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APRIL 21 thru APRIL 27

In a Course in Miracles we are asked, 'would you rather be right or be happy?' My Aquarian Moon certainly rebels at this question. Can't I have both? Recently I read a similar sentiment in a book that said, ‘would you rather be right or be rich?' It's written by multi-millionaire T. Harv Eker so I guess he must know what he's talking about!

Whether or not we understand the psychology behind it, we humans have a huge investment in being right. It's weeks like this one that challenge us to break down this idea which is really nothing more than a defense. How far will we go to protect the known and familiar and at what cost? When our choices and decisions are producing unsatisfying results are we willing to look at the roots instead of the spoiled fruits? We have extensive and long histories of looking at the effect instead of the cause. We treat the symptoms instead of the disease. This week, let's look a little deeper.

When there is a lot of tension at the cosmic dance – like this week with multiple squares and oppositions between planets in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) we have the opportunity to make some breakthroughs. Not to just blow off some steam but to really look at our attitudes, beliefs, behaviors and motivations. We have the very real opportunity to see the disconnection between our passions, desires and dreams and the ‘reality' of our lives.

The players on the field this week include Pluto the transformer and eliminator, Uranus the awakener, Jupiter the optimist and expander and Mars the planet of motivation and action. I know this must sound like a broken record for these characters have been sparring with each other for some time now. Last week Mercury the planet of thinking made the rounds and opened up some new avenues of thinking. (This week Mercury is a player too as it leaves Aries and moves into persevering Taurus, but let's leave that for a moment. Please read the daily for Wednesday for more details.)

This week is off to a volatile start with Uranus moving into a perfect square with Pluto on Monday. (Always think adjustment or change in direction when you hear ‘square'.) This is the 5th of 7 perfect squares between these two planets between 2012 and 2015. So the energy is not new, but each time they bump up against each other, a crack in our consciousness widens. We are able to see or feel something that previously was unknown or hidden. These little gems we are uncovering could be insights into patterns we've carried since childhood or maybe even from previous lifetimes. They might be a flash of creativity or the sparkle of a passion we have denied or ignored.

Adding to the commotion this week is Mars taking its turn activating the energy by squaring Jupiter and Pluto and opposing Uranus. This energy is extreme, selfish, headstrong, over-confident and very individualistic. But it has an interesting twist with Mars moving retrograde in Libra the sign of cooperation, collaboration, compromise and partnership. In conscious individuals (that includes us, doesn't it?) we can't help but see some of the lessons unfolding around us.

The biblical story of the two women both claiming to be a baby's mother comes to mind. When the king suggested cutting the baby in half, one woman agrees and the other surrenders her claim to the baby. Not too difficult to figure out which woman was the baby's true mother! Although I doubt our choices this week will be so extreme, we very likely will be faced with looking at the costs of individuality and acting as separatists. Just how effective is a strategy of ‘my way or no way?' ‘Cutting off our nose to spite our face' is a cliché that also comes to mind.

I'd like to say take a chill pill but I don't think it's going to be that easy. And, I truly believe if we consciously participate with these energies we will emerge as victors – perfecting our craft and changing our lives in some very positive and rewarding directions.

Be willing to ask yourself the hard questions. Listen for the answers. Be faithful to your desire for greater understanding and purpose in your life and steady in your devotion, even when you are unsure of your way. More information is forthcoming; the fog will lift and all will be made clear. Be patient and let the process unfold naturally, like fruit ripening on a tree. Let the light of your consciousness be a beacon to all of us on the path and a reminder, none of us is alone.

Until next week, let go and wear loose clothes.

This week on 12Radio, my friend and colleague, Oliver Guttorm Svendsen joins me on Tuesday for a different perspective on the profound changes rolling through the planet. I'm thinking we'll look at Oliver's astrology chart and ask him some very personal questions. No wait, he hasn't agreed to that! As an alternative, I suppose we can ask him to share some strategies like Affirmative Prayer for making positive changes in our lives. (Simpletales - Tuesday 11am Pacific – 2 Eastern)

On Friday, please join me for A Course In Miracles with C. A. Brooks for a look at one of the more revolutionary thought systems of this or any century. (8 am Pacific – 11 Eastern)

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MONDAY
APRIL 21
MOON IN CAPRICORN / AQUARIUS

Moon Void of Course 4:21 pm (PDT) – 9:18 pm

Consciousness is shifting on both a personal and global scale today as Uranus moves into a perfect square with Pluto. Uranus awakens us to areas of our lives that deserve and may be even crying out for revolution and transformation. Pluto is ready to help us eliminate the unnecessary distractions. I always picture Pluto in Capricorn as a backhoe. He may be moving and re-arranging the earth beneath our feet in what may at first appear to be a mess; but then we find the sparkle of treasures, waiting to be claimed and embraced. The transformations have long-term effects, even though today we may take only one small step.

A fortunate alignment between the Sun and optimistic Jupiter increases our faith in the process and instills a hopefulness that letting go of the familiar is not as scary as it may seem at first. The Moon in wise and pragmatic Capricorn reminds us to look carefully at the cost of our habits and behaviors. Are we getting a good return on our investment? Thoughts lead to behaviors and these actions lead to results. Are we happy with the results in our lives? If not, isn't it worth considering an alternative?

Daily Muse: The fool's not always he who takes the risk but he who clings to habits that distort. (Julia A. Turk)

TUESDAY
APRIL 22
MOON in AQUARIUS

Today the world celebrates Earth Day, an annual event broadening awareness of environmental issues. As you consider the messages from the cosmic dance for your own life, think too of the implications for your community and global family.

Last night the Moon pushed its way into rebellious Aquarius stirring up a little trouble with the Sun in pleasure-seeking Taurus. Getting a little too comfortable in our routine and habits can act like a tranquilizer sedating us and masking those thoughts or behaviors that have outlived their usefulness or even ones that are acting as saboteurs to our present and future happiness. We can be lulled into a false sense of security and the Moon in stimulating Aquarius is determined we not fall asleep at the wheel.

Mars the planet of action revolts against Jupiter the planet of expansion today. This energy is tempestuous, fearless and extreme. We may have a tendency to overextend ourselves and not know when to quit or say stop. Overconsumption particularly of sweets or pleasures is definitely on the agenda! On both a personal and global level we are warned against living only for today with no thought to how our actions may have negative implications for others or for tomorrow. Take a few breaths and keep reading.

This too is part of the overall theme of change through consciousness. Agitation, discomfort and even unhappiness can be powerful triggers for rooting out what is dead or unhealthy in our lives. Channel physical or emotional restlessness into a sport or physical activity. Use your feelings to look deeper into your passions and dreams and objectively decide to weed out the less than desirable elements that are siphoning your energy and resources. Renew your commitment to attitudes and behaviors that bring happiness today and nurture the roots of happiness for tomorrow.

(Ok I may sound like a hypocrite, as on a spiritual level we bow before the throne of ‘live in the moment'. But as long as we are spiritual beings having physical experiences, honoring ideas like investing instead of spending all our money, putting away some of the chocolate cake for tomorrow, and planting new trees are probably not bad ideas. But please, decide for yourself.)

Daily Muse: A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children. (John James Audubon)

Today on Simpletales, my friend and colleague Oliver Guttorm Svendsen joins forces with me to discuss the profound changes reverberating through our lives. Oliver is trained in the art of Affirmative Prayer. Maybe we can get him to guide us through one. Please join us at 11am Pacific – 2 Eastern on 12Radio.com.


WEDNESDAY
APRIL 23
MOON in AQUARIUS / PISCES

Moon Void of Course 9:10 am (PDT) – 11:55 pm
Mercury enters Taurus 2:16 am (PDT)

Before you even get out of bed today remind yourself of the importance of cooperation and collaboration. Mars the planet of action is probably not too happy about now, moving retrograde in Libra the sign of compromise. (Mars rules the opposite and individualistic sign of Aries!) Today Mars confronts both Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. If we don't think before we act, we are likely to come out swinging.

The Moon in Uranus-ruled Aquarius doesn't help matters much as it's creating a somewhat contentious mood feeling the strain of wondering ‘do I have to suppress my personal values and individuality just to belong?' Today can be a real test of our values and we may feel there are no viable solutions. The fine line we walk between complete freedom of expression to be ourselves and the necessary compromises we make to be part of a couple, family, group or community is forever and constant. We don't simply make one choice and it's decided. Unless of course we opt for being a self-sufficient hermit in a cave. For most of us, the choice lies somewhere between the extremes.

There is no way around it; we are likely to feel rebellious today. Don't burn any bridges you may want to walk across in the future. Today is a great day for considering your values and giving serious consideration to what your opinions and ideas cost. Remember Uranus awakens and shatters barriers and Pluto transforms, often by eliminating the unnecessary and the obstructive.

Mercury the messenger planet leaves Aries and grounds into Taurus this afternoon. Thinking and communications slow down; we give a lot more thought before we speak. Words may be few but they have substance. This is classically the ‘strong and silent' type and indeed actor Clint Eastwood who personifies the ‘act instead of speak' character was born with Mercury in Taurus. This could be a good antidote to the quick and assertive energy of the cosmos, but Taurus can also be persevering. Capitalize on Mercury in Taurus's ability to plan carefully and minimize its reputation for stubbornness.

Daily Muse: The enlightened man is the greatest stranger in the world; he does not seem to belong to anybody. No organization confines him, no community, no society, no nation. (Osho, The Zen Manifesto)

THURSDAY
APRIL 24
MOON in PISCES

Relief is in sight! The Moon's move to receptive and insightful Pisces cools down the volatile temperatures but also can make us super sensitive to the emotions and needs of others. If you are feeling more emotional today than usual that's to be expected. As a water Moon, Pisces needs boundaries. If you feel yourself being swept away or overwhelmed grab onto whatever, or whoever helps you feel grounded and stable. We should always have a few tricks up our sleeves – a grounding exercise or meditation, a powerful mantra or affirmation or even focusing on your feet, tapping them on the ground a time or two.

Mercury in thoughtful Taurus makes a clever connection to Jupiter in Cancer brightening minds and elevating our hopes. Venus makes a stabilizing connection to dignified Saturn which is great for relationships – especially for those of you wanting to make commitments or move your relationship to a new level. This also bodes well for making choices and commitments that will stabilize finances and create greater opportunities for future increase.

Daily Muse: You can choose to think in ways that will support you in your happiness and success instead of ways that don't. (T. Harv Eker)

FRIDAY
APRIL 25
MOON IN PISCES

Moon Void of Course 1:03 pm (PDT) – 3:01 am Saturday morning

There are dissimilar energies at work in the cosmos today with the Moon in very etheric and philosophical Pisces with a decided spiritual focus contrasted with the very clear-cut connection between the Sun and thinking Mercury. Hearts and minds are in two different places; but can be used in tandem to accomplish our goals. When the Sun and Mercury both meet up in deliberate Taurus we say what we mean, and mean what we say. If we are focused on one idea or a specific project forget about interrupting or creating a distraction. It's probably not going to happen. However, the Pisces Moon does introduce an imaginative component that inspires our thinking even if we are not quite ready to fully investigate a new direction.

Daily Muse: The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do. (Sarah Ban Breathnach)

Today on A Course In Miracles with C. A. Brooks please join me as we continue to explore the development of trust. You'll find me at 8am Pacific – 11 Eastern on 12Radio.com.

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SATURDAY
APRIL 26
MOON in PISCES / ARIES

Moon enters Aries 3:01 am (PDT)

It's another day of contrasts this time with the Moon in gutsy Aries and thinking Mercury aligning with dreamy Neptune. But the energies may not be as different as we think, considering this Aries Moon is in the very last stage of the lunar cycle. Although the mood includes the tenacity of all Aries Moons we are more sober today with the wisdom that comes from experience. We are not interested in wasting time and we balance the thrill of spontaneity with the tried and true contentment of achievements worth their effort.

Mercury aligned with Neptune is a daydreamer with a great imagination and an open and loving mind and yes, a tad gullible. Focus on creative pursuits today and limit exposure to people or situations that are harsh or unruly. Life can be so uncivilized!

Daily Muse: Each morning we are born again.  What we do today is what matters most.  (Buddha)

SUNDAY
APRIL 27
MOON in ARIES

Moon Void of Course 4:02 am (PDT) – 7:23 am Monday morning

The mood is a little rough around the edges as the Moon in Aries conflicts with Mars, Pluto, Uranus and Jupiter and an out-of-sorts connection between Mercury and Venus threatens self-worth. Don't take people's words or criticisms seriously; they are speaking from their own sense of insecurity and fear. And don't be hard on yourself either!

Fortunately it should be easy to take the high road with a considerate connection between the Sun and compassionate Neptune which can smooth hurt feelings and misunderstandings.

Daily Muse: Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.  (Thich Nhat Hanh)

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It was recently announced that Easter is second only to Christmas for gift giving in our society. I suppose this means that eventually, for many, the “Black Friday” before Easter will mean the same thing it does before Christmas.

I saw a toy display in a store yesterday that featured a chocolate bunny holding a sign that said, “Save the Bunny, please. Buy more toys.” This bothered me.

I'll readily admit that toys were given for Easter when I was a kid, but it was always something small and usually cost about $.99. As a matter of fact, there was one toy company that made a good portion of its fortune on $.99 toys; Wham-O.

The Wham-O company, makers of Hula Hoops and Frisbees, seemed to realize that most parents were willing to spend about $.99 on a toy for their kids for Easter and not much more.

That ceiling was perhaps set by the price of a Duncan Imperial Yo-Yo, the top of the Duncan line and the prized possession of “mid-century” kids everywhere. (Yo-yo's were confiscated by the millions in the 1950's and 1960's. I only wish teachers would have bought their own rather than stolen ours.)

Sometime around 1961, SillyPutty came into our consciousness. It was sold in a red egg, did things that only alien technology could have explained and cost $.99. I always suspected the red egg was a marketing ploy; a sign to our parents that it was the perfect Easter gift, and it seemed to work. If you ever meet someone my age who claims they don't know what Silly Putty smells and even tastes like, run, because they're from another planet.

As well as being cheap, the other thing these toys had going for them was that they all fit easily in an Easter basket, along with a handful of jellybeans and the few foil-wrapped chocolate eggs not eaten by our parents. A $.99 Slinky in its cube shaped box fit nicely in fake grass, along side rock-hard marshmallow chicks and a hollow brown bunny that tasted like chocolate only because we knew it to be so.

I suppose this is as good a place as any to mention that any one of these $.99 toys was almost insured to break, or be completely useless, by Wednesday afternoon. I don't know if we played harder because it was spring, or if the toys were just junk, but anything that lasted a week or more was an anomaly, a subject of reverence and given its own shelf.

The exception to this was the Wham-O SuperBall. It took a long time for them to break, usually well into the summer, but they did have a nasty habit of bouncing so high that they ended up getting lost in chimneys, shooting off in high arcs into other neighborhoods, or becoming firmly lodged in neighbor's gutters. ($.99)

One Easter, all I wanted was a toy called a Zoomo. It was a huge rage and was nothing more than a Chinese Yo-yo, as they would come to be known, and made out of paper. It broke the first time I used it. ($.99)

Another year, every boy with a TV at home wanted a gadget called SixFinger. It was one of the stupidest toys ever invented, but coveted beyond belief.

SixFinger was a secret “weapon” that shot caps, clicked out Morse Code, and did a couple of other ridiculous things that made no sense. The commercial was in rhyme and featured ecstatic boys doing backflips in rapture over covert technology that promised happiness. The phony looking finger was a piece of junk and broke almost immediately, but it had a great jingle. “Six finger, Six Finger, man alive! How did I ever get along with five?” (At $1.99, Sixfinger pushed the envelope, but with enough pestering and whining, it was doable.)

At any rate, we did get toys in my day but they were simple and, a point I've beaten to death, generally no more than $.99. They were junk and we knew they were junk but they were a nice addition to sugar, hard-boiled eggs and beautiful springtime days.

The older I get, the more I miss my past Easters.

I was recently reminded of the solemnity of this holiday by photographs I saw of pilgrims in other parts of the world, observing Good Friday as the most solemn day of the Christian calendar. Some were carrying crosses, some knelt, some wept and some prayed.

Our ancestors viewed this time as one to embrace and feel the exhilaration of the departure of winter, but it also had a somber tone to it as well. It was a reminder that there were some who were no longer with us for a new spring, and that someday we would be in their company.

Reflective yes, but also a time for joy. We're still here.

In my family, we made a big deal out of decorating and painting Easter Eggs and being together. Easter dinner was always a huge affair with friends and family in attendance and featured plenty of laughter, a few fights and lots of love.

No matter what your religion or belief system is, this is a time to embrace life with enthusiasm and gratitude and to remember that time is precious and that life really is about love.

I hope that we never attempt to replace honest communication by buying gifts or heaping toys on our children. No matter how hard society tries to convince us that if we don't give, give, give, there's something wrong with us, I pray we'll always know that society is wrong.

All the Slinky's, eggs of Silly Putty, Zoomo's and Yo-yos in the world, every material item that exists could never give me the one thing I'd want most this Easter.

Sure, give gifts, but make it more about life and love. Trust me, you'll never regret it, ever.

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

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Kristi Brower
by Kristi Brower

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What Are You Projecting?

I read auras, and I see everyone's energy body projecting out into the world what is going on inside. So I ask you, what are you projecting? Did you know that your energy and the thoughts and words you use project out onto your world, impacting everything around you? Well it's true; your energy body has an impact on all of the energy bodies around you, creating a domino effect.  Here is an example of how this works.

Say you're having a great day, all feels right with the world. Then you walk into a store and are waited on by a clerk who is projecting anxiety. Unknowingly you pick up on their projection and walk out of the store feeling anxious for no particular reason. At this point you have a choice. You can take on the anxiety as your own and let it impact your whole day.

If you do this then you are projecting anxiety and those around you may pick it up as well. At the end of your day you may have noticed that everyone around you seems anxious. What a coincidence! Ok, on to your other choice. You can acknowledge that you feel anxious and then ask yourself, is this mine? If the answer is no then you can recognize the anxiety for what it is, the signature of someone else's energy and let it go. You go about your day in a happy go lucky mood and note at the end of your day that those around you seem particularly happy. What a coincidence!

Our energy bodies are so powerful! Most of the time we are completely unaware of what we are projecting, but we can actually control our energy if we choose. You can start by simply asking yourself “What am I projecting?” If you don't like the answer then change the energetic channel! Intentionally become more aware of your energy projections and identify what is yours and what belongs to someone else. We have a choice about how we react to all kinds if things, but often do not take the wheel and intentionally choose.

Every morning ask yourself, what do I want to project today? Ask yourself what color your projection should be, what qualities would you like your energy to have? One you have arranged your projection then share it with those around you. Make note of how others seem to sync up with your projection and how exponentially you can impact the world simply by choosing to project positive and loving energy throughout your day.

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Each week Carolyn Ferris will pull from her hand designed Tarot cards to reveal a message for us. Carolyn has been a psychic for many years and has a substantial amount of notoriety with her art. She has created art for many clients such as Timothy Leary, Santana, The Fillmore, and Moonalice.

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This is the balance card. The woman here is seen with a mask, she wears natural Henna tattoos on the palms of her hands. She has clarity as seen by the way she is focused and centered as she flies through the center of the background image. Do you need your life to be more balanced? Do you need to receive more or give more? Do you need more time off or to work more often? How do you thoughtfully hold your yin/yang currently in your life? If you are having the dull-drums, become more festive--dress up, get to an art museum, rent a camel for the afternoon and take a ride! Change your life by practicing balance and appreciating the joy you've found in each experience along the way.

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