Harvest Moon

I don’t look up anymore.  I noticed that when I crossed my apartment courtyard the other morning to get my mail.  The first light was just coming through, but the sky was still dark enough to see the stars.  I remember because on that occasion I did look up. Just as the day was dawning, it dawned on me that I don’t look up at the sky anymore.  I blamed it on urban living: too many city lights to truly appreciate the night sky, but I suspect there is more to it than that.

When I was kid, you couldn’t stop me from stargazing. And I grew up in the Bronx, so there goes the ‘urban living’ excuse.  “Starlight, starbright, first star I see tonight,” I’d chant and make my magic wish.  And it wasn’t just gazing up at the night sky that consumed my evenings as a child.  I’d lie in the grass during the summer and watch the clouds travel across the sky catching a glimpse of a dog before it changed into a dragon.

No matter what is happening ‘down here,’ nature is ever constant. Oh sure the seasons change, the weather changes, even the constellations that are visible change, but whatever is going on in my life, or your life, doesn’t affect any of this.

I never realized how comforting that is.  I remember a PBS special from years ago featuring Audrey Hepburn. She was walking through a garden and said something that I remember to this day, “Whenever you’re feeling upset or sad (or words to that effect), go outside…” She knew.

Being outside and letting nature just ‘wash over you’ is its own kind of meditation. It connects you to that part of yourself that is bigger than yourself.  The simplicity of that moment when I stood alone and lifted my eyes above the fray of what I call ‘my life,’ was alchemical.  It instantly changed my mood and hence my day– for the better.

This morning, as I drove to work, I enjoyed the last of the full moon from the autumnal equinox of the other day. A Harvest Moon and it was magical……


The Cardinal T-Square of 2010 – An Update

Let’s take an accounting of how the cardinal T-square of 2010 has played out so far.  The biggest punch of this aspect, from late July into mid-August, is over because Mars is no longer part of the mix.  We still have Pluto squaring Uranus-Jupiter opposing Saturn.  Saturn, though, is beginning to move out of aspect now.

In my posting of July 7th,  I suggested that possible manifestations could be:

The Cardinal T-Square of 2010

More economical turmoil – we are still seeing this, but it’s a “more of the same”  kind of situation that we’ve been experiencing – nothing really new here, except that people are getting more exasperated. Some of us are definitely re-defining our financial ‘identities’ as well as our material attachments.  By the way, the financial meltdown began as Pluto entered the sign of Capricorn.

Natural disasters, such as more powerful earthquakes – there has been more earthquake activity during this period, though no very large quakes, except for the one in New Zealand earlier this month.  There was also the unprecedented flooding in Pakistan and reports of volcanic activity in Indonesia and Columbia.

One thing, however, that popped out at me that I hadn’t considered was the overturning of Prop 8 in California. This fits right into this T-Square. Quoting from my previous blog,   This T-square is in Cardinal signs, which include Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn suggesting an identity crisis of some sort. Whatever happens you can be sure that how we identify ourselves within the structure of society is going to be challenged.”

Every aspect of this T-Square was highlighted here:

Libra’s symbol is the scales representing balance and justice.  Libra squares Capricorn (where Pluto is residing right now) upsetting the way we’ve been identifying ourselves within the structure of society.  Also, these aspects occurred at what astrologers call ‘the Aries point,’ which thrusts whatever is happening out into the open in a very public way.  I feel that the overturning of Proposition 8 is a perfect manifestation of the themes suggested by the energies of this powerful astrological aspect.

One thing is for sure – I don’t think there is anyone that these energies haven’t touched. We are all blazing new trails for ourselves these days. Some of these trails may be external – new jobs, no jobs, new perspectives on the job. Some of these trails are internal – how do I define myself? If our identity is wrapped up in the material – what we do and what we have – then these energies will be difficult to handle. However, there is a great opportunity here to recognize what is truly important, real, and indestructible; the love we have in our lives. If we let the love in our lives direct our thoughts and actions, then we will have nothing to fear.

9/11 Remembered

Below is a link containing a poem I remember receiving after 9/11.  At the time, it was thought that this poem was written by Thich Nhat Hanh, but it was actually written by a couple who were inspired by Hanh’s writings. This poem has a new meaning for me now than it did when I first read it. Back then, it was consoling because the events of 9/11 were so traumatic, even though they didn’t touch me personally.  But now I am reminded that peace begins within one self.  As Gandhi said, we need to “…become the change we want to see in the world.”

Nine years later it still packs a punch…..


The Dalai Lama and “The Global Community”

To continue along the same vein as my last post, I would like everyone to take a moment and read the following message from the Dalai Lama. It addresses the path on which we, as citizens of the world (not just individual and separate nations), should direct our focus and attention in this new century. It speaks eloquently to the notion of interconnectedness, which is what non-dualism is all about….