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This week the Magician Inspiration is Bob Dylan, so iconic, he is often referred to as the ‘voice of the 60's.' There are too many reasons to name, why he is my choice, but one is certainly how his lyrics, ‘the times they are a changin' seem to be haunting even 50 years later and perfect for this week.

So many people have been feeling stuck in their lives recently. Have you noticed this in yourself or in others? The Cosmic Dance is about to give us more than enough motivation and inspiration to pull ourselves out of any sense of being stagnant or in a funk. The New Moon in Gemini on Thursday is a curious one not satisfied with sitting still. We can expect this to be a lunar cycle of restlessness, a desire to connect with others and learn new things, and a time of movement. Although I don't want to lower our expectations for achievement, Gemini's strong suit is sampling, tasting, and experiencing as many things as possible. It's very likely we will feel torn by multiple options and have a hard time prioritizing. Maybe we should just give into this feeling; learn and try as much as possible!

During this New Moon, Gemini's ruling planet Mercury will be making an awkward connection to Saturn, the planet that often represents the status quo and establishment. There are other planetary connections that demand an adjustment or change of some kind. One thing for sure, we shouldn't feel stuck or bored. Life will be moving very quickly and in new directions. Although life moves in repeating patterns, it's likely the journey ahead will contain new elements and it will be a mistake to assume we know the territory. The call of this New Moon is to explore, be open-minded, and make no assumptions.

Astrologer Raven Kaldera named this the ‘Little Brother' Moon and compares the energy to Dennis the Menace. We can probably safely assume the mischievousness and prying mindset of Dennis will provoke more than a few revelations. There was a line in the comic book where Mr. Wilson asks Dennis why he asks so many questions and he responds, ‘I'm only six and I don't know very much stuff yet.' This attitude of what Buddha called ‘student mind' will keep us sailing through this lunar cycle and bring worthwhile rewards to those willing to try new things.

Until next week, let go and wear loose clothes.

Magician Inspiration for the Week:


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Magician Inspiration for the Week: American musician, poet, songwriter and cultural icon, Bob Dylan, born May 24, 1941. Among other interesting things in his chart, I am fascinated by Mercury the planet of thinking and communication in conflict with Neptune the planet of dreams. Anytime you place the very mental planet of Mercury in context to Neptune which is associated with transcendence, dreams, illusions, drugs, alcohol, anesthesia and altered states of consciousness, you are bound to get interesting results!

The Square between the two can prove to be very problematic creating mental confusion and delusions, but can also allow the individual to transcend the usual restrictions of rational thought! Other musicians with a similar aspect between Mercury and Neptune include Jim Morrison, Miles Davis, and Henry Mancini. And as you can imagine some other individuals of more infamous reputation seemed to succumb to the challenging nature of this combination. (They shall remain nameless, at least for the purposes of this column, but you may find them as subjects for discussion in classes on 12Academy!)

I'll leave you with this quote that seems particularly inspired by Mercury in aspect to Neptune, ‘I really was never any more than what I was -a folk musician who gazed into the gray mist with tear-blinded eyes and made up songs that floated in a luminous haze.' (Bob Dylan)


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MONDAY
MAY 22
MOON in ARIES

Moon Void of Course 11:59 pm (PDT) – 5:33 am Tuesday morning

Bob Dylan's lyrics ‘the times they are a changin' are perfect for the kickoff to the week, as the Moon in headstrong Aries connects with six planets, most of which are also in the initiating Cardinal signs (Venus and Uranus in Aries, Jupiter in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn). When the Moon mixes it up with many planets, the emotional tone can be very topsy-turvy and seem to change from one moment to the next. Ordinarily the Aries Moon can be impulsive all on its own; however this close to the end of the lunar cycle (New Moon on Thursday) we can turn recent experiences into wisdom and be more thoughtful verses impulsive.

The lunar square to Pluto mid-day could incite some intense reactions and responses; however, positive lunar connections to both Mars and Saturn a bit later help turn cathartic situations into healing opportunities. The Moon's late night connection to stimulating Uranus can do more than keep us awake and up late. Intuition and inspiration is flowing and creative breakthroughs are definitely on the agenda.

Collectively today's energy can be both provocative and supportive and will be a boon to anyone who is feeling stuck or stagnant in their life, and willing to challenge the status quo.

Daily Muse: I change during the course of a day. I wake and I'm one person, and when I go to sleep I know for certain I'm somebody else. (Bob Dylan born May 24, 1941)

TUESDAY
MAY 23
MOON in ARIES/TAURUS

Moon enters Taurus 5:33 am (PDT)

The Moon enters grounded Taurus in early morning. Unlike yesterday, moods should be relatively stable and people slow to anger or respond zealously. There is a feeling of ‘been there, done that' keeping us on an even keel throughout the day. Somebody could try to pick a fight, but chances are the momentum will not be behind them. Moderation and common sense should prevail. When the Moon meets up with Mercury the messenger in early evening we may find actions speak louder than words. Taurus is a very physical sign and responds positively to love expressed through the five senses. Want to make an impression? Save your words and say it with flowers, a relaxed meal with friends and family, a couples' massage or a quiet walk holding hands.

Daily Muse: I'm always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up in the morning and see the light. (Miles Davis born May 26, 1926)

Today on Simpletales Please join me for a look at the Cosmic Dance and the New Moon in Gemini. You will find me live on 12Radio.com at 10 am Pacific – 1 Eastern.

WEDNESDAY
MAY 24
MOON in TAURUS

Moon Void of Course 12:08 pm (PDT) – 5:15 am Thursday morning

On this last day in the lunar cycle we might be feeling a bit nostalgic and wondering what's worth keeping in our lives and what's worth giving the boot. The Sun in Gemini would prefer to keep things light, but a pesky out-of-sorts connection to Pluto, the planet of transformation and elimination, is appealing to the darker twin with the more pessimistic disposition.

A more positive outlook towards the future is found as the Moon makes an upbeat and realistic alignment with Pluto. We may feel sentimental about the past and about people and things leaving our lives or don't seem to be part of our future. However, we are inspired to value what is really important and to act accordingly. We feel empowered to make decisions that will move us forward in positive directions. We might be thinking too about our children and/or our legacy. What are we accomplishing and what are we leaving behind? What imprint are we leaving on the world?

Daily Muse: If I have given my all and still do not win, I haven't lost. Others might remember winning or losing; I remember the journey. (Apolo Anton Ohno born May 22, 1982)

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THURSDAY
MAY 25
NEW MOON in GEMINI

Moon enters Gemini 5:15 am (PDT)
New Moon 5º Gemini 12:44 pm (PDT)

Hours before the New Moon in Gemini, Venus the planet of love and values gets into a standoff with Pluto. Venus in Aries is coming into her own and is standing firm about what she wants and isn't in a compromising mood. Pluto in Capricorn is equally obstinate; and there lies the problem. This comes at a pivotal time, in that we spent weeks in a Venus retrograde re-evaluating just what it is we want. For some people and relationships this will be a turning point of deciding to ‘blow this Popsicle stand'. The party is over and they know in their gut it's time to move on. Others will recognize adjustments, maybe significant ones, are needed but will stand their ground and dig into making whatever changes are necessary. This can also apply to relationships other than between people. It can include decisions about our finances and about both material and non-tangible stuff we value.

The New Moon in Gemini this afternoon is a curious one not satisfied with sitting still. We can expect this to be a lunar cycle of restlessness, a desire to connect with others and learn new things, and a time of movement. Although I don't want to lower our expectations for achievement, Gemini's strong suit is sampling, tasting, and experiencing as many things as possible. It's very likely we will feel torn by multiple options and have a hard time prioritizing. Maybe we should just give into this feeling; learn and try as much as possible!

During this New Moon, Gemini's ruling planet Mercury will be making an awkward connection to Saturn, the planet that often represents the status quo and establishment. There are other planetary connections that demand an adjustment or change of some kind. One thing for sure, we shouldn't feel stuck or bored. Life will be moving very quickly and in new directions. Although life moves in repeating patterns, it's likely the journey ahead will contain new elements and it will be a mistake to assume we know the territory. The call of this New Moon is to explore, be open-minded, and make no assumptions.

Astrologer Raven Kaldera named this the ‘Little Brother' Moon and compares the energy to Dennis the Menace. We can probably safely assume the mischievousness and prying mindset of Dennis will provoke more than a few revelations. There was a line in the comic book where Mr. Wilson asks Dennis why he asks so many questions and he responds, ‘I'm only six and I don't know very much stuff yet.' This attitude of what Buddha called ‘student mind' will keep us sailing through this lunar cycle and bring worthwhile rewards to those willing to try new things.

Daily Muse: It's not about standing still and becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating they have to be about change… Sometimes it takes a long time to sound like yourself. (Miles Davis born May 26, 1926)

FRIDAY
MAY 26
MOON in GEMINI

Moon Void of Course 11:18 pm (PDT) – 4:24 am (Saturday morning)

Similar to Monday there are six planets interacting with the Moon; but, there is a big difference. This is New Moon energy and in the sign of inquisitive, light-hearted and out-spoken Gemini. We may find we our emotions are not being triggered in the same way as earlier in the week. Instead, our minds are engaged and we are enjoying the procession of interesting, entertaining, perplexing or even annoying people and events crossing our paths. All is educational and can be a valuable part of our day.

Daily Muse: A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do… The picture you have in your mind of what you're about will come true. (Bob Dylan)

SATURDAY
MAY 27
MOON in GEMINI/CANCER

Moon enters Cancer 4:24 am (PDT)

While we were sleeping, the Moon slipped into its home sign of sensitive Cancer. It makes no planetary connections today but that doesn't mean all is quiet. Thinking Mercury in stable Taurus is conflicting with Jupiter in Libra. Beware of feeling unappreciated. Despite our altruistic efforts or what we consider to be self-less acts, we may still feel like others are not giving us our due reward. This could be financial or be in terms of affection, respect, or feelings of loyalty or faithfulness. Try to be no-strings attached with donations or assistance.

If you feel like your own needs are not being met, make an extra effort to be independent and don't rely on others who may or may not come through for you in the way you want and expect. This doesn't mean it will never happen; but as long as your happiness and satisfaction are dependent on another's behavior, you are bound to be unhappy, at least some of the time.

Daily Muse: History is moving pretty quickly these days and the heroes and villains keep on changing parts. (Ian Fleming, Casino Royale)

SUNDAY
MAY 28
MOON in CANCER

Moon Void of Course 11:59 pm (PDT) – 5:12 am Monday morning

Despite a very sweet and empathetic connection between Mercury and Neptune inspiring compassionate dreams and gentle interactions, throughout the day the energy is building toward a powerful confrontation between Mars and Saturn tonight. Also the Moon once again interacts with six planets creating undercurrents, riptides, and emotional high tide warnings.

Energetic Mars and disciplined Saturn make great partners when they are on the same side; but when they are not, there can be fireworks. Mars in Gemini can be erratic and unfocused; a quality orderly Saturn detests. The cosmic fight might be reflected in our lives as a disagreement with someone over how something should be done. Or perhaps we feel guilty or conflicted about a desire to be spontaneous and carefree when we believe we should be focused and directed. It's also likely we feel torn between two priorities and are having a hard time deciding on one or on a plan to accomplish both.

Being honest with ourselves about our feelings is a good first step. Success is not as far away as we might suspect. A little competition or conflict can be a good thing especially when it helps us identify weaknesses and make improvements. Be willing to take time for reflection and establish a reasonable plan and pace. Plans now that are delayed or even torn apart and reconstructed will be better than before.

Daily Muse: Never say 'no' to adventures. Always say 'yes,' otherwise you'll lead a very dull life. (Ian Fleming, born May 28, 1908)



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I awoke this morning with this question on my mind, “What is life?”

It's not like there's an easy answer to this question, if there's an answer at all. I've been pondering it all day and have come to a couple of conclusions which may or may not be correct.

Beyond the basic common-sense answer, life is being, there's much more to it. After all, my desk is, therefore it is being, but it certainly isn't alive. Thank goodness for that, for if it were, it would shake itself like a wet dog to get all the stuff off of it. There's much more to this.

Is life a scientific definition? It certainly is, but that's not the answer I'm looking for. I'm searching for something different, a point of view that might show me a new way of looking at things, understanding myself, or the Universe in general.

I've tried on a few thoughts to start my journey.

Life is an opportunity. Someone once told me that the odds of being born a human aren't all that special, after all, there are over 7 billion of us on the planet. True enough, but out of those 7 billion, there is only one of you and only one of me. I'd say those are pretty spectacular odds. You are you, and I am me, and that fact gives us opportunities that come to us because we live. We can either take advantage of these opportunities or not; it's entirely up to us. I choose to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible that make sense to me and are within my ability to take on. I choose not to take advantage of some opportunities, as they don't serve me. It would seem that along with opportunities, life is also choices.

Life is attitude. I know of people who live in a state of woeful thinking. They blame others for their problems and can't drag themselves out of the shadows. Some of these good souls live unhappily, pointing at others for the lack of joy in their lives. They dwell on, and in, the negative. In the process, they can bring other people down to their level of hurt, which doesn't make life better for anybody. Some of us view life as a wonderful place to be, limited in its time-frame, but filled with excitement and endless wonders to be grasped, embraced and honored. It seems that attitude is vital to quality in life.

Life is about decisions. One of my favorite movies is, “Harvey,” starring Jimmy Stewart. He plays an eccentric, but lovable fellow named Elwood P Dowd, who just happens to have a friend who is an invisible, 6 foot 3 1/2 inch tall rabbit named Harvey. Harvey happens to be a Pooka, a Welsh Nature Spirit, often mischievous and usually donning an animal's form. Elwood lives his life being kind to people, drinking a wee bit too much and hanging out with Harvey. If you've never seen the film, by all means do so as quickly as possible. I hope you'll think of me when you do so, for I love Elwood's simple views on life. At one point Elwood, on the verge of being committed to a mental institution, tells the doctor in charge that his mother once told him, “In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.” He goes on to say, “Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.”

With all the unpleasant strangeness going on in the world, much of it seeming to infect everyday society, life is really about decisions. I've made mine.

What is life? Well, I'm not really sure, but I do know that in this world we can be oh so smart, as well as oh so pleasant, if you play it right. You may quote me.

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

 

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Kristi's Quill
Kristi Brower
Making the Pieces Fit

My spirituality seems to be a puzzle that got mixed up with a couple of other puzzles. Some of the pieces fit and some of them don't, no matter how hard I try to push them together. I have been doing some evaluating of my beliefs lately. I am changing and growing all the time, just like everyone else. The puzzle of my religion of birth is slowly being replaced by my chosen beliefs, but occasionally I find a piece that was shoved into a spot, but it doesn't actually belong there, the pattern doesn't match.

For a long time now I bristle at the word “God.” I don't feel connected to that word and for me it does not represent the divine at all. Lately I have been doing some soul searching about what I do feel connected to, does it replace God? and does it really need to? In my estimation God was created by people, to explain things we don't understand and to control. I don't believe that there is a benevolent/vengeful/fatherly/punishing being in the sky watching over us and controlling our lives. What I see when I connect to a person to read their energy is in direct contradiction to this.

I think the concept of God lets us off the hook of responsibility for ourselves. If some divine being is actually controlling our lives then whatever happens isn't really our responsibility. In my reality we are much more powerful than that. The divine isn't something out there, separate from us, it is us. We all carry it, it is who we truly are.

When I look at someone, really look at them, I see a light inside of them that is divine energy, I see it in every single living being I have ever met. We can try to cover it, snuff it out or hide from it, but it remains.

I don't care if other people use the word God, but it isn't in my vocabulary anymore. I think I am going to use “The Divine” from now on. At least until I find another puzzle piece that doesn't fit.

Join me for my radio show, Kindred Spirits on 12radio.com, on Monday 5/22 at 10 am PST. Let's talk about our spiritual puzzles and how to throw out the pieces that don't fit.

Much love,

Kristi

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Weekly Grace

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WEEKLY TRANSITS:
May 20- May 27

SUN IN GEMINI - The Do'er

We are still “Cusping” between the Taurus/ Gemini energy, but I am really excited about this! This is the time when the Manifestations blow through, and realizations about how and what to do next. Divine Guidance and Power uplift us!

Taurus Season has a lot to do with birthing (when the cow's breed with the bulls), and that can be exhilarating AND terrifying. We know something needs to be achieved, or birthed, but we don't definitively know how it will happen. And this Taurus season was no exception.

It's so important, when working with Manifestation, to respect the Law of Detachment in humility. Our conscious minds can only pull from our subconscious-- what we have already, or are currently, experiencing. There really is no Book of Imagination and Possibility to pull from, other than our “Higher Mind”, Spirit, Guides, etc. And in a way, it's very helpful to remember the old saying, “God is either everything or Nothing”. Meaning, we either trust, or we don't. We either have faith that the thing we have yet to experience IS out there and IS possible for us, because we ARE deserving and unconditionally loved, or we simply are not.

When I tap into someone's experience, nothing is ever without the Light. Source is ALWAYS there, putting out their hand, and bringing us Home. It reminds me of college courses on Philosophy, “Is there an Abstract Existence to our Realm? Is there Pure Beauty, Pure Love, even Pure Destiny?”

I couldn't possibly claim to know the answer to this riddle, but when I am working with someone's Guides, they reveal to me the Spirit Realm and their hopes for your existence. Otherwise known as, the Highest Existence… and kinda give me a road map of where you are in regards to the matter. They show me an internally compass of intelligence that helps to reveal whether or not something is authentically you. And whenever a situation IS in alignment with your most Authentic Self, it feels like a Blessing. It's “Grace”; easy, organic, beautiful and a blessing.

Now, please don't get me wrong! There are INFINITE possibilities for your existence, and you wholly have free will to experience all your Desires!!! But, could it be possible, that your Guides want what you want…. Maybe even more than you do? I do believe it is always the same Outcome, OR BETTER, just different means sometimes to get there. And that is where we are. Between Taurus- Gemini, that energy is being lifted up from Earth (Earth, Taurus) into a Higher Perspective (Air, Gemini) so we can set our sights on Infinite Possibility, but the genuine guarantee that your deepest desires ARE obtainable. Sometimes, we are just blocked from seeing the light or allowing good things to come into our life.

We all know that chaotic, fearful feeling, “But I can make this work! It must! I can't wait around FOREVER!!!” This season, we are reminded, good things are worth waiting for!!! AND, maybe the bigger lesson, is what we think is our OPTIMAL EXISTENCE… Might be the very LEAST our Guides could Provide us with. This is some Matrix, blue or red pill, times… Do you want to continue going for what you believe, based on your past experiences, is the best Reality? Or do you dare to Surrender to a Force that is REAL? (Cue the Dramatic Music).

MOONS ON FLEEK

Saturday Moon will still be in Pisces, a water sign. And not too surprisingly, depending on your astrology, you might emotionally feel very called or emotional for no exact reason. It's the sensation of wanting to dive deep into a body of water, or be refreshed. Maybe there is some lingering issue that you are hoping to move past emotionally- and that's exactly what the healing love of Pisces can do! It can be a hurricane of emotions, if not honored, OR it can be a soothing rain that wipes all the heartache and pain away. It refreshes the soul, and allows us to re-identify the issue as a reflection of our true desires, that are calling us “Home”.

Sunday, we move into ARIES, that has us FIRED UP emotionally to get things moving. Sun- Tues are great day for accomplishments; just remember, to keep balance. We are all learning to not be too Veruka from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, “But Daddy! I want it NOW!” Consistency goes further than Binge Activities or Overworking Yourself. ESPECIALLY when you make it fun!

The Moon then quickly and swiftly moves through Taurus, Gemini and ends on Saturday with Cancer. Also, Mercury is now direct, which is HUGE. It's all this forward motion, stepping into Gemini (sign of expression) of making your life a genuine expression of WHO YOU ARE. It's a time to follow your Happiness rather than the Road that Appears to Lead you there.

Overall, it's going to be a Positive and Forward Motion week. The challenge will be stepping back, and seeing things from a Higher Perspective. Law of Detachment. And doing what is best for YOU... regardless of outside opinion.... right now!!! Please, have fun! You deserve it!


Wishing you all Love & Courage, Grace

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