself  of the real Memorial Day meaning – and felt a bit ashamed that I had to be reminded.  

To all the vets I know – and don’t know – who have served or are still serving in the armed forces – a truly heartfelt  Thank You and all my gratitude for your sacrifices (which feels grossly inadequate – considering….)

“….We may never see their like again, we may never see their like again.”   Dwight D. Eisenhower

To Sophia – my 22 year old niece who is just starting her second week at Navy bootcamp – my hat’s off to you Sailor…

I encourage all reading this to  take your own moment of silence – and if you can – find a Vet, buy a poppy – and say Thank You!!!!

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.”

 By John McCrae, May 1915


May 20th – Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse…..the Energy of Transformation

 Water cleanses…. 

                     Fire purifies and completely transforms. 

courtesy of – astrologer Patricia Liles from the
“Get ready for Shift Time! The cosmic energy is creating some major energy portals now until the end of June…”
“A solar eclipse is always at New Moon, and it occurs when the Moon, of perfect size and distance, passes between the Sun and us here on Earth and blocks out the rays of our Sun.  Almost every indigenous culture honors and worships the Sun our source of life-light, heat, energy. “
“The very electro-magnetics of our Earth and our bodies are connected to the Sun, so when there is an interruption of that communication flow with an eclipse situation, a brief opportunity for a reset of our entire system is experienced.  Upgrades take place, frequencies shift, the past is easily shed; we can step rapidly through to the other side newly unencumbered.  A completion and a new beginning simultaneously unfold…”
“It’s a time of new beginning.  Energy can shift on a dime.  With the right use of intention, we can make good use of this portal for perceptual shift to take place in our old ways of thinking – about our self, our world, the past, the future.”
“Let’s keep in mind that this eclipse at 0º Gemini is aligned with the Pleiades star system that source of ancient wisdom with which many of the most powerful temples on the planet are aligned.  (the Pyramids at Giza, Teotihuacán, Tikal, Palenque, Stonehenge, the Parthenon, …have we built anything lately?)  Put yourself in a powerful place, get quiet, empty, and centered and avail yourself to some of the most focused energy of the times.”
“Our Gemini thinking/communication systems are being further upgraded to realize the direct link between our thoughts and our creations.  We break free of old thought forms and our old story by greater awareness of our own spiritual connections and by taking the longer, big-picture, philosophical view that opposite sign Sagittarius provides.  You cultural creatives who have been consciously accessing the quantum field in your lives for some time may feel great joy at the quick magic at your mental fingertips…”
T”he Sun and Moon at 0º Gemini are riding with the South Node 5º.  South Node represents what we have brought forward from the past to resolve and complete in this lifetime because we are ready.  The luminaries, Sun/Moon are turning the spotlight on the issues of how we think and use our minds to keep the old hurts and stories roiling in our heads.”
” A strong square from Neptune (through August) points to our addictions and says, ‘Enough!’  Yes, we may have been through some tough collective lifetimes through the age of Pisces, but the Age of the Martyr has had its day, and we need to forgive and release those experiences collectively.  The masculine played an important role in the dance of the patriarchy and it needs now to be healed and brought into balance in all of us.”
“Embracing spiritual practice and focusing one’s creative intelligence (same thing) couldn’t be more important at this time.  It’s a time of the West on the medicine wheel where we need to let go and dream a new dream.  Lift your hearts to the Sun on this powerful eclipse and expand your relationship to All That Is.”
 © Copyright 2012 –Patricia Liles. All Rights Reserved.

Full Moon Madness…….HooDoo, VooDoo or PooPoo?

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Today graces us with a “Super Full Moon” – the closest a full moon has been to earth in 100 years – if you believe what you read.  I have many aquaintences who poo-poo my pleas to be aware on a full moon – dismissing them as so much backyard voodoo hoodoo – well – poopoo.  Here’s some food for thought.  The moon’s gravitational pull is strong enough to ‘lift’ entire oceans of water away from the earth thereby creating our tides.  This was conveyed to me by an engineer so correct me if he’s wrong.  Humans are about 60% water and our brains alone are 70% – so – if logic bears out – compared to an ocean – our puny little bodies and minds just might be slightly impacted by a glorious full moon.  Maybe so, maybe no…

From Cathy Lynn Pagano and her Wisdom of Astrology:
“This potent full Moon, which is also another superMoon, meaning it is close to the Earth and therefore exerts a stronger pull on us, calls us to give birth to the powerful destiny seeded within each of us.  This is the year to do it and now is the time to let go of the fears and the demons that keep us caught up in the delusions of our patriarchal society.   We can band together with like-minded people (Venus in Gemini) and create a life that is meaningful, creative and strong (Mars in Virgo).”
“This Taurus/Scorpio Full Moon asks us to become aware of the people and things we give the highest value to, and to look at the emotional trauma that keeps us apart.  It’s time to question our values and beliefs about money, power, happiness and our connection to each other and to the Earth.  There are powerful forces at work determined to keep the old system alive, regardless of how many people and places it destroys.  But we are equally powerful, and the Cosmos is lending us energy to break-through our paralysis and stand up for our beliefs. “

I think of a full moon kind of like a cosmic pregnancy.  Or, an enema .  I’m either birthing something or purging something.  In any case I enjoy being conscious of the power and working with it rather than simply reacting to the myriad effects.  Whether or not there is any real hoodoo in a full moon – the possibility gives a person the opportunity to pause in the habitrail of our minds and patterns of thinking and emoting.  If we pause long enough we just might be able to jettison some of our personal poopoo and create space for some real magic to happen.  Just a thought…..

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Enstein said You can’t change something with the same thinking that created it in the first place.  This super full moon is a chance to think about even one thing differently. It could even be how you see and perceive a full moon and its relationship to your personal water – and who knows what that could change.  As my lovely friend MaryAnn says “look for an ocean of peace.”   In any case – please – keep your hands inside the ride at all times!