Monday, March 2, 2015

maybe your feet hurt because your socks just need time to relax



I'm reading a book called The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by self proclaimed "tidy-er" Mari Kondo. By following her instructions you tidy up your home once and then it stays tidy forever. Yes, you heard me - forever. She has thousands of devoted fans and claims almost no one has ever relapsed after finishing her training.

When I stumbled upon this book Saturday night on my Kindle I was thinking - just like you are probably thinking now - how the hell is this possible? Tidying is like breathing, isn't it? We breathe in, we breathe out - we make a mess, we clean it up.

But I drink the kool-aid. I start thinking about all the things I will finally have time to do once this time wasting "tidying" thing has been taken off my hands.

I buy the book.

By now it's almost midnight and I'm reading about about how socks hate being all rolled up in little balls - how they work really hard for us all day and really need proper drawer 'relaxation' time. I read this part to George and he can see my eyes getting all misty, thinking about his poor tortured socks. "No!", he screams says

(have I told you how loud his voice is these days - either his hearing is going or I'm developing some kind of Superman thing - it's like living with someone who is always talking on a cellphone - he can say "CATHY" in a way that takes 10 years off my life just to let me know the dog is doing something cute)

anyway, he screams says "No, I like my sock balls!" which sends me rolling on to the floor in a fit of the giggles which of course turns into a coughing fit and then a sore hip - sometimes getting older sucks sock balls, folks.

I decide to just free my own socks which isn't quite as satisfying since I only own like 4 pairs - don't ask. After I unroll them, I really can hear them thanking me (of course I may have this Superman hearing thing going on) and I think I feel a little like what Lincoln must have felt after signing the Emancipation Proclamation (without the bloodshed and saving human lives part, of course).

The one idea I really like - and I haven't finished the book and wouldn't give it all away here if I had, of course - is to sort your items by item type and not by room. So for example to do this one time major tidying thing - you don't clean your bedroom. You start with a certain item like your clothes and then you move onto something else like your books.

When sorting your clothes you go through your entire house - bedroom, closets, attic, etc - and gather all your clothes together in one place. 

She suggests touching each piece of clothing and only deciding what you must keep - not thinking about what you are getting rid of. 

I love the focus on what we are called to keep, but I was still wanting to keep way too much.

I started asking myself the question, "Would I buy this today?" but then I wasn't keeping anything.

I am going to start again next weekend. Maybe spring cleaning will get spring here a little faster ... we are expecting snow again tomorrow :( xo all

Sunday, March 1, 2015

In Like a Lion | Astrology Forecast for Creatives | Week of March 2nd


March is the busiest astrological month of 2015!

We start the week with the Moon in Leo and a grand fire trine giving March a passionate welcome.  

He definitely comes in like a lion and we will all have something to be fired up about!

This week we have a trine from Jupiter (retrograde in Leo) to Venus and Uranus (cuddled up in Aries). This is Jupiter's second, of three, alignments to Uranus - the first was the last week of September 2014 (what was happening in your life back then?) and the 3rd alignment is at the end of June this year.

Jupiter is the King of the Gods; largest planet in our solar system - heavier than all the other planets, moons, asteroids, comets (you get the picture here) all rolled together. Jupiter is expansive and wherever he lands in our charts we are often lucky ... until maybe we start to take this luck for granted.

Jupiter's chillin' in Leo and Leo rules the 5th house of pleasure, creative self expression, playfulness and falling in love

(again, the house Leo sits in our natal chart will be even more applicable).

This trine can bring an unexpected happening (Uranus) with something we want or love (Venus) - whatever it is, with Jupiter, we know there's expansion here. It could be big! It will definitely be new! 

This is a week to get our work out there. Make the call. Send the sample. Apply to the show. Take action that can lead to attention. 

Tuesday is a great day for getting stuff done and out the door. The Moon is void so not so great for starting something new. Wednesday could be an important decision day. Lean into what inspires and excites us now - don't doubt there is an infinite source of creative goodness available to all of us - and yes, it matters what we do with it!

Friday's Full Moon in Virgo is complicated. For some people there will be an opportunity to receive attention/reward/recognition for the work we’ve done, providing, of course, we've actually done it 

(notice all the liars falling on their swords these days- the Bikram yoga guy is the latest).

“I did it my way", will be our mantra.

Now we're talking Virgo, so the recognition won't be so much personal - it will be for the work - and we will probably have to take or have taken some kind of action to make it happen since Mars is involved. On the other hand it could be the bright light of the Full Moon illuminating something we have done incorrectly. Virgo can be a little nit picky. Either way our mantra still works. This Moon is the culmination of September's New Moon and also wraps up a storyline we started the first week of September 2013. More on this later in the week with the Full Moon post.

I would be remiss not to say there is a lot of ending energy again this week, too. Also much energy around relationships and connections .... we'll talk about this later, too.

Stay tuned! We have an action packed month ahead and we begin our NEW YEAR with a Solar Eclipse in less than 3 weeks!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

cultivating a waiting attitude - time is the means ..... part II



Part I of this series is here.

If we are plugging along doing the best we can and it still feels like we are spinning our wheels in our own twisted version of Groundhog Day or we get this close to something we want only to see it all fall apart at the 11th hour maybe the problem isn't what we are doing or what we are wanting - maybe the problem is as simple and as challenging as timing.

We were all born at exactly the right time. Yes, I believe down to the exact second. A doctor's forceps can't screw this up, a mother's deep desire to get this birth over with, a long hard labor - we are born when we intend to be born.

We begin our life doing everything with perfect timing. We eat, we sleep. We learn to walk and talk at our own pace. Babies don't have to plot and plan for these things to happen. They don't have daily planners, make vision boards and form mastermind groups. They just move through life doing what they do and then one day they stand up. Life is no different later on. The rules don't change. The only thing that has changed is us.

The I Ching hexagram for waiting looks like steam. It's rising up to the sky to form clouds. Before the rain comes, clouds must form. This takes time. In the I Ching the steam that accumulates into clouds (that leads to rain) symbolizes the creative energy generated anytime we attain a correct "waiting attitude". This doesn't mean we are sitting on our ass eating chocolate (although of course, this is going to happen from time to time☺).

A "waiting attitude" means we avoid the doubt, impatience and anxiety that drain our energy. 

We avoid (other than the occasional dark chocolate) engaging in detours that cause us to lose sight of our work. We avoid comparing ourselves with others. We remain in contact with our inner voice. 

We cooperate with time as the vehicle of change, knowing when the time comes to act, the Creative impulse will reveal the best way to respond.

Some things we can be asking ourselves are:

1. Am I trying to control the situation? Am I setting up fixed goals and paths? Can I release my attachment to the outcome and just work and enjoy the process?

We have built a paradigm (that is falling apart) in which control is seen as "good" and controllers as powerful. "She's got everything under control" sounds like a compliment until we see her crying into her pillow secretly wishing everything would just fall the hell apart so she doesn't have to carry it any longer.

Certainly there are business situations we need to stay on top of. But when we try to manipulate, push and control things we close off all sorts of wonderful possibilities that we can't line up with when we’re attached to one “right” path.

2. Am I worrying about what other people think? Am I wanting something so others can see me having it?

When we imagine ourselves having our desired goal do we feel the happiness of having it or do we feel the happiness from having others know we have it. Think about it.

3. Are you stuck deciding what to do? Can you begin to release the idea that there is one thing you are meant to do?

We waste so much energy deciding the path to travel - we are standing at that crossroad growing gray hair and baggy eyelids. What if both paths lead to exactly the same place? What if they all do? What if we just have to choose our road and the Creative can use any action we take to get us where we need to be? What if, when someone else succeeds doing it differently, it doesn't mean we have missed out on something or done something wrong? What if the same path wouldn't have worked in the same way for us with the same timing?

Next Part III - receptivity or why we might just need a set of tinfoil antennas