Karma, Destiny, and the Most Difficult Parts of Living.
Denial is not just a river in Egypt.
Astrology has fascinated me since I was a child. My mother was an astrologer. I would sit and watch her piecing together numbers like a jigsaw puzzle then translating them into lovely symbols that she meticulously placed in drawing of a round circle divided into twelve segments (called "houses")—like a pie. "Hmmm," she would sometimes say, or mutter, "Oh my," or "Well, that's interesting." She was like a surgeon probing into the secret spaces of a body, looking for clues and answers.
Change happens. Sometimes it happens to us, visited upon our lives by an external source, and sometimes it happens within us, as a new dream or an impulse that expands our outlook. Sometimes the change is something we wanted, like a new job. Sometimes it is something we thought that we didn’t want, like a divorce.
Sometimes we even get so stuck in a pattern and an unconscious habit that we forget that change is always on its way.
Change is inevitable. We must be open to it, even as it seeks us. And as the interior design of our souls shift, the interior design of our homes must shift along with it to support, nurture and sustain us as we become more aligned with our soul’s calling, message and expression.
Countless books, articles, and lectures have given theories about the mysterious lost continent of Atlantis. It seems that in “New Age” literature everything originated in Atlantis. Where does this come from? The source of the Atlantis story goes back centuries to a handful of pages in “Plato’s Dialogues.” Plato, who was born somewhere around 423 BCE, was a Greek philosopher, poet, and mathematician. He wrote a story called “Critias,” where he describes the Island of Atlantis.
In the story, Critias is talking with Socrates, Timaeus, and Hermocrates. He tells them a story, told to him by his grandfather, also named Critias, who heard the story from his grandfather, Dropides (young Critias' great grandfather) who heard the story from his friend and distant cousin, Solon. Solon heard the story from an Egyptian priest while he was traveling through Egypt. The Egyptian priest heard the story from another priest who said that it had been passed down through 9,000 years of previous priests who had been told by survivors of the great deluge.
Your home has become a trash can. The trash is clutter. Clutter is anything that no longer supports you. Anything can be clutter--clothes, electronics, books, people, and activities are clutter if they no longer suit you. When there is clutter in your home, the effect of the disorder is chaos. It affects your peace of mind, health and relationships.
We need to take advantage of every possible opportunity that resonates with us--to show up--to not just think about it. The era of data collection is over. We have all read the same books, we have all listened to the same tapes. We all get the concept. Now, we have to turn it into action.
What is keeping you in bondage today?
We were each born with a seed of potential, a seed of possibility. That seed was planted within us, even before we opened our eyes to this expression of life. That seed has the potential to flourish and to grow, or if we don't find our joy, that planted seed of potential, can fade and show up as depression, discontent, anger, and more.
We often talk about "wanting to be spiritual," but being spiritual and taking care of our everyday affairs are exactly the same thing. There is no difference. With clarity we become ordinary––simply taking care of whatever comes before us. In this process, we develop trust that whatever shows up in our lives, we will meet it.
Every one of the seventy-eight Tarot cards speaks volumes about the human condition and about the human spirit. Among them, the twenty-two Major Arcana cards are especially eloquent on the subject of our spiritual journey. The following, then, are a few such insights that are suggested by one Tarot card in particular, the Fool.
The twenty-two Major Arcana cards in the Tarot deck are quite eloquent on the subject of our spiritual journey, and a particularly interesting aspect of these cards is the fact that duality is a recurrent theme throughout them. For example, the Magician and the High Priestess (cards 1 and 2 in the Major Arcana) form a dualistic pair, representing (among other things) activity and passivity, respectively. Consideration of these two cards in this light suggests some soulful insights, which we will explore here.
Duality is a recurrent theme throughout the Tarot’s twenty-two Major Arcana cards, which emphasizes the fact that understanding how to balance and integrate the complementary energies symbolized by these cards is an essential part of our spiritual journey. For example, the Empress and the Emperor form a dualistic pair, representing (among other things) the archetypal mother and the archetypal father.
How have three people in Orange County made a difference in the lives of African children? They started an organization that paid $2000 for repairs on a school in Gisenyi, Rwanda, bought milk for newborns of mothers with HIV in Bujumbura, Burundi, begun a campaign for AIDS awareness in both cities as well as other small projects that benefit children. In the US, it does more than raise money…it tells stories of Africa. It also conveys how much people in Africa appreciate that they are not forgotten.