Altered Alignments

             Remember when we talked about how the only constant is Change, and how we need to learn about flexibility where Change is concerned?  Well, we’re back there now.

             Or rather, we’ve spiraled up to a new level of it.

             As we all know, the world is a fucking shit show.  So much is wrong.  So.  Much!

             On the other hand, some great progress is being made, and some wonderful new opportunities are arriving.  Always, there is Hope.

             Astrologically speaking, these big steps forward have been approaching for a while now, they are not a secret.  We’re sitting in the middle of a very large growth phase, a huge upset.  Globally, we are moving towards tremendous improvement.

             One of the reasons I’m so confident that things will get better is because, for me personally, there’s been some excellent progress.  Every time I allow the Universe to lead, I am directed in a completely positive way.

             Here is what we can focus on, what will help, and what will get us past the growing pains, on our way to Improvement:

Ever Advancing

             We are never going backwards.  We do not make mistakes.  We learn.  We advance.  We just do better!  (Yes, there are set-backs, we’re dealing with flawed humans.)

             The trick is to let go.  Then, re-aim at something even more than where we are now.  Fix a few key points, deal-breakers and must-haves, then . . . . .  release.

             It’s simple, but can be difficult.  The challenge we face is that our human brain can often fight against the spiritual side.  Be strong.  Then, allow the greatness to catch up.

             This was who called out to me for our validation.  It’s a wonderful number, too.  Ten is a new cycle.  And as we heard, spiraling ever upwards.

change happens

“The Arrow Master  ~  10

hitting the mark, intention, detachment

The Arrow Master appears to help you target your intentions and teaches you how to shoot straight for the stars.

The message is to be deliberate about focusing your dreams and desires with intention and about aligning your intentions with Spirit.

Then let them fly on the wind, directed by the Divine, until they reach their goal.

The only way to hit the target is to allow the arrow of your intention to fly unencumbered by your eagerness to see it travel exactly the way you want it to go.

You may think it needs to veer a certain way to reach your goal, but in the invisible realms, human power cannot make this happen.

The Divine has its own idea of how the arrow flies and upon what wind it’s carried.  Nonetheless, if you don’t shoot, you’ll never score.

This is a fortunate message as long as you remember the Law of Detachment.  If you do, then be assured that you are right on point!”

Today’s Deck:

Wisdom Of The Hidden Realms by Colette Baron-Reid

Today’s Sharing:

 is to say that I am in the middle of a job move.   I set my intentions earlier, and the results have come in.  (Swiftly!)  More details soon; as this week progresses I’ll be working at the old place, while simultaneously training with the new.

             It will be very tiring, but I am feeling energized at taking this step.  Onward and upward!  (Also Outward, and down 5 blocks.)

 

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To Live with Freedom and Purpose

             When we set out to live with intention, to live a mindful life, acquire a lovingkindness mindset, we are already improved.  We’ve taken the first, crucial step.  We’ve made a decision.

             As sometimes happens though, the busy-ness of culture and society derail us.  We try to reconnect, even through the noise.  But it can be difficult, a challenge to hear the calm, the peace, the grace that we strive for.

             Today’s message, our reminder from The Universe, is a useful tool.  Here is an addition to our bag of tricks, something we can count on and utilize.  Exactly what we need right now, the means to keep our aim true.

Attentiveness

             “Bring your focus back,” that’s what we’re told in meditative practice.  When the attention wanders, simply bring it back.  Allow our Observation Mind to notice it, then let it go.

             Can it be that easy, so freaking basic?  Yep.  It totally can.  And is.  As long as we apply it with liberal abandon.  No scrimping, no closed fists.

             Put that Attentiveness on everything, like a multi-use and delicious condiment.  After enough times, it truly does become more automatic.  We CAN bring ourselves back to center, back to sacred.

             As a consequence, the serenity too, becomes easier to grab and hold on to.

             This entire intentional, mindful aspect is validated on our card altar right now.  Additionally, its numerical definition shows us the truth in that very duality.

             (It adds down like this: two plus nine is eleven, one plus one is two.  The cycle-set meaning that we’ve begun, we are on our way.)

cycles

“Coming to Life  ~  29  ~

‘Something beautiful is being born in your life.’

When you look at your life, can you see how you have grown and evolved over time?  Perhaps you’ve even shed ‘skins’ and identities and created new ones, or at the very least matured in your ideas about yourself and the world you inhabit.  

You know things take time, and the Spirit world’s timetable is rarely in sync with your own.

This card indicates that a long-held dream is beginning to show signs of life.  You must try not to coax it along, or shape it according to your desires.

Spirit knows the best form for the manifestation of this dream, and your life can become even better than you could possibly imagine.

Now is the time for reverence and awe.  Allow the contours of your path to be carved by the hands of the Divine.

All you have to do is show up.”

Today’s Deck:

The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid

Today’s Sharing:

is THIS perfect piece of wonderfulness that I recently came across.

             If I’d met someone like Lindy West when I was young, it would have saved me (and my entire family) a fuckton of pain, heart-ache, and expense.  She’s beautiful and smart and I can’t wait to buy the book she’s currently writing.

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Circular Happy Dancing.

             Not only are we back, but it totally wasn’t any where NEAR our fault.  Although, it WAS a strange and odd sort of freak-of-nature type of deal.  Because, ya know: us.

             Where to begin?  Well, I won’t.  But I will say that there was no melt-down, no gnashing of teeth, and really not much stress-eating either.  So?  Could’ve been worse.  Didn’t cost money we did not have, and no one died.  Back to business.

             Some gyming happened, we saw some good* movies, had a sammich, and got to visit with in-town kids for a festive meal.  Today, I went to the pool and Dan went to work.  No epiphanies but I’m quite pleased with how both of us handled the potential for stress.  We rolled with it, and moved on past.

*I’m always pleased when our limited selection of film viewing doesn’t suck.  I know someone is going to ask, so this is what we saw: Black Swan, We Bought A Zoo, and Moonrise Kingdom.  (The last one was the best.  Yes, J3, totally my kind of movie!)

            The Universe sent us a message to show how it’s all meant to be this way, challenges as well as blessings.

oracle cards

“The Spiral Dancer  ~  5  ~

circuitous route, perception

The Spiral Dancer moves with her own rhythm and steps to music only she can hear.  She takes you on a path that is winding and circular.  She assures you that what you’re experiencing as a setback is really part of an upward spiral.  

Perception is everything: you are not retracing your steps or going backward, but rather around and up.  She says that you can be comforted, knowing that your path is one of success, adventure, and experience.  Follow her, for she dances along a magical way.

If you are asking about relationships, keep dancing and magic will soon happen.  Also, it’s okay to allow someone else to take the lead at this time.  Make sure to let others know that you are open.  Always remember that relationships are mirrors and will show you the past, the present, and the potential future.

All relationships have a destiny.   Each is a sacred teacher with valuable lessons to share, even if it appears that the two of you are dancing in different directions.  All the steps are prefect, even when you may seem to be stumbling.

The Spiral Dancer is a reminder that destiny’s path is seldom straight.”

            The minute I saw this one I was thrilled with her appearance.  She was the perfect validation.  Also, her number is a Five.   My favorite part of this message is when she speaks of that spiraling upward movement.  We never go back, we always make progress.  Even if it’s wobblingly crooked and zigzaggy.

Today’s Deck:

Wisdom Of The Hidden Realm Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid

Monday’s Mileage:

ended up being just a wander with the Grand Dog, but look, you can see it HERE.  (Yeah, these fancy phone programs are pretty damn entertaining.)

Yesterday’s Mileage:

turned out to be a ride under overcast skies, but we were never soaking wet; downtown and back, it looked like THIS on a map.  My numbers show us going 9.331 miles in 59 minutes, 37 seconds, with an average speed of 9.3 MPH.

Today’s Mileage:

was only pool class numbers, 3.886 with an average speed of 9.4 MPH with pedaling time of 24 minutes and 49 seconds.

Today’s Festive Event:

is our very own xenatuba‘s birthday!  Happy Happy to you, Ally!!!

Celestial Update, Around the Table We Go, and Caution.

  Before I forget, here’s the upcoming news of the Universe:  Mercury will go Retrograde on the 20th at 12:59 p.m. (Pacific Time).  Over in the balloon titles thingy on the sidebar you can click on Mercury Retrograde or you can poke around in the archives (History Quilt) to read what I have had to say about this phenomenon previously.  It is not a planetary event to  be trifled with.

    Today I went less than a mile from my house, to the pool, and back (it was hot out, I stayed inside).  I saw two Nevada license plates, and a freakishly large number of orange traffic cones.  Two were placed on the street side of a Harley Davidson that was parked in front a neighborhood home.  Really?  You think half a block from a school on a residential street this is necessary?!  Two more were positioned in the lane of travel behind an absolutely huge moving truck that was blocking the entire half of the road (Fox Hollow, for those of you local folks playing along at home), on a curve, at the top of a hill.  That was your best choice?  I am not thinking positively about this new addition to my area, these people don’t seem to grasp much about where they have moved to.  I saw one solitary cone just on the side of the road.  It was a tiny one, and it made me wonder what the hell it was doing there.

  In our travels around the altar we are back to Colette’s oracle deck.

The Lady of the Mirror  ~  44  ~  reflection, nonjudgement

     This was one of those that is both Ally and Challenger.  She is asking us to see ourselves in the mirror made by events in our lives.  She represents the powerful force of the Law of Attraction and reminds us that what we are is what we attract.

    We are never to blame ourselves for inviting transgressions or seeking negativity.  Certain events are fated for us to learn from.  We are to honor every part of our story as essential to our highest unfolding.  We will find our answers in a thorough and honest self-appraisal.

And numerologically speaking the 44 is really a two, which makes it a very balanced number.  The duality of ourselves, that which is in the mirror and that which others see when they look at us.

Update, later on in the evening.  See Kate’s link or there under Important Things?  She needs some help with a book cover.  Go vote for the one you like so she can have plenty of info.  Thanks.  From me and her.