The Cardinal Cross

2014_Grand_Cardinal_Cross_April_22ndThis upcoming planetary picture has captured the attention of astrologers world wide.  It’s a pattern that no human,  has ever  lived through at least not with the planets currently forming this major grand cross.  For that reason, we have no historical information to guide us.  We are left thus with our education. our imagination, and our intuition as to just how this dynamic picture of planets is going to manifest.  It’s complicated and the presence of Pluto & Uranus who are locked into their ‘square-dance.x7’, makes the whole picture quite life-changing on a global scale.

Zodiac signs can be either Cardinal, Fixed, or Mutable, and each category has its own quality of expression.  The Cardinal category includes: Aries, Libra, Cancer & Capricorn.  Those of us who have a predominance of this ‘cardinal’ energy will really feel the ongoing effects of this alignment.   The rest of us will be impacted (greatly) simply by osmosis.  Cardinality is dynamic, active, and is fond of beginnings.  They like to start things in an active way.

Countries, Organizations, City/States, all have horoscopes too.  The USA is Cancer, born on the fourth of July.  If one looks at the horoscope of the USA what stands out in flashing neon is the fact that we are experiencing a return of Pluto to our natal Pluto in Capricorn.  The timing begs for deep discussions of where our country is heading in this 21st Century.  If you add the Cardinal Cross to a Pluto Return you quickly realize that we are truly living in “some interesting times” as the ancient Chinese curse so states.

Anyway, this will be some of the material we will work with on March 30 at the next Experiential Astrology & Kripalu Yoga workshop.  If you are interested in bringing a program to your location, contact Ida.

Some Keywords for Neptune…

abnormal behavior, addiction, aliases, alcohol, alcoholism, angels, artists, assassinations, betrayal, bliss charity, clairvoyance, confusion, conspiracies, deceit, degeneracy,delusion, disillusion, dissolving, dispersement, divinity, doubt, dreams, ecstasy, enchantment, escape, evasion, fairies, fantasy, fascination, fear, feet, fish, floods, fog, forebodings, forgery, fortune tellers, fountains gasoline, genius, glamor, grief,  hainthefogbit-forming drugs, hallucinations, haze, heaven, hospitals, houseboats, hypnotism, hysteria, icebergs,illusion, illustrations, imagination, imitating, incognitos, infidelity, insanity, instability, intuitive intellect, intuition, jails, lavender (color), liquor, liquids, magic, melodies, melodramas, metaphysics, mind readers, misrepresentations, mobs, morphine, music, mysteries, mysticism, mythology, obscurity, omens, opiates, oracles, osmosis, persecution, petroleum, pharmacy, pisces, pilots , pineal gland precipitation, predictions, pumps, rain, recovery,  retreats, retirement, rhythm, romance, scandal, seances, secrets, seduction, seers, sensationalism, servitude, slander, solitude, sorrows, spirituality, spiritual healing, suicides, swamps, toupees, trances, veils, visions, wine, witches, widows, worry, yogi, zealots, 12th house

Workshop March 2,  Sunday :: Yoga & Spiritual Awakening

We’ll be talking about both Neptune & Chiron to set the tone for our yoga practices.

“Come!  The Door is Round and Open.”  ~rumi

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Ten Thousand Steps….and counting……

Recently I read somewhere, that it takes 10, 000 hours of  consistent & persistent study to achieve Mastery over the subject at hand.  The author of these remarks meant it quite literally, and meant for us all to add up the hours spent in serious study, and practice.  If you are fortunate enough to attend a school of formal learning, they will do the math for you and assign you some letters  to add after your name. This may make living in this new-normal world easier, or not.  Time will tell.

The first book I was assigned to read when I began my yoga teacher training in 1998, was titled  Mastery by George Leonard, and for me, the bookworm,  it was a surprising and disappointing assignment.  I was burning to dig into ancient indian texts on how to achieve enlightenment and change my life, and stuff like that.  Mastery was small stuff.  I am grateful that my thinking has evolved since I achieved my 10,000 hours.

With Saturn in Virgo residing in my third house, natally, I’ve always been quite picky about  subject matters regarding intelligence, mental health, communications, education, and siblings.  You will find me quite firm in my opinions regardless of how quickly said opinions change.  And, change again.  Mutable signs are like that.

Then there are the ten thousand sorrows and ten thousand joys that the Asian Buddhists write of.   Why 10,000?  Why not 11, 001?

I had a major spiritual awakening during a vedic math class once.  I’ve never forgotten that moment and it has been a source of delight in my memory cells ever since.  Numbers are a deep source of symbolic information, yes?

Wikipedia informs me that there is a 10,000 year clock , conceived in 1986 and currently being built by a group of new-normal-wizkids including  Jeff Bezos , of Amazon, who donated 42 million towards this project!  It’s called The Clock of the Long Now.

How appropriate.

But why, 10,000 years?  Why not 11,001?

Other details to consider:

  • 10,000 years = 864,000 ,000 seconds
  • 14,400, 000 minutes
  • 240,000 hours
  • 1428 weeks (rounded down)

Then, sadly, of course,  there is that ever vigilant, awake & ready army of 10,000 , which has been mythologized, dramatized, and institutionalized  since 400 BC.

But the most recent incident of 10,000, the inspiration for this blog post, came in the mail from Amazon.com.  It’s my new pedometer!  It counts my steps. According to the new-normal-thinking of 2014, we need to take 10,000 steps a day if we want to lose weight, 6, 000 steps to maintain one’s fitness, etc. etc., and blah, blah, blah.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

10,000?

And, last,  just for fun : 10,000 Maniacs.

May you live for 10,000 years.  Om shanti, shanti, shantihi.

GodWinks…….

Mala BeadsCall it luck.  Call it politics.  Call it whatever you want.  I call it a godwink that I didn’t get a ticket for a moving violation today.

I was ‘cruising’ along a wide open waterfront street in a local town when I spotted the police car.  I looked down, and I was going a gentle 40mph on a 25 mph road. Oh! God! No!  But, I didn’t get the ticket for speeding.  I also didn’t get a ticket for not having my (newly re-newed) car insurance with me. That fine would have been expensive.   However, I did indeed receive a ticket,  for obstruction, and he pointed to the old, faded, sun-bleached malabeads that have hung off my rear-view mirror for over 20 years.

Immediately I felt saved by the god of my understanding.  I smiled at Patrolman P., took the beads off the mirror and then handed them to him as a gift, explaining at the same time that they were a gift to me from a beloved swami and that I felt it only right to pass them along to him.

He smiled at me, his eyes were twinkly, and I could tell he was happy to only serve me with a ‘mild’ offense. He refused my gift and we said goodbye.

Om shanti, peace to all beings.

ps.  I put them back a few miles down the road.  🙂

Back from Kripalu…….

Back from Kripalu…….

swami kripalu….where I do volunteer work at least three times a year.  This trip I worked as a facilitator and hatha yoga teacher.  The program was called the Inner Quest Intensive and I have been a part of this amazing ‘production’ since ’99.  Here’s a post I wrote after another such trip about 5 years ago.

The world really needs this program.  Those of us who facilitate transformation and healing for others know this.   I am completely filled with love, gratitude, and kindness once again as I continue to live and teach yoga.

and, totally excited to promote and deliver an: The Outer Quest Intensive©, an experiential journey with transformational possibilities.  Using your natal chart as a launchpad we’ll journey thru the solar system with an intention of  expanding our self-awareness and self-knowledge. Interested in knowing more, like where, when, and how?  Contact me at idafae@gmail.com.