AstrologerCoach: New Moon/SuperMoon in Virgo, Sept. 2020 — Assess the Quality of your Life!

Astrologer Coach: Sonja Francis

8h  · The New Moon is also the best time to set some powerful intentions for this month’s Moon cycle. Intentions are best done soon after the New Moon becomes exact — and definitely not during a Moon void of course phase. So this month, the best and most potent time to set intentions would be between 7:00am and 7:42am today (Sept. 17th); and then again, from 2:56pm today until 7:00am on Saturday, Sept. 19th (New York-time).

New Moon/SuperMoon in Virgo, Sept. 2020– Assess the Quality of your Life!

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* New Moon/SuperMoon in 25º of Virgo (exact on Sept. 17th, 2020 at 7am EDT) 4:37
* What is a SuperMoon? 0:24 * Lots of planets in Earth-signs 2:15 * Four planets stationing (exalted, louder): Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, & Pluto 4:03 * New Moon in Virgo trines Saturn & Pluto in Capricorn (currently exalted, and still Retrograde until Sept. 29th & Oct. 4th) 11:21 * New Moon squares the Moon Nodes in Gemini/Sagittarius 18:10 * New Moon quincunxes Mars in Aries (currently exalted, and already Retrograde since Sept. 9th) 22:18 * Mercury (ruler of Virgo) currently in Libra makes a Square to Jupiter in Capricorn (currently exalted, no longer Retrograde since Sept. 12th) 26:03 * Mercury also makes a Quincunx to Neptune in Pisces 28:28 * Venus in Leo makes a Square to Uranus in Taurus 31:28
* To sum it all up for this Super New Moon 35:38
* Best and most potent time for setting Intentions 44:07

Do you have an Ascendant (or any personal planets) in 23-27 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini or Sagittarius? 40:32

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Jenny Schiltz: Galactic Council on Righteous Anger

Recently I was working with the Galactic Council and we started talking about everything that was going on in our world and the topic turned to righteous anger. I wanted to share it with each of you as I know that emotions are running high

“Righteous anger is an important function on earth right now. Humanity, particularly the spiritual and religious communities have been taught that anger is wrong and harmful. We say to you that unexpressed anger is harmful, for it builds within and then becomes twisted within the framework of the mind, where it is then unleashed as a weapon.

 

To feel outrage and anger over world events is normal and in fact necessary if one would like to experience the full potential of their incarnation (full scope of human emotions). One can feel anger and sorrow and yet react and create from a space of love and neutrality. You have been taught that this is not possible, but we will tell you that nothing is further from the truth.

 

Your emotions are your guide. If one feels outrage and anger they should ask themselves why they are feeling this way. In the case of oppression on your planet, righteous anger is appropriate. We then ask you what are you going to do about it? Will you let the emotion of righteous anger make you feel small or less spiritual? Or will you allow the outrage to move you into the creation of what is true and just for all?

 

Often times the fire of righteous anger is needed for great change. Allow it to burn away the programming of oppression and division. Not only in the world around you, but within yourself as well. As each one of you have been oppressed in some form in this and other lives, and you have also been the oppressor. Allow the anger that you feel for those who have experienced oppression also lead you to forgiveness for all that have oppressed another whether it was in conscious awareness or not.

 

From the space of love and understanding comes a clarity of what can be done to change what is, not only within self but in your world. Allow righteous anger to move you into the space of forgiveness for self and others. Into deeper love and compassion for the human experience. By holding love and compassion for all you can then move into the void and create from a space that benefits all.”

 

When is anger not righteous?

 

Anger is dangerous when it is used as a weapon against another or used to not take responsibility for your role. In this manner anger leads to victimhood and not empowerment. Likewise, if one were to deny themselves the feeling of righteous anger they are also denying themselves the opportunity to heal and make great change within their lives.

 

The righteous path of anger will always lead you back to yourself, to heal what lies within so that you become a clear conduit and connection for the creation of the new. Know that there will be those that will be uncomfortable with righteous anger, yet it is in the uncomfortableness that the greatest shift takes place.”

 

It is more important than ever for us to own all of our emotions and not allow the idea of what spirituality “should” look like keep us from being real. By not accepting ourselves fully, the good, the bad, the ugly, we actually feed a persona instead of walking in our authenticity. In simple terms BE YOU! You are needed for your unique contribution and light. Sending you all lots of love and calming energy. Thank you to all who share this work.

Love,  Jenny

 

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London Real: DR. RASHID BUTTAR: THE CORONAVIRUS AGENDA – WHAT THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW (+ more videos in comments)

DR. RASHID BUTTAR: THE CORONAVIRUS AGENDA – WHAT THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW

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March 2020 Tarot Reading | All Horoscope Signs | Messages From The Spirit World – Tarot Forecast+ Are Our Smartphones Radioactive?

March 2020 Tarot Reading | All Horoscope Signs | Messages From The Spirit World – Tarot Forecast

 
Feb 27, 2020
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Tarot messages from the Spirit World/The Other Side, channelled by psychic, medium Sasha Bonasin for all twelve horoscope signs for the month of MARCH 2020.

March will indeed be very important when it comes to something that was on our mind for a while but only now we will realise the true/real importance when it comes to it.

On another hand the time has come to end the patterns that we repeat that don’t serve our growth forward. Once we let go of the patterns, there will be brand new paths waiting to open. March is an absolutely PERFECT time to release what exists in stress, we don’t need it where we are going.

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Mike Quinsey’s Higher Self Message, July 06, 2018

Mike Quinsey’s Higher Self Message, July 06, 2018

How long is it before you advance into the promised future and experience the many benefits that have been spoken about, it depends very much on you. At present the conditions upon Earth are deteriorating and a solution does not seem to be coming. Yet the answers are known, and it is only a matter of time before a wave of expectation resulting from what is approaching lifts up the people. Certainly many sources have been tirelessly working to get things moving, so that an announcement can be made to keep you in the picture, and encourage a more acceptable outlook.

You are still experiencing the result of the old energies, but they are slowly being dispersed and the souls involved are being lifted up in consciousness. It is no longer necessary to dwell upon past events that have proved to be negative, and it is far better to enjoy the thoughts of coming changes that will prove to be far more beneficial than previously. No one wishes you to continue experiencing the troubles and traumas of the past, and in fact it is essential that you help the new energy to be fully established upon Earth. You will find it hard to make visible progress but by persevering you will eventually see results.

There are no shortcuts to success but hard work will undoubtedly bring you results. All around you there is an awakening to the responsibilities that you have to look after the Earth. In many respects the problems have reached dangerous levels, and the need for correcting them is yours to work out. However, once you indicate your intention to put things right there are legions of helpers waiting to assist you, but you must make the initial move to change things before help can be given. Certainly there is a movement amongst you to create groups capable of initiating moves towards putting things into good order. Whilst they will improve with the upliftment of the vibrations, you must start to think “New Age” and help the upliftment of Humanity.

Movements in the right direction will come with the acceptance of all other Human Beings regardless of colour or religion, and the creation of a worldwide network of help. There are currently too many differences between you all, and it is time to set them apart and encourage all that is beneficial to the whole. Help will come to you from some surprising sources and it will help speed up the changes. In the meantime there are inventions about to be released that will enhance your quality of life. In real terms you have been held back for such a long time and almost been stuck in a time warp. However, everything is slowly changing and you have yet to see the beneficial changes that are ready to be introduced that will greatly lift you up.

The major changes that are needed relate to the appointment of those who have the experience and right intentions to move Humanity into a new era. It will be one of fairness, charity and consideration for all those who have suffered under the old regime. What was acceptable previously has no place with the new ways of cooperation and sympathy that will address the inequality that exists at present. You are One Human Race and working together will achieve great things that will speedily lift you into the New Age.

There are suggestions that the timing of events is at hand, and as things are developing, the time for Ascension is drawing nearer and ready to bring in an instant change. It is possible because as soon as the “old” is cleared away the “New” is ready to be manifested, and with help it can be established in a relatively short time. There are certainly mammoth tasks involved, but with ET technology and assistance, advancement will be miraculous as judged by your existing abilities. The size of the tasks may appear very daunting and overwhelming, but with help you will be surprised if not amazed at how quickly they can be carried out. So do not allow yourselves to become morose or disheartened, as on a higher level all is proceeding well.

There are many of you who subconsciously sense that great and welcome changes are coming, and instead of spreading gloom are as you would say “upbeat and confident” where the future is concerned. For eons of time it has been known that the last Age would most likely end in success instead of failure as has occurred for the previous end of cycles. Be assured that you have earned the success that is coming to you, and you will not have to wait too long to begin to see the first signs of it. Project positive vibrations for the future and the sooner it will come into being.

You could say that having reached rock bottom, there is nowhere to go now except back up again. However, having dropped to the depths of darkness that are holding you back it will nevertheless become apparent to you, that it is now time to rebel against that which is not of the Light. Not only that, turf out those who have assisted the dark Ones for personal benefit, as they in no way represent the people or their ambitions for freedom, and free speech. You are not exceptional in your needs, but the United States as a very large country of huge wealth and potential you should be able to ensure that your monies are well spent on you, and not to further the causes of the dark Ones, who have redirected your wealth to cover their covert activities. Once the truth is really recognised there will be a great uprising and the people will demand and obtain the changes they need. Remember, that your thoughts are powerful and collectively you can get things done. Do not be swayed by false promises and question whatever is placed before you, and bear in mind that the whole world is in the process of change and it is all leading to Ascension.

As you rise up into the higher vibrations you will find less and less disharmony, and eventually that it cannot exist at all. The new energy is powerful and of a high vibration and in the course of time souls of a lower vibration will be unable to exist in it. So automatically you will find yourselves with like souls, and it is such conditions that have often been described as Paradise. It is your future to continue evolving, and move into the higher levels of Light whilst at the same time raising your own levels of awareness. Eventually you will become a totally evolved soul with a full set of chakras. You will have powers beyond your present imagination and also have the power of creation, but through your evolution will be able to handle them correctly along with the attributes of Universal Love. This is what to expect way into your future, and as each lesson is learnt you grow more in spirituality and understanding.

I leave you with love and blessings, and may the Light brighten your days and path to completion. This message comes through my Higher Self, my God Self, and every soul has the same internal connection with God.

In Love and Light.

Mike Quinsey.

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You are such a treasure to others and most of all to yourself,

for in being a treasure to yourself, you are that to others.

Mike Quinsey Message, January 26, 2018

It seems apparent that the battle by the dark Ones to retain some kind of power on the Earth reached new levels when they attempted to destroy Hawaii and Japan. However, their nuclear devices were stopped from operating in accordance with orders from the Forces of Light that control events on and off the Earth. Certainly great numbers of people who have been working against those of Earth, have been arrested and placed where they can no longer cause trouble. It is a mopping up exercise that will eventually make the dark Ones incapable of interfering with the changes that have placed the Earth on a path of Light, to freedom and abundance. Much is in place ready to go ahead once the orders are given, and even now the activities of the dark Ones are being curtailed to lessen their ability to cause delay.

Matters cannot revert to events as they were prior to the marker of 2012, those times have now passed and it can no longer go back to what was normal in that old cycle. You are well into the new cycle and now have the full backing of the Forces of Light, and matters will continue to progress for the betterment of all. Outwardly the world is in turmoil but as you will begin to see, much that is being done behind the scenes is preparing the way for a giant step forward into the New Age. Your patience will be well rewarded, and before long you should see the first signs of welcome changes that are associated with the establishment of a peaceful nation, that has the wellbeing of the people at heart. It has been planned well in advance and all over the world new innovations wait for the opportunity to be introduced. It will be a time when the negative forces have been subdued and unable to stop the intended changes taking place.

Every soul that is of the Light is contributing to the progress being made, by keeping positive and spreading the Light and Love. It is the most powerful force in the Universe and cannot be stopped or delayed any longer. Already the vibrations have started to noticeably increase and as they do so, it has the effect of lessening the power of the negative energies. There is clearly much of it that is remaining in those countries that have been the center of war, but with the help of your ET friends it can be cleansed and replaced with tranquility and peaceful energies. Since you passed 2012 such help is now permissible, and you will be surprised at how quickly beneficial changes can be brought about.

Although you may not yet see the many obvious changes in conditions, be assured that help has already been given such as the end to chemtrails. The pollution of the Seas and Oceans are another big challenge, but you must first show your positive intent to take responsible action by starting your own cleansing. Once started we can then assist you and have technologies that far surpass those that you have, and that will take no real time at all to restore the quality and cleanliness of your waters. Marine life and vegetation will quickly return in the ideal conditions, and from thereon Man will be expected to put a stop to any actions that have previously been the cause of excessive pollution and damage. Restoration will become the order of the day both at sea and on land, that have been ravaged over many years of disregard for the consequences of your actions.

Mother Earth can deal with much that needs to be done to eventually restore her to the original pristine condition. However, you could say that everything must start with you, as you take back your responsibility for the upkeep of the Earth and the welfare of all life forms. Certainly as time elapses you will be expected to demonstrate your intent to help restore the Earth to its pristine condition. Meantime focus on how you visualize the changes will take place and what the results will be. Do not worry about the size of the task as you will be helped, and with goodwill will achieve remarkable results much quicker than you now realise or anticipate. The times of needing to struggle to achieve results are over, and help awaits you in whatever changes you propose that are in the interests of Mother Earth and its people. As you must know much awaits you that has been held back by the dark Ones, but can now start to be released.

Much responsibility now lies with those of you that are Lightworkers, you could say that your time has come to use the talents and knowledge you have to lift up the people of Earth. The old energies still have some effects but are slowly losing their power to stop continuing progress into the New Age. The stage is set and throughout the Earth many souls are answering the wake up call to use their knowledge and ability to start bringing the “new” into being. If only you had our panoramic view of what was taking place, you would know that great things were on the way to manifesting that you have long awaited.

Patience has long been called for as a number of promised changes are still waiting to manifest. You the people of Earth are living in a time warp deliberately intended to keep you in a state of need, having been denied the benefit of changes that would have greatly uplifted your quality of life. However, you will not be denied and many innovations are ready to be introduced at short notice. There is so much lined up that will immediately overcome the many problems you have to deal with on a daily basis. In time your quality of life will change beyond recognition, and already the old restrictions are beginning to be removed. Mankind must be restructured so that there is more equality between you all, and that does mean a fair sharing of the greatest wealth that is enjoyed by such a small percentage of the people. Be assured that your needs are well known and the disproportionate distribution of wealth will be changed in due course.

There are many advanced civilisations that follow your progress, but until now have not been allowed to “interfere” with your freewill, but since you passed the marker matters have changed. Help for you is to be allowed within certain boundaries, as and when circumstances permit. Changes will not be allowed to overwhelm you and will be fed in sensibly at an appropriate time. However, the changes will come, and no interference will be tolerated and each time the whole operation will be monitored by those who oversee activities upon the Earth. Your freewill is still paramount but even so it will not be allowed to delay or prevent that which has already been agreed as necessary for the advancement of Humankind.

I leave you with love and blessings, and may the Light brighten your days and path to completion. This message comes through my Higher Self.

In Love and Light.

Mike Quinsey.

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Selacia: Catalyze Your Rebirth with Your Voice

Catalyze Your Rebirth with Your Voice

As we continue to sit in unprecedented moments of intensity, it’s important to remember the potential this year offers for a grand rebirth. Energies are in play to help catalyze this – on both a personal and societal level. Continue reading to discover what this means for you and humanity at large.Let’s begin with humanity, now in a chaotic dance of rapid change. The overall direction of this change is positive, progressive, and evolutionary. The majority of people on Earth, if they were asked right now, want this – the sooner the better. Numbers count, especially when people are empowered, educated, and find their voices to speak up about what matters.

There is a challenge, however. The dance of change now underway is not one cohesive whole. People are at different stages of awakening.

Many are caught up in an emotional tide of fear. Lots of people feel threatened by changes put in place since the 1960s. It’s like they are stuck in time.

Other people, especially the wealthy, often fight progressive reforms simply to preserve their elite status. They choose to ignore the true interconnection of all beings and the importance of a sustainable planet. Their greed blinds them to what is decent and good.

Humanity Rises Up in Cities Across the World

On January 21, a significant energetic referendum on goodness, decency and human rights took place in cities around the world. What started as a women’s march on Washington after the January 20 US inauguration grew into a global event with millions of participants. Rallies and marches happened across America, with hundreds of sister marches in key countries including Canada, Mexico, Argentina, India, the U.K., France, Italy, Australia, and New Zealand.

Why did they march? It was more than a protest against the new US president. It’s wasn’t just about women’s rights. Women – and some men – marched to protest discrimination, hate, bigotry, racism, religious intolerance, and the marginalization of women and other groups. They marched to bring public attention to far-right legislative agendas involving a roll back in freedoms and a reversal of progress made on climate and world peace. They marched to put a spotlight on authoritarian leaderships that use hate and militarized control to silence discontent. They protested a normalization of speech that is demeaning and dehumanizing.

Your Role

The causes stirring people to march are as old as humanity itself. Most likely you fought for freedoms in more than one lifetime. Deep within you is a soul memory of human oppression as well as a deep determined longing to balance the scales. That memory is being triggered now. Listen to it.

Your Rebirth

Your rebirth is catalyzed when you listen deeply to your inner voice. There is wisdom inside of you that knows where you need to position yourself next. It has a vision of what your life will look like and feel like when you step into your new skin. This vision is quantum and bold. It most likely involves using your voice in a new way. An expansion is needed.

You can consciously and actively create your own rebirth. Most likely you already have signs of some new directions, new interests, and new perspectives about your role. These signs may be subtle, but they are there.

5 Questions to Ask Now

For clarity about your next steps and where your voice is needed, ask these questions now.

(1) What am I observing or doing that stirs my passion?
(2) How can I fight back when I learn about government plans to roll back freedoms and reverse progress on climate and social change?
(3) What are the societal issues that matter to me as a soul?
(4) What is a key life skill that I can teach others?
(5) How can I use my voice as a divine changemaker to open people to love and kindness?

What is important to remember now is that regardless of where you live or what you do for a living, you have a specific role to play in birthing a more loving world. What that role looks like will shift over time, so don’t get too attached to outer appearances. Focus more on your larger soul purpose and invite spirit to show you the next steps at each phase.

On Being Your Authentic Self, Part II: The Path of the Sun | The Druid’s Garden

On Being Your Authentic Self, Part II:
The Path of the Sun | The Druid’s Garden
November 27, 2016

In last week’s post, I explored the importance of finding ways of living and being your authentic self.  I suggested that there were at least three pathways to doing this work: the Path of the Moon, which is the quiet path of living one’s principles and showing the what while not necessarily discussing the spiritual path or why.  This is a good path for those who feel restricted in sharing their spiritual path fully in various contexts of their lives; there are ways of still living one’s path while being very implicit about your inner spiritual life.

The path of the sun!

The path of the sun!

Today, I’ll explore the second path, shining path of the sun.  The sun path refers to us being more being more out and open, more explicit, about the fact that you are a druid—radiating this truth in the world like the sun on a warm summer day. As I mentioned last week, both paths are useful to understand to do the work of integrating our outer life with our inner spiritual paths, but both are inherently different kinds of work.  Today, we stand in the summer sun!

 

Path of the Sun: Coming Out and Radiating Brightly

I think there is this idea that certain people are out, radiantly and brilliantly so, all the time and in every way.  And while it is true that some folks manage this, the degree to which druids are “out” and open about who they are seems to fall along a wide spectrum. Few of us are blessed with having life circumstances that allow us to be out fully and unabashedly, at least here in the USA. Truthfully, I know of very few druids or who are out and free in every aspect of their lives. Rather, I have found that being out is a matter of degrees. Maybe you are out to a select group of friends, or your family, but still “in” at your workplace. Or maybe you are out and publicly known in the broader druid community, but life in a conservative community means you keep your beliefs quiet around town. Or maybe you feel you cannot be out at all, you are new to the path or exploring on your own and aren’t ready to defend practices you are still beginning to understanding (if so, my post last week will be relevant to your position).  In acknowledging this spectrum, I acknowledge that each of us must find our own place along these paths.

 

I think that it is, however, important that at least some of us take up the “path of the sun” work.  Given that, I’m now going describe two reasons for doing so.

 

The Path of the Sun for the sake of the land.  At many points of human history, spiritual considerations of the land and its sacredness were are the forefront of public discussions.   Here in the USA today, and in many other parts of the world, this is no longer the case. And I think that being more open, and public, about the sacredness of the land can help us, on a larger scale, shift things. I spoke about this extensively in my “earth ambassadors” post from last year: how the land needs ambassadors, full of knowledge and rooted in a sacred relationship, to speak.

 

Being hidden about our spiritual practices means we are not able to engage in dialogue, discussion, and action on issues of the land from a directly sacred and spiritual perspective. I believe that druids and other earth-centered folks are in a good position to do this work and to support others who are already doing this work, but only if we are confident and able to find our voices, as humans and as druids. This directly leads me to my next point.

 

The Path of the Sun for the sake of our traditions. I remember being present for the dialogue between Philip Carr-Gom (Chosen Chief of OBOD) and John Michael Greer (then Grand Archdruid of AODA) on the differences between druidry in the USA and druidry in the UK (you can listen to this discussion on Druidcast (Episodes 68 and 69)). Philip shared stories of how UK druids are now consulted to bless forests and parks and to be a source of spiritual guidance when it came to human-land interactions. Meanwhile, in the USA, we have far, far to go. I think so many folks stay quiet about druidry here, at least, for fear of rejection, intolerance, or misunderstanding on the part of others. And this is a serious, real fear. I recently spoke to several women at a Samhain celebration here and town who shared stories of how a small magical shop had bricks thrown through the windows and quiet threats–it forced the shopkeepers to close. Certainly, being out and open as I now am, I do wonder and worry about these challenges myself.

 

Sunflowers embrace the sun!

Sunflowers embrace the sun!

However, for those who are seriously considering how far down the Path of the Sun they want to travel , I want to point to the many social justice movements of the 20th and 21st century for perspective. It was only through being willing to be “out” and fight for equality that we finally saw tremendous social progress on a number of issues (racism, gay rights, Native American rights, and so on).  Now, I’m not saying that any of these issues are “solved” but we have certainly seen major social movement over a period of time because of the willingness of people who belong to these groups, and their allies, to stand and be seen and heard. I believe education and advocacy on the part of druids and other earth-based spiritual paths, like other social movements, is a necessary part of the work we need to do in the world. I believe that if at least some of us are not willing to be out, we face a longer, harder road towards social acceptance, which harms us all.  Cultivating broader public understanding is a really critical issue on a number of levels; and the lack of understanding affects all of us in different ways.  I’ve spoken to many folks who have difficulty getting their holidays off (with employers seeing them as not legitimate), to folks not able to wear symbols of their faith while other religious groups can, to issues of child custody in court cases based on religion.

 

One key issue, in my mind, in addition to those I listed above has to do with the core spiritual practices and experiences that we have as druids. Many of the spiritual experiences that are validated, acceptable, and important in our druid community are considered to be mental health issues by the broader establishment. And yet, many spiritual traditions all over the world see and hear spirit communication; its just the present one I happen to live in that utterly rejects this and instead sees it as pathology or worse. Some good writing on this topic has come out recently from the shamanic community, but it is very far from the mainstream. There’s a reason I don’t talk about my work with plant spirits to most people (although people certainly know I’m a druid, but they don’t know the details about what I do).

 

The Path of the Sun for the sake of ourselves. Beyond the reasons that we might engage in the Path of the SUn for the sake of the land and our traditions, there’s also the inner reason: living an authentic life.  Its important for many of us to feel like we can be open and accepted for who we are, that we can be free to express our spiritual paths and not stay hidden. When I think about this issue, I’m reminded of the line from the Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby song, where Eleanor Rigby “Waits at the window, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door, Who is it for?”  Many of us don’t want to have a face that we wear that we keep in the jar by the door (or at the edge of our grove, the edge of the spiritual gathering, wherever that edge is).  I think this is particularly important to those of us in certain Western cultures where the current of individualism runs strong.  For certain people, being anything less than exactly who we are, title and all, resonates with an inauthenticity that we cannot abide.  For these kinds of people, the Path of the Sun represents the only possible path towards wholeness of body, mind, heart, and soul.

 

Walking the Path of the Sun

Now that we’ve established some reasons we might want to walk the Path of the Sun, how can we do so?  This next section offers some suggestions for the process of coming into the sun.  I’m drawing a lot from my own experience here, and the slow movement I had from being completely quiet, to moving into the Path of the Moon, and later, into the Sun in many aspects of my life.

Coming out is a process. Coming out is not a single process that you do one time and then is resolved; rather, it is a continual process that we are always cultivating. Timing is so critical with this coming out process; once conception of time in ancient Rome was “kairos” which loosely translates as the ‘right time and right place’ for a particular thing to occur.  And so, as we think about coming out more fully into the sun, we need to attend to the process and timing of doing so.

I’ll also add that a lot of the process of coming out as a druid comes down to issues of our own identity: who we are, who we want to be, and who we socially construct with others (the face in the jar by the door). This has a lot to do with how comfortable we sit in our skin, and how that comfort changes based on the contexts in which we find ourselves. Each moment, we make decisions about who we are going to be, how we share our path with others, to come into the sunlight and shine. Each time we have an opportunity, we choose to act upon it or not to act upon it.

 

Having Key Conversations. One of the ways I believe that the sun path is most effective is in key conversations with individuals who are open to such conversation. I like to show people that I’m not some [enter your stereotype here] fringe lunatic with a crazy spiritual path, but rather a typical person with a job, a home, and the same hopes and dreams and fears as everyone else.  This is why timing is so important; I rarely come out and say “I’m a druid” in big bold statements when I first meet people, but I also don’t keep it a secret.  I find that its easier to have conversations with people after they get to know you just as a person, rather than someone who has a weird spiritual path (which may color their whole perception of you).

 

Once those conversations are ready to take place, framing and definitions are critical. Most people completely and totally lack a frame of reference of who we are and what we do. If I tell people “druid” they think I might be a World of Warcraft character. The questions immediately begin, “Is that like a witch or something?” “Is that some kind of video game thing?” or “Are you a pagan?”  The person asking the questions is trying to fitting new experiences and concepts into their previous sets of knowledge and experience bases (it is how we learn as humans).  This means that, if you come out or someone finds out you are a druid, the very first thing they try to do is to fit who you are and your path into their existing knowledge base. However: it is extremely likely that they don’t have an existing knowledge base that is an accurate representation. Simply allowing them to fit what they understand of my path into their own knowledge base encourages and perpetuates ignorance.This is because we don’t have spiritual paths or practices that are well understood; recognizing that people’s existing knowledge base either is absent, or it is present but insufficient, is an important part of moving beyond stereotypical or absent knowledge bases.

 

The Path of Druidry

The Path of Druidry

And here’s the thing: if you don’t fill this void, then imagination, representations on television, or their own limited experiences are likely to do so.  So, if you see this happening, you can say, “hey, I know you are trying to fit this within your knowledge base, but the truth is most people don’t have any idea of what I do. But if you are interested, I’m happy to sit down with you over a cup of tea and talk to you about it so that you do understand it more. And I’m delighted to hear more about your path and what you do.” This kind of strategy can lead to productive conversations and mutual understanding.

 

Of course, key conversations often begin with those closest to us. I remember the difficulty of the first key conversations I had with my own mother, whom I am very close to. They occurred just after I felt empowered by placing the Awen stone in my office as my first act of “coming out” (see last week’s post). I sat her down deep in the woods and spoke to her about my spiritual path; I showed the parallels between her own Christian path (which involves praying in the woods each day and seeing signs from God in nature) and my own path (which involves meditating in the woods each day and seeing signs from the spirits in nature). She was very quiet, and afterwards, did not say anything for a long time. I didn’t push it, and finally, nearly two years later, I asked her if she had anything to say. She looked at me and said, “I didn’t say anything because I didn’t know what to say.” After that, the ice was broke and I was able to occasionally share things with her that had seemed impossible before. Still, even into my second decade as a druid, the conversations with my family are still challenging, and the process of coming out to my family, still presents a lot of difficulty because of the issues I raise above–people think they know all there is to know about me, without ever having a single conversation about me, and it is difficult to find how to fill that gap.


The Quick Statement.
A second part of the key conversations, I believe, is what I will call the “30 second elevator pitch.”  Imagine yourself in an elevator, and someone comes up to you and says, “Hey, I heard that you are a druid.  What exactly does that mean?” I have found it helpful to prepare–and practice–a 30 second or less response to this question. This will require massive oversimplification. But a simple, yet accurate description is better than a winding and complex description that is hard for someone to wrap their heads around. Mine goes something like this:

“Druidry is a path of nature-based spirituality that honors the seasons, works with the cycles of nature, and finds spiritual guidance rooted in the living earth. Modern druidry is inspired by the Ancient Druids who were astronomers, philosophers, teachers, and diviners. The modern druid movement is about four centuries old and includes practitioners from all over the world, including many here in the US.”

Feel free to use this statement or adapt it for your own purposes. As someone who is fairly in the path of the sun at this point, I find myself using something like this more often than you might think!

 

Community Work.  IF you have a group of people (grove, study group, seed group, etc), it is often helpful to do the Path of the Sun work together.  One of the things a group of us did while I was still living in Michigan was to pair up with the only other non-Christian group in the area (a Buddhist group) and do some joint community service work. We let ourselves be known and open, and showed those in the community that we were part of it, there to do good work for the benefit of all. That worked really well, and I’d encourage it for others!

 

Hemlocks in the Path of the Sun

Hemlocks in the Path of the Sun


Other ways to shine.
The Path of the Sun is often one of seeing opportunities and choosing to take them on, rather than deciding to retreat.  For example, some NPR folks found my blog post on Hemlock a few years ago and asked me to talk about the Hemlock tree mythology.  I was terrified of this and thought, “Oh no! People will know I’m a druid!  Nobody actually reads the stuff I write on this blog!” After some meditation and reflection, decided to go ahead and do it.  It ended up being a great deal of fun and I think I was able to share my knowledge of the trees with a much wider audience.  This is all to say that each of us can find our own opportunities to shine and do our own Path of the Sun work in the world.

 

Closing Thoughts. Whether you take the path of the moon or the path of the sun, or perhaps walk the dawn or dusk that sits between them, the ultimate goal of this two-part series is to explore how we can be more authentic and comfortable in our own skins. Because that’s part of what a spiritual path is meant to do–to illuminate the path before us, to show us the ways to go and the ways not to go, and to help us feel like more fully actualized, vibrant people.  May you walk your path, sun, moon, dawn, dusk, or otherwise, in peace and fulfillment.

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Real Authenticity!

WHOA! This woman is PISSED!

“We need to clean house, and I hope everybody understands the seriousness of this. If We the People do not get behind Democracy harder than we ever have in our entire lives, we’re not going to have ANY Democracy!” ~ “What I remember is that by the thousands, and hundreds of thousands, in THIS election, people were wiped off the voter rolls, people’s affiliation with prime party was swept to another. Did we hear the leaders of the Democratic Party, including President Obama, get out and try to do anything about it? NO, we’ve got to STOP it, we’ve got to clean house! We’ve gotta DEMAND it!”.

Then she goes off on Hillary, and into an emotional rant about why she is there, “My heart’s broken! I want my grandchildren to live in a Democracy! I’m 63 years old, I could be out working in my garden! I could be crotcheting for the next little great-grandchild I got coming! But I’m here because I really want this earth to LIVE! I want my babies to live, I want my grandchildren to go to college, and I don’t give a shit who says we can’t afford it, because this is about priority spending! Are the people that pull that lever for Hillary Clinton going to be able to answer one question…Is is OK for people to cheat and lie? Is that what we want in the the most important office in our world? Because that’s what you’re going to be voting for!”

She brought me near to tears with her passion!

Choosing Freedom

Do what you love, even if it is not for a living, take those first steps in the direction of your dreams, and don’t postpone joy. ~PB

Multidimensional Ocean

Chosing freedom
I chose freedom of thought, or body and spirit over politics, bullying, intimidation, exploitation, abuse, management policy which are hardly better than prostitution in some workplace, as mine sadly.
I chose to do as I chose with my body, soul, and spirit, over being used by a system which does not understand me,nor my physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs!
I chose to spend my time, and especially my free time in love, joy and happiness, rather on stressing over paperwork, and working from home day and night…
I chose to work that I enjoy, over doing work that some burocrat, or worse.. a politician decided that needed to be done.
I chose to live my life in love and truth, rather than hypocrisie, fear, company politics and lies.
I chose to be true to myself, and to my morals, rather than being false to my managers.

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