Autumn Equinox 2016

The Autumn Equinox on September 22nd is significant and potent in several ways. This time of year always highlights a period of harvest and closure on certain levels but that which is being brought to the surface of collective consciousness now is unlike what has been experienced in many years. Part of this is because of what is still being assimilated due to the past three eclipses in a row.

Mercury will have just gone Direct (since its Retrograde motion on August 30th) at 14 degrees Virgo the night before the Equinox forming an exact trine to Pluto in Capricorn, as Pluto slows down to turn Direct on September 26th. Days ago, the building of this aspect began to greatly heighten communications and perceptions on this and subtle planes of existence.

The Sun enters Libra and forms a conjunction to Jupiter and the Super Galactic Center (2 degrees of Libra), which may generate effects involving massive reorientations within relationships through the rest of September. Jupiter entered this area right around the Lunar Eclipse in Pisces on the 16th. The relationship areas undergoing reevaluation and change may involve any ranging from romance to business endeavors, legal contracts, family issues and friendships to group dynamics. There is great potential for healing and reunification, but for some there may also be an upsurge of deep pain. One of the greatest gifts offered by this transit is that of an increased ability to release baggage and sorrow around both past and present relationships and to come to a clearer understanding of multi-layered interactions.

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Mars at 26 degrees Sagittarius is conjunct the Galactic Center and the asteroid Lachesis, named after the second of the 3 Fates of Greek Mythology as she who measures the thread spun on Clotho’s spindle and determines the Destiny of any given life before it is snipped at by the third Fate, Atropos. This may indicate intense encounters and experiences of a psychic or super-conscious nature that seem fated, meant-to-be, or inescapable.

Venus at 28 degrees of Libra is conjunct asteroid Eugenisis, which could shed light on some rather strange “cross-overs” of all kinds, and I mean all kinds. I think I will leave these up to the imagination along with the observation of current world events by those who are reading this. Since the square between Saturn and Neptune is separating but still in effect, we cannot jump to conclusions yet about whether these crossovers are positive or negative, and the emphasis in Libra necessitates neutrality in some ways. This is especially true in situations where disillusionment and obsession is reaching or has just reached a peak, making it difficult to see the forest for the trees.

The day begins with the Moon in Gemini is in trine to Pallas Athene in Aquarius, highlighting the strength of the Feminine being expressed through various means. The Moon then moves into a sextile with Eris (the Dark Feminine) and Uranus in Aries, which although a fleeting aspect is part of an ongoing theme involving Eris that began in June and will last until Spring of 2017. This theme includes radical social change in relation to feminine principles – their suppressions, explosions and expressions. The day comes to a close with an opposition between the Moon and Mars and the Galactic Center, which is to say, BAM baby, BAM. And totally truthfully, I wrote that before I checked and found out the Moon will literally be in conjunction with the asteroid BAM. So there you have it. Whatever BAM means to you!

Meanwhile, I am peacefully enjoying the harmonious brutality of fast and furious metallic shredding while sipping a hot cup of tea during Venus’s late degrees through Libra, as her consort Mars makes his way through the late degrees of Sagittarius. What can I say…I really love music, both classical styles and some of those considered viciously hardcore. Guess it’s a Libran thing.

Pisces Lunar Eclipse 2016

I am a bit behind on today’s penumbral Lunar eclipse report…but given that the full moon just occurred 24 degrees of Pisces, opposite of a Retrograde Mercury in Virgo it seems just as well (please pardon my tardiness). Dreams, visions, memories, and heightened emotional and spiritual states have been the themes building up to this cosmic release. The Moon was in conjunction with Chiron, which has been triggering the awareness of pain that was buried within the depths of our souls, from this and past lives.

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Originally, the ruling planet of Pisces was Jupiter. Later
when Neptune was discovered it became the co-ruler. The Jupiterian expansiveness is in effect on so many levels and dimensions it can be difficult to discern what is coming/going, and where any of it is leading or landing. Neptune also has a way of going and going, like Alice down the rabbit hole, to a place or state of complete and utter mystery. Saturn is still separating from its year-long square to Neptune, leaving us with much to reflect upon yet not much form to work with.

Pisces is symbolized by the two fish swimming opposite of each other, sometimes with the appearance of a yin-yang. Like the sign of Libra, where Pisces ruling planet Jupiter now transits, Pisces is very much concerned with peaceful solutions and resolution. Inherent is the understanding that there is always more to life than what meets the eye. The Equinox falls on September 22nd, when the Sun moves into Libra, the day after Mercury goes Direct at 14 degrees of Virgo in a trine five days before Pluto turns Direct at 14 degrees of Capricorn on the 26th. We currently have the opportunity to look beyond appearances and truly see what is going on beneath the surface of a thing, relationship or situation that has been causing frustration for a long time.

When the emotional climate gets too intense to bear it can be helpful to stand back for a moment and view one’s own life as they would that of a stranger’s or a character on television…

What is the funniest, most ridiculous thing somebody ever said or called you with great passion/anger in their voice? True story here: “You’re nothing but a selfish prick!”

But you know what? It ultimately helped me to be a better person, because I stood taller and more confident than before. What’s great is I can laugh about it now, although at the time I responded in shock. I’m not sure what’s sillier – that someone said this to me, or that I reacted in shock. That was quite a long time ago. In recent months I’ve had similar encounters, with the opportunity to respond differently to  crazy projections.

The Piscean theme of purification also indicates this is an optimal time for clearing space both physically and energetically. This can be done with the use of essential oils, burning herbs, healing water treatments (steamrooms, saunas, baths, etc), flower essences, mantras, and many other tools.

Speaking of Flower Essences, I am available to make custom blends for internal or external use. The new ebook Flower Spirit Medicine will become available in print in late October. Send me a note if you’re interested in winning a copy of the ebook version (names will be drawn on the Equinox!)🙂

Aftermath of the Saturn-Neptune Square: Delayed Reactions

“And so castles made of sand, fall in the sea, eventually” – Jimi Hendrix

Having stolen both material and immaterial goods, Saturn’s square to Neptune has come and gone like a thief in the night…a very long and dark night stretched over the time span of one year. The exact dates of its three major peaks were November 26, 2015, June 18, 2016, and September 10, 2016.

Saturn, the builder of form has been transiting truth-seeking Sagittarius since December 23 2014 until December 19th of 2017. Neptune, the bringer of dreams has been in the sign of its own domain, Pisces since February 2012 until 2025. While Saturn’s attention is placed in structure, Neptune’s is upon its dissolution.Optimized by JPEGmini 3.13.3.2TB 0xa2b342cf

Saturn rules sticks and stones, bricks and bones, the tables we dine upon. Neptune rules rivers, tears, imaginary monsters and Immaculate Conception. Saturn may lengthen but Neptune will spread. If Saturn has found truth in Sagittarius, Neptune in Pisces may have easily distorted it.

The struggle that has been faced with these two planets in a metaphorical arm wrestling match is the struggle that each of us have faced or will face at some point in life. It is the struggle against forces much greater than ourselves, or of being forced into a battle we know that we will lose but must fight nonetheless. It is the thankless job that must be done. It is the helpless dying who must be fed and administered medicine, even as they decline. It is the gray blur between black and white, right and wrong, moral and immoral. It is, for Americans, the humiliating social collapse marked by Democratic and Republican parties both having apparently gone off the deep end. It is the fear of losing everything, but waking up each day with everything still seemingly intact. It is the kind of torture that is inflicted with one of the worst tools in existence – that of threat.

What just happened?

When one is busy trying to evade the attack of something, they often overlook or under-look what is coming at them from a different direction. Their blind spot makes them vulnerable prey. They are suddenly caught unawares, but have to spend considerable time extricating themselves from what has become a complex trap.

As a child or at any time in life, did you ever experience a delayed reaction to an injustice done to you? If someone suddenly punched you from behind on a sunny afternoon at the playground, were you too stunned to respond? Later, your hurt and shock turned to anger, but it was too late. Your attacker was nowhere in sight. This did happen to me. The delayed fear experienced from this kind of attack can potentially sabotage future relationships and put a person constantly on guard.

Others may have encountered the misfortune of being robbed, or even raped, physically or psychically. At the time it occurred one might have been unable to respond. By the time one figured out how to defend oneself, the damage was done. If something like this happened to you, when the feeling of vengefulness finally arose, most likely you found your powerless yet again, without an outlet for your rage, feeling as though you had nobody to blame but yourself.

The battle between the two forces of Saturn and Neptune doesn’t involve fair play. Nobody gets to prepare. They only get to recover, if they survive. That means those who are the perpetrators of threats and violence don’t get off scot-free, no matter how things temporarily appear on the surface.

Kronos and Poseidon

In Greek mythology, Kronos (Saturn) swallowed his son Poseidon (Neptune) but Zeus (Jupiter) came to  Poseidon’s aid by making Kronus drink an elixir that caused him to regurgitate his son. Here I will take a moment to say thank you, Jupiter in Libra which entered on September 9, the day before Saturn’s last square this year with Neptune. I’m sure Kronos had some perfectly rational (in his mind) reasons for swallowing his son, mainly the fear that he should become more powerful than himself. This story in itself offers us much food for thought. Who is having the last laugh in all of this? Fire burns, earth disintegrates, air disperses, but water,  that mystery element overcomes all.

A deeply afflicted Saturn might want all the power, all the money, all the results of others’ hard labor for himself. An afflicted Neptune, ruling poisonous liquid injections has been reflected back to us in the form of forced vaccines that destroy immunity, crops saturated by Roundup (glyphosate) that cause mutilations, and continued Fukushima radiation-contaminated seas and shores.

Dissolution

The aftermath of the Saturn-Neptune square is somewhat like the mess we have to clean up after frantically looking for something, or after there has been a raid. Objects, furniture, papers, cloth, treasures, words and their meanings have been strewn about like heaps of indecipherable trash.

Neptune often does not seem to discriminate in which boundaries it dissolves. When going along with the flow, we can pretend that our intentions are noble or compassionate, but underlying motives will eventually be revealed. Some of the walls we built around each other in the past were unhealthy and needed to come down during 2015. Only after the walls came down did we realize how inhibiting they were. Who or what was difficult to understand, trust or relate to may have become as close as family. Or, the opposite. Some discovered they were literally sleeping with the enemy.

Delayed reactions may have come in relation to having been deceived and violated. The psyche of the human collective has indeed been violated repeatedly through the centuries. In today’s world, increased manipulation through the media has replaced much of the overt violence of previous wars. The lies are so twisted that people believe they need to remain safely locked into the victimhood that they find themselves in. They fight for, rather than against crimes that keep them enslaved.

And so, this is what it’s come to. Now we sit/stand/or lie in the aftermath of things we did and didn’t have any control over, all mixed together as One. The thought could be sickening enough to make one vomit. It could also be just the wakeup call that is needed in order for genuine, voluntary change to occur.

Find an Outlet

One of the worst things to live with is fear, and second to that is all of the toxic build up that occurs around it. The clutter. The stuckness. The sickness. The hate. When we face our fears one by one, many of the toxins have a way of dissipating or exiting our bodies, minds and spirits. Sometimes we need to find and utilize an outlet for our fear, our anger, and our deep hurt. That outlet could be a punching bag, an isolated mountain, a pillow, a letter that is written, or some form of art that expresses what cannot otherwise be expressed.

If this calls to you, find that outlet and make it a priority. What’s amazing is just how much energy becomes available to the one who has become free of the baggage of irrational and even a few rational, yet excess fears. Don’t ever let yourself be diminished by toxic fear and threats ever again. You are meant to shine!

Jupiter in Libra 2016-2017

The Great Benefic Jupiter enters the sign of Libra on September 9th 2016 until October 10th, 2017. The recent transit through Virgo since August 11, 2015 has been an excruciating one on planet earth, although many useful things came of it. Mercury Retrograde has been in close contact with Jupiter in its late degrees through this sign since late August 2016, reminding us of all the loose ends that need to be tied before we can move on. The focus since last Fall has been on making corrections, cleaning up the messes made by those who came before us in addition to those we ourselves have made, working darn hard for minimal reward and trying to dodge all of the incessant nitpicking and fault-finding in ourselves or others – all a fancy, long-winded way of saying that Jupiter exiting Virgo is like saying “Good Bloody Riddance!”

Relationship Highlights

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Jupiter & Juno on Mount Ida, painting by by James Barry (1741-1806)

Jupiter in Libra accentuates a love of art, beauty, romance, and the finer things in life. Partnership goals will become prominent and possibly quite successful. Professions and pursuits related to business collaborations, fashion, interior design, music and the arts in general will find greater expression during this Jupiter transit than the previous one.

Lonely folks, take heart because your power animal, cool kids, or significant other might soon appear! Those whose relationships are on the rocks, don’t fret – even if it’s time to part ways the parting could be more amicable than expected. Just don’t expect any relationships to be “normal” in the months to come, whatever that means to you. There are likely to be a lot of quirks and exceptions to the rules made. Since Jupiter encourages more and more and more of a thing wherever he transits, the result in Libra could be polygamy, being torn between two lovers, leaving one relationship and jumping into another, benefiting from the wealth of a partner, friends or lovers going into business with each other.

Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn) have been heavily impacted during the past four years to the Uranus-Pluto square and myriad other factors. My fellow Librans out there feeling worn out and war-torn may be sensing that things are finally about to shift in their favor. Yes, it’s true! It’s not just wishful thinking this time but things are really changing for the better for a change. Before getting out those pretty teacups and making party arrangements though, there are a few things to be aware of. We must not and cannot avoid the darkness, after all Libra is about both balance and contrast. It is also about confrontation.

With Jupiter in Libra our attention will be drawn toward working through all of our relationship dynamics – the good, the bad, the ugly, and the ecstatic. All that is Libran, including charm, courtship, and marriage will be highlighted in the year to come. We’ll also be dealing with or witnessing disagreement, divorce and endings of relationship situations that just don’t work anymore. Unfinished business will reach completion. Old contracts will be broken, and new commitments will be made.

Jupiter does absolutely nothing in a small way but heightens our experience of any given sign and aspects being made to other planets. Jupiter in Libra will be spending a large portion of time in an opposition to Uranus in Aries from the Winter Solstice in late December 2016 until the Spring Equinox in Late March of 2017. Many surprises, both pleasant and unpleasant will come through other people during this time, and then again in late September. Jupiter will move into a pushy square with Pluto late Spring in effect until late August of 2017. Power trips could lead to destruction or stimulate higher ways of communicating and coming to agreements without the compromise of personal values.

The transit of Jupiter in Libra might be fun in some ways but will probably not be all fluffy like a bunny or bouquet of flowers. It will reveal what divides us just as much as it reveals what unites us, and why. It will reflect back to us the lines that have been drawn between race, creed, gender, and class. It will very likely ask each of us the highly uncomfortable question, “Which side are you on?” in whatever divided situation we may find ourselves in. The fence won’t hold up anymore. There are choices to be made in how to resolve conflicts and achieve harmony and fairness.

Social Justice

Both secret admirers and enemies could suddenly make themselves known during Jupiter’s trip through the sign of the Scales. The other side of the story will be spoken, whether anyone wants to hear it or not. Not to mention, the turning of tables in unjust scenarios (or evening of the scales) with a ferocity that nobody saw coming may be delivered straight from that hard fist of iron adorned in baby soft velvet. Isn’t that special.

Those who couldn’t handle Jupiter in Virgo’s pokes and jabs might want to brace themselves, for the next couple of years actually. I wanted this to sound super diplomatic but that’s not always the way things roll… those who have been running away from truth or thinking they can get away with murder might want to basically get ready for a massive “Shut up bitch, and listen.” session from the Cosmos. The transit of Jupiter in Libra could offer such people the perfect opportunity to come clean about something, make a confession or make amends for previous wrongdoings, but very few will be forced into such confession. The decision to come clean is best made from within.

In the world of politics Jupiter’s activities indicate foreign policies, government and laws in general. Peace is what We want so badly with anything in Libra. Jupiter here could certainly raise ideals while simultaneously stirring the pot. That man’s man gets his huge hand in there just in time for the elections. Therefore, it doesn’t look like peace and harmony is what we’re in for on the whole. Violence could easily just go back-and-forth with nothing getting accomplished other than harm. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, an arm for an arm. Threats both real or perceived will be reacted to in big ways.

I sincerely hope that Native Americans are able to successfully protect the land from the US government’s further oil drilling in what has been called the “largest Native protest in history“. Anyone who would dare continue to rape and pillage the earth in this way is utterly insane, and None of us should be the enablers of such atrocity.

Jupiter almost joins forces with Saturn early on but it’s just not happening until August of 2017. Surely, we can try our best to be ready for enough excuses – enough ifs/ands/buts/somedays/and maybes to drive us barking mad, while exercising our abilities to stay calm and faithful in that morbid state of being called Limbo. There’s still so much to learn about relationships, negotiation, what’s fair and people’s rights versus the so-called Rights of the People. What “People”?

Last time Jupiter transited Libra between September 2004-October 2005:

  • George Bush got reelected as president just after a video of Osama Bin Laden threatening the USA with terrorist attacks and taunting Bush was widely broadcast.
  • The battle with Iraq and the Middle East continued. The US launched attack in Fallujah. The US Consulate was attacked in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. A US military base was attacked in Mosul, Iraq, and then a second battle of Fallujah took place.
  • North Korea let the USA know in no uncertain terms that it possessed nuclear weapons that it wasn’t afraid to use in self-defense.
  • Mark Felt, at age 91 and three decades later finally publicly admit to his anonymous role in leaking details regarding Nixon’s Watergate Scandal. He was the one referred to as “Deep Throat”.
  • There were several intense hurricanes that had devastating impacts on many homes and lives, with Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 being the deadliest. Since hurricanes exist partially due to raging winds, this is one of the dangerous natural manifestations of an afflicted air sign.
  • On the lighter side, Youtube went online for the first time. Uranus in Aquarius in harmonious trine to Jupiter probably had something to do with this.

I imagine that there are going to be some major Wizard of Oz type awakenings, whether for better or worse. The little guy on the other side of a screen holding up a puppet whose shadow appears enormous could finally be exposed. Perhaps he is smacked with an onslaught of tomatoes. Perhaps he discovers that he is far more entertaining and respected as he is than the show he has been putting on.

The Law of Attraction

Whatever we put out during Jupiter’s transit through Libra, we will get more of, so let’s choose wisely. It doesn’t matter whether one believes in karma or not. What I’m talking about is simply the law of returns. Cause and effect. The Law of Attraction has become a catchy New Age title referring to the fact that our focus tends to determine the quality of our experiences overall. We attract into our lives what we are most feeling, expressing, giving, and doing. Like attracts like, but so do opposites. Libra enjoys controversy and contrariness and there will be plenty to go around.

In the areas where there has been stalling, hesitation or failure to act due to fear, we will be challenged to rise to amazing new opportunities being opened to us. This doesn’t mean we should take every offer or put ourselves on the line. It just means we need to get out of our own way and get on with it.

In general there will be an inclination to relate to others in harmonious and gregarious ways. People will enjoy gift giving and celebration. With Jupiter in Libra we stand a high chance of actualizing our desires, particularly those that include others. When we we recognize our truth, our allies and our abilities we go for the gold!

Uranus in Aries – Urgency in Action

Just making some rearrangements while Mercury is Retrograde🙂 This was posted August 2011 but first written March 10th 2011 (before the tsunami hit Japan)

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On March 11th 2011, Uranus will enter the sign of Aries, full steam ahead, for the next seven years. Right now, people are standing up for what they believe in, and aren’t backing down any time soon. With Uranus in Aries people will continue to raise their voices, act on their impulses and fight for their freedom like never before. As an example, the recent events in Egypt have bypassed the threatening presence of Al Qaida, counteracted by great fury as well as verbal and mental force. Many cultures in the world are seeking to break free of their own outworn molds. We rarely hear such news but there are members of the Arab freedom movement who are pressing for change through the power of song. How cool would that be if we all just sang our way into a state of harmony, literally?

Uranus’s last transit through Aries occurred 84 years ago, from October 1927 to March 1935. During that time there were, as always with major transits, a combination of great revelations, revolutions, crash-and-burns, and transformations. The economy suffered in many countries, which may have been a partial trigger for World War II. Adolf Hitler declared himself the fuhrer of Germany after becoming President and Chancellor August 2nd 1934. Thousands died in China of an 8.6 earthquake. One of my favorite events during this time worth mentioning was that Amelia Earhart became the first woman pilot to fly solo, and to receive recognition for flying across the Atlantic Ocean.

Here we are, at the brink of yet even more dramatic change – what life seems all about. People with their Sun or other planets in Aries may be particularly sensitive to what this transit brings into their lives, yet the Collective will continue to be affected by this shift. There is much to prepare and be ready for, much to look forward to, and much to surrender. I prefer to see this as a surrendering to the Divine Will, versus the will of the small ego. The power of Will in general has much to do with Uranus in Aries. People who live somewhat unconsciously will be acting more willfully than ever, whether or not this serves them. It is extra important to pay attention to where our individual wills are pointing us. When in doubt, one may ask “Does my will (in any given situation) serve the highest and most harmonious outcome of all?”

The coming Spring Equinox on March 20th will begin not only with the Sun’s usual entry into Aries but an unusual conjunction with Uranus, and all of the wild forces that this unpredictable planet represents. This follows the perigee Full Moon on the 19th, which will be the biggest and closest to the Earth since 1992. This is Uranus’s first Sun conjunction at the Equinox in 335 years. Soon after on April 1st, Mars brushes up against Uranus stirring up heated situations, while a Retrograde Mercury in the same sign causes us to reflect on what we just did over the past few weeks and whether or not we want to continue doing the same things over and over or figure out new strategies.

During the next seven years we are likely to see advancements in technology that appear more futuristic and Sci-Fi than we’ve ever experienced. The dark side of Uranus in Aries might manifest as machinery, weaponry, and spyware that is far more fatal and/or invasive than humans have experienced. The brilliance of Uranus brings us ingenious new solutions to very old problems.

In terms of natural disasters, we will see more of those that are related to the fire element, such as solar flares, volcanoes, and electrical storms (this vs disasters related to the water element associated with Pisces). Earthquakes could happen as a result of the erratic flow of energy and the chaos that our Earth is merely reflecting back to us.

All in all, this is a time to go for it, do it now – taking action is sometimes better than making mistakes, particularly when inaction will mean death or disablement. Whether we need to take more initiative in our health, our careers, our relationships or our world, Uranus in Aries is here to pull our heads out of the clouds and give us that big push in the behind to make things happen.

The Astrology of Relationships

CLASS ON SEPTEMBER 20th 2016 

Do you ever ask yourself “Why do I keep attracting this kind of partner (or relationship)?”

Your astrological blueprint can pinpoint patterns of unconscious attraction and projection. By bringing these to your attention and gaining a deeper understanding of your own psychology, you can work through challenges with loved ones with greater ease. You can also attract an appropriate mate, and important work and social partnerships, and achieve lasting harmony in your closest relationships. You will learn how to do this tonight!

Other topics of the evening include: the powerful September Eclipse activity, Jupiter in Libra, Mercury Retrograde and Autumn Equinox. For details and registration please visit Dailey Little’s Healing Heart Reiki website.

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Mercury Retro Recreation, Arts, & Crafts

Things become much more manageable and also fun when things are lumped into piles that can be addressed one at a time, although Mercury, or Murphy’s Law does not always seem to allow such organization to take place. Some of us do this automatically without question. Instinct or intuition guides us to take actions that simplify our life and increase productivity. Some of us need a little push or a nudge to become more resourceful and efficient.  A few need a disaster to shake them out of a rut. Some just don’t have a clue as to where to begin.

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Here are a few suggested piles to play with:

Clear-up Pile – What kind of piles can you gather up to get rid of – as in throw away, destroy, burn, bury, delete, zap, discontinue? You can make one giant Clear-up Pile or several ones under different categories. Any junk accumulating in the kitchen, closet, or basement? Soda cans on the beach? Trash on the widewalk? Papers, papers, and more papers? Excess email? When you do this kind of thing voluntarily instead of wait for a necessity or disaster to force you into it, it can actually be enjoyable. I like to put on a favorite album and clear away to my heart’s content! When things get really deep and disconcerting, Tangerine Dream helps me get through the cinematic horrors of my clutter.

Donate Pile – It’s true that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. Sometimes the garbage we keep could benefit someone else. There is something in your life right now – out of sight, out of mind, but its space is definitely being rented in your energetic field. You don’t love it. You don’t use it. You don’t wear it. For God’s sake you don’t even look at it. Why on Earth do you hold onto it? An ugly watch that a relative gave you on Christmas? An unwanted pair of jeans with rhinestones on the back pockets? An old pot or pan way in the back corner of a cabinet that hasn’t seen light in about 7 years? Might be time to grab a cardboard box and start creating your Donate Pile.

Fix-it Pile – This pile is one of my favorites. Another name for it could be “When-I-get-to-it-Pile”. It is the pile of things that may be collected throughout the year until there is enough time to address the items contained in it. See, we don’t have to wait for a bunch of things to break down on us all at once to think in terms of adjustment. There could be a favorite barrette that broke, a blade that needs sharpening, a guitar bridge that needs repair, you get the idea. The things in this pile are not in need of urgent attention but they are useful and worth taking the time and effort to fix or get fixed. So, if you have your Fix-it pile together, take your pick get down to it.

Exchange Pile – This is another fun pile, because you have a choice in whether to donate the stuff inside to a charity or or meet up with someone that has things they are also willing to part with you might find useful. In Sonoma county, many women I know love to throw what’s called a “Clothing Exchange Party”. Women bring clothes and other odds & ends they don’t wear or use anymore and just have a field day picking and choosing from a giant pile or exchanging items in mini piles. The party atmosphere may be enhanced with snacks, music, and special beverages.

Scrap Pile – Scraps can come from fabric used in sewing, construction papers used in crafts, old crayons, cracked garden pots, wrapping paper from gifts received, random ornaments, acorns, copper wires, bones, little whatnots and thingamajigs. Instead of throwing away ribbons and other pretty accents you can save them for future arts and crafts. I mean, don’t go overboard with this and turn an entire room into a scrap pile (unless your profession is directly related to turning scraps into art). One box is sufficient. It can be whatever size box you choose. There is a great sense of satisfaction that comes with turning scraps into art.

Just as the physical body needs circulation to function properly, so does the environment that we inhabit. You might come up with your own kind of piles that work better for you. The point is to make way for creative inspiration to flow with ease.