The Path

A few thoughts have been percolating in my mind since Inauguration Day, mostly pertaining to my own personal experiences but also relating to the whole. They are about healing and how worthwhile the journey is, no matter how broken and uninspired one may feel. None of this is meant as full-on truth but only a perspective.

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Some issues take longer to heal and improve than others. At times the efforts seem futile and exhausting…

Do not give up the pursuit of wellness on all levels. Sometimes it’s hard as hell to continue working toward wellness and its maintenance when everything seems to be going against it. Keep working toward it. Hard work eventually pays off.

It takes discipline to quiet the storms of the ego enough to hear the voice of the soul. It is not force but inner recognition born out of an ability to pay close attention that can quiet those storms. Paradoxically, the shock of force can sometimes be the catalyst for growth.

Healing in an individual, relationship or a society does not occur through resistance but through consciousness.

Whether the greatest struggle is with health, finances or a combination of several things, that they can indeed be healed or improved should always be remembered (with the exception of terminal illness and certain other endings). Prayers and affirmations may help, but only when combined with actions that are aligned with them. When consistent effort is made toward general improvement and self-corrective behavior, the fulfillment of most needs and many desires becomes inevitable.

Be Yourself. The more of your true Self that you embody the less harm you bring to others and yourself, and the less others are able to harm you. There is nothing to prove to anybody when you are Being your Self. Pain that was once crippling gradually fades. That which would not budge suddenly flows. Doors that were once closed and locked open wide. Conflict that seemed endless either ends or softens and reveals deeper meaning, cooperation and love.

Deal with emotions head-on. Don’t save them for other people, places and things that have nothing to do with what is occurring now. Find appropriate outlets of expression. These could be through music, sports, martial arts or other methods. Face the hurt, fear, betrayal and anger as they arise but don’t spread them like wildfire as they can become so easily when unchecked. Just as importantly, acknowledge your own negativity and don’t act like it’s not there. Living a lie is a major cause of many diseases and much unhappiness.

Nothing will ever be completely perfect. There will always be imbalance here. That is part of the life-on-earth experience. Gratitude for what is going right in one’s life tends to make up for that which is apparently going wrong. Own your shortcomings and mistakes (meaning take responsibility for them) instead of projecting them onto others. Ultimately the shortcomings, flaws and mistakes of others and oneself are interconnected – one set of shortcomings cannot exist without the other. They play into each other.

To help oneself is to help others. To tend one’s own wounds and purify one’s own space is to prevent the sickness of one’s body and mind from being further distributed to those who are vulnerable. Most people are. Personal gain and happiness, when genuine, leads to assisting others in achieving the same.

The path of combined self-corrective work and integrity may frequently feel lonely. It is however its own reward, that no other person or thing out there can ever replace. It is the path of the realized Self.

Full Moon in Cancer – A Shattering of Patterns

The Moon is Full at 22 degrees of Cancer on January 12th and it’s quite a sight to behold, literally and figuratively speaking. Cancer’s ruling planet is the Moon which in turn rules the subconscious mind and emotions. Seems like we’ve collectively been traversing the dark side of the moon now for several months. We’ve been shadow-boxing and beating around the bush with beliefs and assumptions and now shit’s about to get real in some explosive ways.

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What we’re up against is the heavy weight of societal and ancestral programming and in some cases an unwillingness to look at our own participation in destruction and violence. The heaviness is in some cases an unwillingness to even look at ugliness at all because “love is the answer” and focusing on the negative makes it worse. It may be true that focusing on the negative to the exclusion of anything positive and beneficial can cause sickness and the proliferation of yet more negative outcomes. To ignore what’s wrong in the world is to turn a blind eye to suffering and injustice.

Thanks to the internet, alternative media and whistleblowers such as Ted Gunderson, Aaron Swartz, Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, more Americans than ever before know that mainstream media cannot be trusted. The grave trouble is at this point with the complexity of technology and its tricks there seems to be no source of news at all that can be trusted.  This could be the ultimate wake-up call from the “Macrocosmic Self” to go within instead of gobbling up everything that we’re told is factual. Just 5 minutes a day of self-reflection, investigative research or basic cogitation instead of believing every word heard on the radio and T.V. and seen on news headlines would make a dramatic difference in perception as well as help to increase problem-solving abilities.

Just as it is harmful to turn a blind eye on suffering it is also harmful and maybe even more so to project all of the wrongs onto a single person for all of the damage that is being done to a nation, a person or in any given situation. Maybe Trump is as “deplorable” as he seems or maybe he will completely blow people away with his true intentions and actions. It is highly doubtful that all of his haters know what his words really are since media is so greatly distorted and if people dislike a personality they tend to dis the whole person. If someone says all the right things or presents them in a charismatic and hypnotic way, it becomes easy to pardon that person despite what crimes they have committed.

So many people can shrug off the war mongering of past Democratic presidents (and by the way, I am not invested in either party – to be clear, I do not represent Democrats or Republicans).

Behavioral patterns are so ingrained in the human psyche that they are rarely responded to in any way other than that which has been pre-programmed. These patterns can be inherited or absorbed through the environment or trauma. Over time they become robotic and they eventually rob the spirit of ingenuity and spontaneity. If robotic patterns are not broken, eventually the intuitive and creative faculties decline. It usually takes something so huge and disruptive to break a robotic pattern that whatever that something is will immediately be perceived as the enemy.

When one does not conform and act as others expect or have become accustomed to then most often resistance and power struggles ensue. It is the person who does not want change who struggles the most.

A Grand Trine between the Full Moon in Cancer, Mars and Chiron in Pisces and the Black Moon Lilith in Scorpio places some attention on the Dark Goddess archetype which includes both her nurturing and ferocious aspects. The Kali Ma force of the Universe is one to be reckoned with now, looking all manners of depravity, abuse, and addiction square in the face. She will pull no punches, take no prisoners. She is going straight for the jugular of ignorance and she’s not sorry about a thing.

This Full Moon occurs on the last day of Venus’s ascending phase since the beginning of August 2016. On January 13th this planet representing the Feminine and power of love will enter a new phase which indicates a new level of maturity and ripening within consciousness, right beside Neptune in Pisces. We’ll see where this wave of energy leads in the months to come. Venus turns Retrograde in the sign Aries from March 4th until April 15th which is likely to be a very reflective period where relationships of all kinds and personal values are concerned.

Speaking of maturity, I have heard this word “adulting” several times in the past couple of weeks from several people and find it utterly hilarious. Mostly though, it just makes me shake my head and feel like a little ol’ grannie who wonders what the hell this world is coming to. Guess it’s time to put on my big girl trousers and gear up for some serious “adulting” if I’m going to survive the cruelty of it all.

A general summary of some things being highlighted at this time: family dynamics, issues pertaining to the home & shelter, cowardice/courage, weakness/strength, dependencies/independence, sadism/masochism, predator/prey, breakdowns/breakthroughs, clinging/letting go, victimhood, bullying, reuniting, emotional healing and release.

Emotions run as deep as the deepest ocean under a Cancerian Full Moon. So do robotic patterns. Whether they continue being circulated or their cycles are peacefully brought to an end is still a choice. That is of course until something comes along to shatter them altogether.

Modern Rites of Passage

“And therefore, all of those for whom authentic transformation has deeply unseated their souls must, I believe, wrestle with the profound moral obligation to shout from the heart—perhaps quietly and gently, with tears of reluctance; perhaps with fierce fire and angry wisdom; perhaps with slow and careful analysis; perhaps by unshakable public example—but authentically always and absolutely carries a demand and duty: you must speak out, to the best of your ability, and shake the spiritual tree, and shine your headlights into the eyes of the complacent. You must let that radical realization rumble through your veins and rattle those around you.
Alas, if you fail to do so, you are betraying your own authenticity. You are hiding your true estate. You don’t want to upset others because you don’t want to upset your self. You are acting in bad faith, the taste of a bad infinity.”

– Ken Wilber

Rites of Passage are important to us whether or not we practice or believe in any religion. A rite is a celebration that can be simple or elaborate, solitary or shared in a group. What matters is how it supports each individual in transitioning from one phase of life to another.

Whatever calendar system one adheres to, there are changes in consciousness that are signaled at the beginning of each new year (or birth date). When such a change is truly honored in some way it tends to become much easier to adjust to than if it were ignored. When it comes to the Gregorian New Year for example, many people do not feel at all fresh and “new”. To the contrary, there is often a tired, withdrawn tone that does not indicate that it’s time to go full speed ahead. There are many reasons for this, some depending on which hemisphere of the Earth is under consideration. Nature provides the perfect examples for us in how to conduct a full-on Rite of Passage, complete with all the right colors, shapes, elements, scents and sounds. Originally, humans followed Her lead instead of seeking domination.

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One of the things that modern man suffers from most is a lack of honor. We have collectively forgotten the honor of Self, of Earth, of Relationships, of Change. Without honoring life’s many transitions and simply glossing over them to get on to the next thing, one misses out on so much. No wonder that so many walk around without much of a sense of purpose, direction or passion in life. Low self-esteem, low energy and low vibrations permeate much of the modern landscape.

Major life changes are regulated instead of honored and everyone experiences the ramifications of denying the sacredness of Life and trashing it instead. Between Birth and Death there are several other important changes that once were heeded more closely in ancient civilizations. Seasonal rituals, initiations into adulthood, menstruation, marriage, motherhood or fatherhood, relocation, preparation for battle or self-defense, loss and healing through ceremony were all honored in some way.

There are obviously some very intimate life changes that are not necessarily the kind one would wish to let others in on and others are quite Universal. Both kinds of changes deserve some deep acknowledgement and reflection in a way that brings proper closure to what was, brings the focus to the present and empowers one with the fuel to move forward without fear.

There are those who abuse Rites of Passage also for their own nefarious ends. They understand the significance of numbers, symbols, archetypes and the subconscious and use these to manipulate instead of empower during a major transition. Ultimately, over some stretch of time those who engage in “Black Magic” find themselves bound by their own spells.

Being disinterested, traumatized or even “too busy” to include some kind of Rite of Passage which could be as simple as getting the help needed to move onward often means that something desperately needs to be honored in order for progress to be made. For those who have a strong aversion to religious, spiritual or what they consider to be New Age terms, finding any way to give something proper credit as a transition is being made will suffice and still do wonders that may enhance overall wellbeing, happiness and productivity.

One can be the person who always feel as though things are happening to them, such as through loss and misfortune. Conversely one can be the kind of person who consciously engages with change and therefore effects their own environment in profound ways. In this instance, change becomes transformaiton.

Major changes are inevitable. What we do with these changes is what makes each of us who we are.

Numerology for 2017

The close of one year and the beginning of a new one is always filled with great energy and anticipation and in some cases quite a bit of dread and anxiety. Numerology can help to increase our understanding of this time period and to gain maximum benefit from changes taking place.

In addition to the obvious ones, there are occult reasons why the last day of the year and the first day of the new year are so potent and appropriate for setting goals. December 31st corresponds to the Joker card of the Destiny system, which represents limitless possibilities and January 1st corresponds to the King of Spades – the card of Mastery on all levels. No other days share these primary card influences.

Numerology & Astrological “Predictions” for 2017

2017 rounds up to a Ten before it is further reduced to a One. It works like this: 2 + 0 + 1 + 7 = 10 and 1 + 0 = 1. Most numerologists will refer to 2017 as a One year, but it does include the Ten vibration which I explain more about in the CD “10 Tips to Thriving in 2017. This 2 CD set (also available as an MP3) is a 2 hour talk with Dailey Little and offers a detailed analysis of themes and solutions around 2017.

Both the One and the Ten correspond to initiative, change of direction and high levels of ambition. The 10th Major Arcana card of the Tarot is The Wheel of Fortune. This card reflects a turning point and the very concept of time itself. It indicates movement and huge strokes of what may be called “luck” for better or worse.

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The 1st Major Arcana card is the Magician which relates to New Beginnings, the power of words in manifestation, thought patterns and consciousness itself. With this influence 2017 will be a year to break thought patterns and fears that keep us tied down, immobile or limited in expression. It will highlight new ideas, originality, individuality and leadership. This is truly the beginning of a major new cycle on the Earth and many new kinds of inventions will be brought forth throughout the year.

Due to Mercury’s influence in the Magician card all forms of communication will become very important in 2017. Media, transportation, speeches, intimate conversations and even telepathy are included in this. Information in general will become more readily available (yes, even more so than it already has been with the Internet!) and not all of this info will be new. In fact much of the information being released will be old but the fact that it is finally being released represents a new dawn for humanity in which a huge veil of ignorance will be lifted. That is my hope and prayer.

In 2017, I foresee that complex illusions will be sharply pierced to reveal many hidden dimensions of both the sacred and the profane. We might as well consider this year the magic wand that breaks a very long spell. There may not be “full disclosure” yet but there will possibly be far more than any of us have seen in this lifetime. The build-up to America’s Pluto return has already begun and will hit its apex in 2020. We have already seen and can expect even more bizarre twists of fate with this in political scandals. There are things going on in corrupt government that sorely need to be exposed. This idea that what we don’t know can’t hurt us will be fiercely argued in different ways by people from all walks of life. Soon enough, hidden Truth will no longer be suppressed and the global elite will no longer be able to control the amount of videos and evidence of their crimes being witnessed. As a result, there will be more crime scene busts and more child rescues, THANK GOD!!!

There is so much that needs attention and healing and sadly, these things probably won’t all be addressed in the year ahead. However, my hunch is that the ball will get rolling in those directions. Because a rising number of people are dissatisfied with current rules and regulations and are upset with what they are learning about their appointed leaders, they will probably begin to turn yet again toward grassroots endeavors and simplifying what has become the extremely distracting modern lifestyle. Maybe more will even begin to turn within.

The number One year highlights our Sovereignty and more will be encouraged to strike out on their own, speak their mind and to do something new simply because it’s meaningful, not because their friends think it’s cool. Doing things out habit, desperation or obligation just won’t cut it in 2017. In this year it will become increasingly evident that energy and thoughts are where actions and manifestations begin. Willpower, courage, creativity and determination are all hallmarks of a One/Ten/Magician/Wheel of Fortune year.

Talent is another keyword for 2017. The Ones and Tens are both all about it. Talents are many with these vibrations so more of us will be inspired to put ours to good use! There are times to focus on just one or two things and times to do a lot. This will be a year in favor of doing a lot of different things in general.

2016 Reflections

2016 was a #9 year from the numerological perspective. Nine relates to the Hermit card of the Major Arcana. This past year highlighted endings, death, struggle and disappointment. It also brought completion in many areas, raised ideals and societal breakthroughs that even though painful and chaotic have been necessary to the awakening of humanity at large. There were several heavy blows and a great deal of fear and confusion relevant to Saturn’s square to Neptune. Rare opportunities for deeper understanding, forgiveness and spiritual release also arose during 2016. If we made the best that we possibly could during all of the hardships and loss, then 2017 will certainly bring about some much needed change for the better.

New Moon in Capricorn – New Solutions to Old Problems

Although the marker of certain somber events taking place the New Moon at 7 degrees of Capricorn on December 28th/29th is also the indication of a deep renewal on levels pertaining to livelihood and life calling. This is a time of year when more seem to wonder and ask who they really are, why they are here and how they can get to the next level from where they are. However, there has been a very tired, frustrated sort of energy in the air this holiday season with post-election chaos and Mercury Retrograde also in Capricorn.

The planetary ruler of Capricorn is Saturn which is associated with time, age, delays, limits, lessons and tests. Saturn has been squaring Chiron this month, a comet representative of the Wounded One or Healer in us all. The pain that has been felt in body, mind, and spirit as of late has been nothing new but a result of some very old issues being dredged up for possible resolution and release.

Just as Cancer signifies a sort of entry point, whether into the womb, into the world or into the Self, its polar opposite sign Capricorn can signify a sort of exit. What is being exited, left behind, brought to a close or a conclusion? It may not necessarily be something physical but a concept or habit that no longer feels appropriate. It is important to acknowledge whatever is on its way out and even grieve its passing if that is a natural emotional response. The suppression of emotions only cause stagnation in the long-run and this is one of the issues that this Capricorn New Moon is highlighting.

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The asteroid Zeus is conjunct the New Moon, which further indicates very old energy dynamics at play, after all Zeus is a very old deity in Greek mythology. The god of sky and thunder, also known as Jupiter, was the head honcho and king of all gods on Mount Olympus. This fits right in with the Capricornian themes of authority, male dominance, politics and oppressive control in general. There is a lot to learn from past and present experiences relating to those in positions of power and the abuse of power. The theme of the Teacher, especially the one who is feared or shunned is highlighted too. Being able to channel anger responsibly and creatively during all of this is quite challenging. There are of course empowering possibilities with this New Moon as well as difficult ones. Those would include the discovery or revelation of new solutions to old problems – ones that have probably been tackled for many years without positive or satisfactory results.

The New Moon conjunct Mercury forms a sextile to Mars in mysterious Pisces. One thing’s clear with this and all of the Saturnian energy in full swing. It’s time to get down to business, to work for what matters, to get moving and do something about something instead of just think or speak of it. Whatever that is will be unique to each individual or group. Plans must be implemented, even if only small steps are taken in the direction of manifestation. Since Mercury is doing the backward thing, some steps may very well need to be retraced and certain things redone.

Meanwhile, Uranus which has been Retrograde since July 29th is stationing to turn Direct at 20 degrees of Aries . It is now directly opposite of Jupiter in Libra which could be why so many things in so many aspects of life (but mainly around relationships of all kinds) have just about reached their total extremes. These are the kinds of extremes that never occurred to most of us in our wildest dreams. Uranus lives for surprises and Jupiter won’t do anything in a small way. Just when you thought nothing more could possibly be any crazier or shock you or the world further, this aspect will come up with plenty of stuff to knock socks off and blow minds many times over, well into next Spring. So, get ready for a very interesting New Year to say the least!

New Moon in Sagittarius – Embracing Life’s Battles

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”  – Albert Einstein

The New Moon is at 7 degrees of Sagittarius on November 29th. It forms an exact conjunction with asteroid Juno, and a square with Neptune and the Lunar Nodes. In Sagittarius, the combined influence of the luminaries with Juno highlights partnerships and unions based on higher values, nurturing of the intellect, respect for each other’s differences and a passionate search for truth. Its dark side, especially in stressful aspects involving Neptune entails self-righteousness, religious and/or political fanaticism, inappropriate or misguided self-sacrifice, deception and victimization.

Neptune has been a year-long influence due to a square by Saturn in Sagittarius since August 2015, now fading in effect. The Neptunian themes of delusion, confusion, psychic pain and past life review are not over however, as Saturn and Chiron, the Wounded Healer in Pisces move into a square to be fully activated in the new year of 2017. The wounds that were not healed, the debris that was not discarded, the lies that were only partially uncovered and the memories that were stirred this past year are drawn up yet again with this New Moon and in the weeks ahead.

Venus in Capricorn forms a square with Uranus and Ceres in Aries. This and along with the four planets (Sun, Moon, Saturn, Mercury) in Sagittarius calls for radical honesty and a heavy price to pay for deceit. Much of this has already been going down in the political arena and the dominoes will continue to fall over the next few months. Intense conflicts and opposing views can cause separations and loss on a grand scale.

Sagittarius favors culture and expanded education. Like all fire signs, this one does not shrink away from challenge but embraces it wholeheartedly. Whenever this sign is emphasized, more of us dare to think and do things that were previously not known or comfortable. What is something you have long wanted to do that you’ve been afraid of initiating?

Every now and then the words of one of my great-grandmothers resounds in my memory:

“Life is constant battle!” she would exclaim after telling a story, particularly in relation to surviving the Armenian genocide…

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…but I remember her as a happy little lady, ever-so-loving and grateful for all that life had blessed her with. As I grew older, I began to truly understand her words more clearly and adopted them as a sort of mantra, especially in situations that seemed extremely bad or good. This mantra reminds me that things can always be a lot worse, not to rest on my laurels, never to settle for less than what I deem as worthy and just, and that if life’s not a “bitch” in some way, shape or form I must be overlooking or doing something wrong.

Contrary to New Age belief, people don’t automatically change their reality by ignoring what’s ugly and only reciting positive happy affirmations to themselves (as if they are trying super hard to drill them into their thick skulls). Believe me, I tried all that as a teen and it didn’t work. It began to feel like a form of denial and it eventually became evident that denial only leads to escapism, addiction and self-pity. What did work was accepting this life as battle, putting on my armor, picking up my spear and going forward full tilt.

I’m not sharing any of this as gospel, but just as my own personal philosophy and experience. It also seems relevant to the Times. When one acknowledges life’s battles for what they are, there is no more room for complaining. There is only choice in how to engage or give up. Accepting the reality of battle, of hardship and of hell on Earth was actually liberating for me. It meant that I no longer held onto false promises or waited for approval and rewards from others. I gave up hope for “lollipops”, pats on the back, gold stars and Nirvana. Suddenly, so much came into focus.

Whatever principles one adheres to ultimately shape life’s experiences for better or worse. These principles can be positive or negative, religious or not, inclusive or exclusive. What really matters is what results they produce both internally and externally. Do these results weigh on the side of healing or destruction? Enlightenment or ignorance? Dishonor or valour?

“Stand for something or you will fall for anything.”

Some more questions to ask during this Sagittarius New Moon (there are no Right or Wrong answers – just food for thought):

What are you seeking for and why?

What are you fighting for and why?

What are you holding on to and why?

Whose thoughts are you thinking? Why?