Tuesday, April 30, 2013

May: Planetary Fishing Expedition on The Radical Virgo




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Dear Radical Readers,

While I’m busy wrapping up my new book Keywords to Unlock Chiron, I have a homeplay assignment for you. That’s an alternative to homework. It’s voluntary and much more fun, though you might catch some serious insights.

The object of this game is to take 15 minutes, twice a week during the month of May, to get a better understanding of the major planets in your astrology chart and how they work for you. The goal is to strengthen your self-understanding and to give you a new perspective on your chart and the archetypal energies that drive it.

I suggest you create a folder in your computer and use your word processing program to highlight and copy the “assignments.” As you answer them, you’ll be building a self-interpretation of your chart. Finding answers yourself is a powerful way to learn.


Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. ~ Chinese Proverb


As the proverb goes, I’m offering a few fishing lessons per planet. Even if you're already a "good angler" and know your aspects and chart fairly well, you'll be surprised the added dimension you'll get from these simple exercises. For a commitment of approximately 30 minutes a week for a month or 2.5 hours total, you’ll come back with a net full of aha’s—and hopefully you’ll share some of them with the Radical Virgo community in the Comments so we can see your figurative “big catch.” 

The exercises are designed to take just a short time per planet, but you can extend that if you really “get into it.” It’s your choice how deep or shallow you want to go into the channel to fish and how long you want to stay out.

To sweeten the trip, anyone who comments during this May planetary fishing expedition will be entered into a drawing for a free copy of my e-book, Astrology 101 Primer: How to Interpret Your Astrology Chart. It's great for beginners and a compact reference for ongoing students of astrology. It also makes a great gift, if you're trying to help someone important in your life learn the language of astrology for everyday conversation with you. The winner will be announced on or about June 1.

Happy Fishing!
Joyce

PS – With 5 weeks in May, the posts will begin on May 1 and run on Wednesday and Friday the first week. The remainder of the weeks, the posts will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Ritual for Turning the Calendar




Poem © 2013 by Joyce Mason
All Rights Reserved



We turn the page
on Time:

sometimes because the month
has ended
sometimes to look ahead.

These are sacred moments
to stop, reflect:
are we on the same page
with the flow of life?
Are we in The Now
The Past
or looking too far
into The Future?

Grant me the wisdom
to plan as best I can for tomorrow
while living squarely in the moment.

Bless those squares
on the calendar,
there to remind us.

~.~.~


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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Monday Meditation





Poem © 2013 by Joyce Mason
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Blessed be
“back to work”
the gear-up
from the gear-down
the yin and yang
of life

I pause to consider
this day named for the Moon.
I pay her homage.

 What shall I give to the Moon
at the toil-gate of this week?

~.~.~

Photo Credit: © Douglas Freer| fotolia.com

 

It's Astro-Poetry month on The Radical Virgo!Watch for poems that preview Earth to Sky: Astrology Based Blessings, Prayers, Poems and Meditations throughout April 2013. For more poetry, visit Stitched Verse.



Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Prayer on a Full Moon





Poem © 2013 by Joyce Mason
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Like grace after meals
I thank the universe
for a belly full
of this lunar month

seeds of new start-ups
growing inside me
bloating me with new promise
fulfillment

I think about what to name you
babies of the Moon Mother
offspring of my wild intuition
knowing
that you join a family
fertile with wild abandon
my long cycle of Moonchildren
silver balloons
that when it comes to creativity
have no strings.

~.~.~

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 It's Astro-Poetry month on The Radical Virgo!Watch for poems that preview Earth to Sky: Astrology Based Blessings, Prayers, Poems and Meditations throughout April 2013. For more poetry, visit Stitched Verse.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Blessing for an Astrology Meeting



Poem © 2013 by Joyce Mason
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May our Mercuries join
in communion of knowledge.

May we see Venus, the beauty in others
but have Mars handy when it’s time for action.

May Jupiter rise
to make our time together fun
and to keep us ever-thirsty to learn.

May Saturn give us enough organization 
 to keep us on track
without stifling our creativity.

May Chiron bring us healing and wholeness
if we stumble onto the broken parts of ourselves
and in the pain discover a catalyst for fulfillment.

Uranus, patron saint!
May you keep us excited, engaged, a-buzz
and alive.

Neptune, source of inspiration,
compassion and unity:

Help us share our visions and emotions
 to listen with sensitivity
to join our creativity
to see ourselves in each other.



  Pluto, Lord God of the Underworld:
help us remember that Darth Vader
was once a Jedi Knight
as we all are inside.

May we be one Sun in our time together
shining enlightenment
experiencing the alchemy and paradox
that only by being our unique selves
do we create community.

~.~.~


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It's Astro-Poetry month on The Radical Virgo!Watch for poems that preview Earth to Sky: Astrology Based Blessings, Prayers, Poems and Meditations throughout April 2013. For more poetry, visit Stitched Verse.