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Some weeks there is just more to talk about than others. This is one of those weeks when it’s somewhat difficult to decide what astrological highlights might be more important than others. I will give you the scoop and let you decide for yourself.

If you are a Libra or a real go-getter (influenced by the cardinal signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn) you might jump right to the big one, the Autumnal Equinox on Friday when the Sun enters Libra. Astrologically speaking, this is a big deal. The Equinox represents not just a new Solar Cycle, but the change of seasons. Forgive me for the sports analogy, but this is similar to the four quarters of a football game. Regardless of what has already taken place in the first half, (Spring and Summer), we come out of the halftime break, refreshed and hopefully inspired and ready to tackle this second half of the year. I’m asking myself ‘What break?’ I seemed to have missed the powwow in the locker room! Between hurricanes and earthquakes my attention was distracted.

Continuing on this train of thought, if we are pleased with our progress we want to continue the winning streak; if not, we’re motivated to implement a new plan. There is nothing like the Sun moving into an initiating Cardinal sign like Libra to get our juices flowing and motivation stirring. Although delays and challenges are not necessarily forgotten, we are more willing to focus on new strategies for winning rather than re-hashing losing efforts. Go team!

But we can’t leave the summer completely behind since Venus enters Virgo on Tuesday evening and the New Moon on Tuesday night is also in this idealistic and pragmatic sign. How can Virgo be both you ask? Virgo is one of four mutable signs which also include Gemini, Sagittarius and Pisces. They share the characteristic of being dual in nature often embracing qualities of both the eternal divine and the mortal human side of life.

The mythological roots of Virgo remind us she is indeed a goddess with high hopes, even perfectionist expectations. Ruled by mental Mercury she aspires to all that she can think and imagine. Her burden to bear is recognizing the physical limitations imposed by her earth element. On planet earth we can dream we can fly, but if we intend to get off the ground we’ll need a strategy for manifestation. Keep in mind Venus and the New Moon kickoff new cycles in this sign and Mercury and Mars are also in Virgo. The energy of this sign is still very much in our day-to-day consciousness.

We embrace the duality of Virgo also in her penchant for privacy and alone time while also placing a high value on being of service in the world. We will all feel this dichotomy over the next month as the Lunar cycle unfolds and Venus, the planet of values encourages us to respond to both inner directives. We can expect love and creativity to be more practical than whimsical, even as the Sun in Libra fills our heads with romantic dreams.

Follow your curiosity with learning something new or diving deeper into a project or study. Be emotionally available to others while being willing to set appropriate boundaries. Guard your alone time as a fundamental key to functioning at your best and highest level. Be open to new and unusual ideas. Don’t dismiss them until you have thoroughly explored their possibilities. Embrace change and evolution and expect miracles. Life is an adventure, for sure. Go team!

Until next week, let go and wear loose clothes.


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MONDAY
SEPTEMBER 18
MOON in VIRGO

The Moon in Virgo is torn between two prime directives today; spending time alone for thinking, processing and planning or playing a supporting role to the agendas, needs, and desires of family, friends, and others. This close to the end of the lunar cycle, our preference is leaning toward having some time to ourselves and our own agendas. However, with the Moon’s hookup with both Mars and Mercury I have a feeling we are going to have a hard time saying ‘no’ to our loved ones or to a boss, co-worker, or client.

The Sun in detailed and service oriented Virgo opposes Chiron in mystical Pisces which could increase our discomfort if we choose our own agenda over the requests of others. There is no perfect answer here other than to be conscious of our intentions. Sacrificing for others and prioritizing their needs is only a detriment if we do it with the wrong attitude. Resentment or feeling victimized or doing something to win approval all fall into this category. It will probably be best if we can carve out some time for ourselves AND be available to those who need us. If we can give cleanly with no strings attached, our relationships can be improved significantly. When we practice the philosophy of ‘All for one and one for all’ we might be surprised at the effectiveness of our actions and the feelings of emotional reward. If it worked for the Three Musketeers, it’s likely to work for us.

Tonight the organized Virgo Moon is tested by an opposition to dreamy Neptune in its home sign of Pisces. Instead of looking for answers with a rational thought process, check in with your intuition. Movie night with a partner or mate is a nice option for winding down. A glass of wine might be a nice touch too, but don’t overdo under the influence of this Neptunian energy or you could find yourself adrift in a sea of confusion or fall asleep before the movie’s surprise ending.

Daily Muse: Watch out for each other. Love everyone and forgive everyone, including yourself. Forgive your anger. Forgive your guilt. Your shame. Your sadness. Embrace and open up your love, your joy, your truth, and most especially your heart. (Jim Henson born September 24, 1936)


TUESDAY
SEPTEMBER 19
MOON in VIRGO

Moon Void of Course 10:30 pm (PDT) – 3:06 am Wednesday morning
Venus enters Virgo 6:15 pm (PDT)
New Moon 27 Virgo 10:30 pm (PDT)

Venus shares centers stage with the New Moon tonight as both highlight the gifts and strengths of idealistic and pragmatic Virgo. How can it be both you ask? Virgo is one of four mutable signs which also include Gemini, Sagittarius and Pisces. They share the characteristic of being dual in nature often embracing qualities of both the eternal divine and the mortal human side of life. The mythological roots of Virgo remind us she is indeed a goddess with high hopes, even perfectionist expectations. Ruled by mental Mercury she aspires to all that she can think and imagine. Her burden to bear is recognizing the physical limitations imposed by her earth element. On planet earth we can dream we can fly, but if we intend to get off the ground we’ll need more than big ideas. That’s where strategic Mercury comes to the rescue with ideas galore and a never ending curiosity for putting pieces of information together.

We recognize the duality of Virgo also in her penchant for privacy and alone time while also placing a high value on being of service in the world. We will all feel this dichotomy over the next month as the Lunar cycle unfolds and Venus, the planet of values encourages us to embrace both inner directives. We can expect love and creativity to be more practical than whimsical.

Tonight’s New Moon incorporates the messages of two significant planetary interactions. Mercury’s opposition to dreamy Neptune underscores the need for integration of opposites and valuing both the rational mind and the imagination. The Sun and Moon’s cranky inconjunct to rebellious Uranus says this is a time for new and progressive answers, not just a rehashing of old ideas.

Follow your curiosity with learning something new or diving deeper into a project or study. Be emotionally available to others while being willing to set appropriate boundaries. Guard your alone time as a fundamental key to functioning at your best and highest level. Be open to new and unusual ideas. Don’t dismiss them until you have thoroughly explored their possibilities.

Daily Muse: This world is full of conflicts and full of things that cannot be reconciled. But there are moments when we can... reconcile and embrace the whole mess, and that's what I mean by 'Hallelujah.' (Leonard Cohen born September 21, 1934)

Today on Simpletales so much to explore, so little time. We’ll dive deeper into the New Moon in Virgo and look forward to the kickoff of a new Astrological Quarter with the Autumnal Equinox (Sun enters Libra) Friday of this week. Please join me for a discussion and channeled messages for each sign 10 am Pacific – 1 Eastern on 12Radio.com.

WEDNESDAY
SEPTEMBER 20
MOON in VIRGO/LIBRA

Moon enters Libra 3:06 am (PDT)

In some ways we come out swinging today. We are inspired by the hopes and dreams of the New Moon, but now the emotional energy is under the influence of fair-minded Libra. Emotionally we may be like Don Quixote willing to grab our swords and jump on the back of a white charger in search of wrongs that need to be righted, or scores that need to be settled. This can be an unsettling place to land for sure.

With the revolutionary voice of Uranus in Aries provoking the Sun early this morning, we may feel more than a little agitated and are not easily appeased with traditional ways and routine answers. We may find final resolution today to issues that have plagued us, especially if we are willing to be objective. Even if we don’t like all the answers that are revealed, our willingness to release and move on where warranted can lead to some welcome fresh starts.

Daily Muse: As you start traveling down that road of life, remember this: There are never enough comfort stops. The places you're going to are never on the map. And once you get that map out, you won't be able to re-fold it no matter how smart you are. So forget the map, roll down the windows, and whenever you can pull over and have a picnic with a pig. And if you can help it, never fly as cargo. (Jim Henson born September 24, 1936)

THURSDAY
SEPTEMBER 21
MOON in LIBRA

Fairness and justice can be hot topics with the Moon in Libra. Despite Libra’s disdain for bad manners, yelling and screaming, and general chaos, this Venus-ruled sign can be known for throwing a fit or going to extremes if that’s what it takes to re-balance the scales. Don’t be surprised if circumstances upset your personal apple cart today and you feel the need to do what it takes to get things back on track. As you notice the apples rolling downhill try not to panic. Patience and a moment taken to consider your options will be better than frantic action. Don’t compound the mistakes by acting rashly.

In love and relationships, and interactions of all kinds attempt to see the shades of gray and not just the perfect ideal. People and events may not live up to our expectations, but that doesn’t mean we have to throw the baby out with the bathwater, as they say. Don’t compromise your standards, but be willing to hold them up for re-evaluation.

Daily Muse: Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues. (F. Scott Fitzgerald born September 24, 1896)

FRIDAY
SEPTEMBER 22
MOON in LIBRA / SCORPIO

Moon Void of Course 6:04 am (PDT) – 10:40 am
Sun enters Libra 1:02 pm (PDT)

We may be strongly attached to our beliefs and ideas this morning as the Moon slides into psychological Scorpio and thinking Mercury in grounded Virgo aligns with Scorpio’s dark and powerful ruler, Pluto. We may be slow to change our minds but we will eventually come around. Pluto is the planet of elimination and transformation. As obstacles and challenges are carefully reviewed, we are more willing to ‘see the light’ and make any necessary adjustments and changes to move ahead with our agenda and plans.

In early afternoon, the Sun enters cardinal Libra signaling the Autumnal Equinox and the change of seasons. Similar to a football game, we are ready to start a new quarter and may even come back from a time-out with a new energy and purpose. Although delays and challenges are not necessarily forgotten, we are more willing to focus on new strategies for winning rather than re-hashing losing efforts. Go team!

Daily Muse: Losing your way on a journey is unfortunate. But, losing your reason for the journey is a fate more cruel. (H.G. Wells born September 21, 1866)

 

SATURDAY
SEPTEMBER 23
MOON in SCORPIO

The emotional energy dives deep today with the intense desire of the Scorpio Moon to know the truth. A confrontational aspect between expansive Jupiter and healing Chiron challenges us to take a second look at where we give our power away or feel unworthy especially in our relationships. Where are we afraid we will be disenfranchised if we speak our minds? Where do we feel abandoned, undeserving or less than? Willingness to look at our vulnerabilities and triggers can help us challenge, heal and release them. Sometimes just saying something out loud is enough to help us see how unrealistic or silly a perception appears. On a good day we may even laugh! Let this be a good day.

Daily Muse: People think that I must be a very strange person. This is not correct. I have the heart of a small boy. It is in a glass jar on my desk. (Stephen King born September 21, 1947)

SUNDAY
SEPTEMBER 24
MOON in SCORPIO/SAGITTARIUS

Moon Void of Course 12:33 am (PDT) – 9:01 pm

Some answers may elude us today, and particularly those related to progress on a personal or professional goal. But don’t be too quick to judge results as Mars the planet of action opposes Neptune the planet of illusions and dreams. I can imagine Mars in detailed Virgo with a spreadsheet and carefully calculated to do list. It all seems so simple and obvious; plan your work and work your plan.

Imaginative Neptune in its creative home sign of Pisces can throw a metaphysical wrench into the works. Nothing is ever as simple or as clear cut as it first appears. But we can pull out a miracle if we are willing to question our first impressions. Are we willing to look below the surface? Willing to consider an alternate plan or a different interpretation for what we are seeing? We don’t have to let the nebulous energy of Neptune derail our carefully detailed plans, but if we don’t allow for new information we might get exactly what we planned, but not what we want.

This energy can also foster excuses for not getting to work or connecting with our passion. It’s easy to get distracted by ideas or tasks that frankly are not worth our time or attention. We might get into a critical mode, if it’s not perfect, it’s not worth doing. Oppositions require integration and patience not adoption of extremes measures, at least not usually. I’ll leave that up to you to figure out how to get motivated and take action.

Daily Muse: Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work…Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. (Stephen King, born September 21, 1947)



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My first foray into higher education was attending a junior college in California. I was 18 years old, idealistic and ready to take on the world. It was a remarkable time to be young. Watergate was in full swing, the Vietnam War had just ended, the Summer of Love was a bittersweet wisp within us, and the world seemed uncertain but promising.

As I’d walk on campus, I’d often see a slender, young fellow with curly hair, beard, mustache, wearing a cape, while striding quickly from here to there. It wasn’t the cape that made him stand out; it was the clothespin he wore on his nose that piqued my curiosity. One day, even though I had a pretty good idea why he wore it, I begged his pardon and asked. He gave me a smile that led me to believe that I might not like the answer. With dramatic flair, he raised his hand to his nose, pinched the pin to open it, removed it with a flourish, sniffed in my direction, closed his eyes as if savoring the aroma of a fine wine, grimaced, opened his eyes widely and said, “PU!” He then replaced the clothespin, wincing at its grip, gave me what can only be called a superior smirk and strode off.

I was offended, but had no idea of what to say. Very few moments have left me as speechless as that encounter.

Diogenes of Athens lived in a ceramic jar on the streets. He derided the greatest thinkers of the day, walked the streets with a lantern, which he shoved into people’s faces, claiming he was looking for an honest man. He’d peer into their eyes, then turn away with utter disgust, his followers basking in his antics. It’s probable that the word “cynic” came from his life on the streets, its derivation from the ancient Greek word for dog. Frankly, I’ve never met a cynical dog; I doubt I ever will. However, Mr. Clothespin was a cynic, through and through.

One day, a friend of mine asked if I wanted to stop by an old friend’s house for a small gathering, “of the minds.” Off we went to a suburban home that belonged to, you guessed it, Mr. Clothespin’s parents. His name was Donald. (Please don’t read anything into this. It was his name.) Donald was holding court amongst a group of about a dozen young men and women, displaying his massive intellect, reciting poetry, Shakespeare, and hurling insults, much to the delight of his followers. He made a big deal about my friend’s entrance, while completely ignoring me, which suited me fine.

Eventually, he turned his gaze upon me. Cringing, I realized he remembered me. Donald had no clothespin today, but he did have a sharp tongue and a snarky disposition. He began cross-examining me, mocking my answers and completely getting on my nerves. He then sniffed in my direction, much to the delight of his friends, made a face and whispered, “PU.” That was it. I’d had quite enough. I stood up and growled, “I have one question for you.” He grinned and looked around the room as if looking for the “Thumbs Down” signal, ready to eviscerate me and said, “Oh so droll! Be my guest!” (Who talks like that?) I snarled, “if you’re so damn smart, why aren’t you going to Stanford, or Berkeley?”

In an instant, smug became rage, which devolved into anguish. Tears began streaming down his beet-red face. He shrieked, “F*** YOU!” flipped me the bird with both hands, and fled from the room, wailing loudly. His closest disciples chased after him, hoping to soothe him. Fearing a tar and feathering, I asked my friend to get me out of there, which he gladly did.

It’s easy to be cynical. It’s easy to think that the way we see the world is the right one. It’s simple to think that we have the answers and that others are wrong, that people are bad and the world is a mess. It’s easy to be bigoted, to act based on assumptions or convenience. It’s safer not to try to be compassionate, or feel the pain of others, especially when we can see all the answers for ourselves through the lens of cynicism. All of this is simple, but it’s a lie that hides the fragility, pain and fear beneath, and it’s ignorant.

If you have any doubt about the basic good of people and the importance of friends and family, look around you. The world is good. People are good. Generosity is real. When we’re down, there are those who rush in to help and pick us up. When we’re uncertain, there are those who soothe and reassure. Politics dissolve, personal beliefs are set aside when aid is needed. This is love. This is humanity. The world is a glorious place, filled with incredible, unselfish, loving people. I see it every day.

You know you who you are.

I’m grateful and blessed to live in this world with all of you and to call you my family. I thank you for making it what it is, and it’s an honor to be on this journey with you.

Until next week, I wish you all peace and love.

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Guru or Teacher

I have been studying, teaching, healing and reading professionally in the metaphysical community for 20 years. I have watched as gurus rise and fall. Fame and devotion develop and fall away. We are human and life is challenging, sometimes we want someone to tell us how to live. In the moment it seems easier, someone who knows what’s right can tell me what to do, so much easier than figuring it out for myself, right? The problem is, gurus are human too. They change, they fail, they disappoint because they are fallible, just like everyone else.

As a teacher I see my role as much different than a guru. I share my knowledge and skill, I encourage independent thinking and practice, I inspire and empower. I am human and admit that all the time as a teacher. I share my perspective, knowing that it is my own and may not

Over the last 10 years I have taught hundreds of people to do Reiki with a system I developed out of my own practice and experience. I have watched my students develop into all different kinds of healers, using my system as a jumping off point. It is one of my greatest personal joys to watch those I have taught succeed and develop on their own. I know my job is to give my students the tools to develop themselves and then get out of the way so they can grow.

Here are a few things to consider regarding gurus and teachers:

-Teachers inspire independent thinking, gurus expect compliance with the rules they create

-Teachers and students have a mutually respectful relationship, gurus expect devotion

-Teachers encourage intelligent conversation and are not afraid of respectful disagreement, gurus expect total submission to their beliefs

-Teachers see themselves as human and fallible, gurus see themselves in a deity-like status

-Teachers develop expertise in specific areas, gurus see themselves as all knowing

-Teachers expect their students to move on, gurus hang on tightly which limits growth

-Teachers admit when they are wrong, gurus mask mistakes with accusations of lack of belief/devotion

I love new age thought and metaphysics because it is so freeing. I left mainstream religion for many reasons, but a big reason was that I was tired of being told what to believe. I want to work that out for myself, and I want everyone else to have the same chance. Consider that you are the expert on your own life, you know what it best for you. Seek out teachers who help you learn and grow in your own direction.

Join me for Kindred Spirits on 12radio.com on Monday, 9/17 at 10 am PST for a discussion on teachers and gurus.

Much love,
Kristi

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APOCALYPTIC

Let's take a ride in our time machine- the date is December 31st, 1999.
Tomorrow, the Millennium. An end of an era.

Not only was this a significant moment in our history, but it represented so much more than a numerical change. It represented the fear present in the previous generation regarding our dependency on technology, computers and this newfound realm of "the Internet".

Looking back, it's as if the world changed overnight. If you reviewed the films of the 80s/90s/2000s, they're loaded with fears and apprehension about this new Age of Technology and possible repercussions. The possibility of complete technological overtake. Think The Terminator, Saturn 3, IRobot, Ex Machina (some more modern).... or basically anything with Arnold Schwarzenegger. The end of humanity threatened by the uproar in technology.

This is normal. Change begets fear, even when we are excited for it.

Now think back to January 1st, 2000. Besides a few Blockbuster computer glitches, nothing really happened. Nothing catastrophic, world changing or fulfilling the revelations the news reported.

Now come back to today. September 16th, 2017. We've accepted the Modern Age of Technology and countered this with an uptake in Spiritual Advancement. The internet has become a Universe, not just available for porn sites and email, but for all interests. People have made careers out of it, been educated or can even meet the love of their life. We took this changing world and have made the most of it, even as we continue to adjust and make improvements.

2017 REVELATIONS

9/11 marked another end to an era. The rise of films regarding War rose, as did the interest in Aliens, UFOs and all spiritual matters. In any challenging situation, there will always be a contradictory ?response. Then came the utter obsession and infatuation with reality tv... why not? What better way to drown out fear than entertainment with the most mundane, human and subjective amusement?? #Kardashians

But in 2017, we find ourselves in another end to an era. With Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and the recent earthquake off the coast of Mexico- we all are feeling a bit helpless and intimidated by the looming prospect of Mother Nature's poweress. Adding fuel to the flame, we have political discontentment (across the board) and fear of biological weapons.

Book of Revelation supposedly predicts the Eclipse September 23;
heart palpitations worldwide!

Why do I bring this up? Because there's nothing new under the Sun.There will always be change, but we will always persevere. And things will never be worst than the past, nor are we headed for utter apocalyptic end. Sometimes the best predictor of the future is through analyzing the past... so what can we learn? History repeats. But we evolve.

If we can acknowledge the past as a "lesson", we can start a Bright New Future.

Prayers for everyone affected by these natural disasters, as well as everyone struggling right now. Virgo Season is pushing us... what we Reap this Season, we will Sow in the next. Be loving and compassionate to yourself, others and the world. What a difference that can make!

Unconditional Love & Support,
Grace

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