Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2017: Radical Virgo Vision in Action








Article © 2016 by Joyce Mason

  
We are all interconnected. Thanks to the Internet, which even has “inter” in its name, most of us have experienced that people the world over are much more alike than different. We all want the same basics: love, safety, shelter, food on the table, the opportunity to make enough money to meet our needs and meaningful work. The freedom to see the world in our own way (religion, philosophy) and to be the masters of our own destiny.

For three decades, astrology has helped me understand myself, others and the amazing interconnection we share. A good dose of Neptune has helped me see that Oneness, even while a Uranus-tinged Sun has helped me appreciate our differences. Pluto has refined me in the fires of the Underworld. Chiron has saved me with the promise that healing comes from carrying on the mission to help others—that this mission, indeed, is salvation and wholeness itself. In the healer-healee dynamic, both are lifted up. A bit of Heaven comes down to Earth every time someone breaks through pain, being stuck or feeling disowned by himself, herself or others. After all, if we are each other, healing can only be a two-way street.

Karmic Connections

Life has been very dramatic in illustrating karmic connections to me. Synchronicity is as ordinary as dawn in my days. How that applies between us: I can assume that readers attracted to this blog have some level of need for its message because they’re drawn to it. It also means that the things I go through and feel compelled to share are, at some level, things you are likely to benefit from. Here’s hoping that many of you will resonate to where I’m headed with The Radical Virgo in the future.

New Directions

As I share in my article, Your Relationship with Astrology, my own star trek changes over time. At present, I’m in a place where I’m a backseat, eternal astrology student, not on the front lines of teaching and consulting. This feels wonderful—the right place for me now. It reflects how astrology will always be part of my understanding of the universe and how it ticks. One thing I doubt I’ll ever be able to resist? Writing about astrology.

Astrology’s changing role for me has to do with shifts in my life that occupy most of my time. (See Pluto: The Cosmic Reset Button.) But there’s another, even bigger reason. Astrology has taken me to levels of deep understanding about life, but it begs a next step—how to take action to make my own life (and all of ours) better. Astrology is very Mercurial and its oft-said higher octave, Uranian. Right now I’m ready for Mars! I’m ready to put what I’ve learned into action and to focus not just on astrology but how the multidimensional understanding we are lucky to get from it can be applied to a world that needs a lot of help.

Back to Basics

For most of its 7+ years of existence, you’ve seen on the sidebar of this blog The Radical Virgo Vision … a place where all signs—not just Virgos—learn how to express the best of their star map. Borrowing from the original article, “The Radical Virgo,” the namesake of this blog first published in The Mountain Astrologer in April/May 1992, I’m adding a line. It now reads:

a place where all signs—not just Virgos—learn how to express the best of their star map and are encouraged to do their best for the evolution of the planet.

This addition goes back to the original Radical Virgo article that outlines Virgo’s three realms of influence: sexuality, work and enlightenment. This line in particular speaks to translating inner evolution to outer group action:



Enlightenment. The Radical Virgo is beyond which toilet bowl cleaner deodorizes best and onto saving the world from going down the drain.




What to Expect in 2017

There will always be astrological information here, and I will continue to make my posts as practical and experiential as possible. Good examples of taking knowledge to its daily application can be found in the Planetary Fishing series. (Just put Planetary Fishing and the planet you want into the search box.) There will of necessity be fewer articles, as in 2016, but my aim is quality over quantity.

There will be a new emphasis on ways we can take our astrological knowledge and apply it to healing our world on all levels. This will especially be relevant to Outerplanetary People, who have profound experiences in the heaven-to-earth dynamic and clear inklings of what’s coming next.

Let me conclude with where I want to start in the New Year. The US Presidential election has been just one example of the dissention and broken nature of human relationships. Terrorist activities and crime are rampant.  You might say that half the world is in opposition to each other with few trines in sight. I want to share tools about how we PUNCs (Plutonian, Uranian, Neptunian Chironics) can put our healing energy into morphing this angry chaos into respect, understanding and co-creation of common ground in a safer, fairer and more loving world. As a preview, I’m sharing a quote that will be my guiding light in the year to come and beyond:




Peacemaking doesn’t mean passivity. It is the act of interrupting injustice without mirroring injustice, the act of disarming evil without destroying the evildoer, the act of finding a third way that is neither fight nor flight but the careful, arduous pursuit of reconciliation and justice. It is about a revolution of love that is big enough to set both the oppressed and the oppressors free.



From A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
by Shane Claiborne




I guess my Libra planets are really kicking in.


Peace, Positive Change and a New Year Full of Blessings,
Joyce


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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Winter Solstice Poem: “Seed Pods”




Poem © 2016 by Joyce Mason


We’re winter seed pods
closing in on ourselves.
turning inward by instinct:
tightly concentrated essences
 gathering energy
waiting to regenerate
at the Vernal Equinox.

Till then we hang like bulbs
on the holiday tree
symbolic of peace and joy
yet often feeling neither
as the things that bother us
bubble up for reckoning.

Be gentle with yourself.
Be Santa to yourself,
a beloved
confessor or shaman.
For insights and peace come
from new perceptions
new viewpoints
born of temporary discomfort
your most authentic self
turned upside down
hanging in the dark.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Favorite Holiday Posts Wrapped with a Bow!





The patron saint of The Radical Virgo is Chiron. One of the things Chiron rules is recycling. So here are some posts worth another go-round, annotated for your choosing pleasure! The most popular is Gifts for Every Chiron Sign. While it's tongue-in-cheek, the gifts really work.

From funny to sign self-revealing, these bits of wisdom will warm your heart along with your hot chocolate and suggest appropriate gifts. There’s even a link for shopping ideas by zodiac sign from Your Fairy Godmother!

Humor: Gifts for Every Chiron Sign (9-Dec-09) This most popular holiday post of all time on The Radical Virgo serves such an important purpose. The holiday season can bring up old wounds like nobody’s business, especially when you combine high stress with relatives.  How many family fights have started at the holiday dinner table? Even when we vow to be on our best behavior, unresolved injuries, irritations, and family enmeshment can cause a person to go Scrooge without creative intervention. Here’s my suggestion. Shop their Chiron signs!

Zodi-Yuks: New Year’s Resolutions from Aries to Pisces (26-Dec-10) Don’t know if any one of our zodiac characters can keep these, but they’re bound to keep you laughing.

Ho-ho-hilarious from Aries to Pisces.

How respecting and celebrating everyone’s beliefs is peace in action.

Celebrate This Momentous Winter Solstice! (5-Dec-12) While geared to the long-awaited sky signatures of 2012, this post has Solstice rituals you’ll enjoy having in your repertoire every year.

Holiday Shopping for the Stars and Your Favorite Stargazers (12-Dec-13) Featured author, Mary English and her Sun Sign books.f

Enjoy Auntie Joyce’s take on which carols “belong” to which signs. It’s hard to laugh and sing at the same time!

The Twelve Days of Solstice—and Other Cracked Carols  (10-Dec-13) A classic rewritten for astrologers and astrology lovers, just in time for your Astro-group’s holiday party … or just for your own amusement.
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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Living Astrology: How to Prepare for Winter Solstice






Article © 2016 by Joyce Mason


The Winter Solstice is a sacred times of year—one where we’re meant to let go of outer concerns to contemplate our candlelit inner life—candlelit because it’s a season of waning light as we mourn the loss of sunshine and live in more darkness and the slowdown of nature. Our bodies become a church or temple in the soft light of meditation and from taking time to “just be.”

From a metaphysical perspective, it’s the time for rest, reassessment and simply being in harmony with all of nature as it hibernates or replenishes in the darker months of the year. Yet how many of us actually do this?

The earth-based religions are the most avid observers of the solstices and equinoxes, the Cardinal Crossings that mark the changes of season. Many of us no longer live on beat with nature, yet our zodiac is derived from these shifts. The truest way to celebrate the solstices and equinoxes is to spend more time in nature attuned to the Turning of the Wheel of Time—and to mark them in some ceremonial or reverent way.

In astrology we often quote the great Hermes Trismegistus, “As above, so below.” Yet many astrologers and astrology students stay focused on the sky and abstract symbolism of these changes, rather than digging their toes into the earth and feeling with all our senses the meaning of these turning points. We’re good at “as above” but not so hot on some of the more literal parts of “so below.”

Be Prepared: The Cardinal Rule to Access the Blessings of Winter Solstice


Long-time readers know that I’m wired for planning in my own astrology chart. Planning isn’t as easy for some people as it is for others, but to get the most out of winter solstice, advance planning is mandatory. The spirit of winter calls us inward on or about December 21 each year while the outer world is a nearly a maniacal vacuum, sucking us into frenzies of holiday activities and preparation. How do we rectify these opposing forces?

This year, we have a double pull inward as Mercury goes Retrograde on December 19. Hopefully, this will increase magnetism toward winter’s true purpose of introspection and hibernation--or at least as much deep rest as we human mammals will allow ourselves.

In practical terms, this means getting most of your running around, parties and marathon baking done by December 18. This post in early December may seem like not much warning, but it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. If you can front load the very active part of your season for the first three weeks of December, you’ll have the valuable, intangible gifts of winter under your tree. You’ll be in harmony with life on earth.

Ways to Meet Winter


As a Group. Indigenous people have taught us that these changes deserve ritual. As I’ve shared many times, I created a circle of like-minded women in 1988 with another friend to celebrate these key passages. Now in our 28th year, the Solsisters continue to thrive on a patchwork quilt of multicultural spiritual ideas, sewn together with the thread of relevance to today’s spirit-minded people and their concerns. We find ourselves traveling the spiritual spectrum from the earliest days of Sun worship to gleaning the gold from today’s religions or sacred practices—and anything in-between. We have no barriers except that the prayers, ideas and tools resonate to us now.

For more on how we do this and to create ceremonies of your own, see the post Fully Seasoned: Astrology and Ritual and round it out with Silver Solstice. Is this your year to catalyze a life-changing practice to live astrology out loud?

Another idea: Create a group on Facebook or wherever your Astro- and metaphysically minded friends hang out. Talk about the season and its symbolism. Share prayers, poems and ideas for a virtual solstice celebration through the solstice itself.

The best Winter Solstice celebrations wax into and out of the Cardinal Crossing itself and involve both individual and group activities.


By yourself. Introverts will be happy to know that you can do the same thing, as we used to say when I was growing up, with “me, myself and I.” Since winter solstice heralds a season of going inward, it’s easier for those who already do that on a regular basis. Yet even the most gregarious Aquarius needs to take this Journey Within as autumn turns winter. Here are some ideas on honoring winter solstice on your own:

  • Every day, take at least a 10 minute walk, regardless of weather. (OK, you can skip a day during a blizzard or monsoon.) Appreciate the smells, the beauty and the uniqueness of how nature is expressing itself now. Realize you are a part of it, and contemplate how you change during this seasonal shift. If possible, walk to or in the most natural setting you can find—harder for urbanites, but even New York has Central Park. Do it through December so that you can feel the changes in nature and energy from Sagittarius to Capricorn, autumn to winter.
  • Collect some Yule prayers or poems and start each day with one of them from now until the Solstice.
  • Set aside time for meditation daily, even if it’s only 10-15 minutes—or even one minute. I participated in an experiment with the Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment years ago,where we measured the results of these minute meditations. They were surprisingly centering, relaxing and uplifting. For an example of an amazing one-minute meditation to help heal the USA from all its divisiveness, see Wise USA’s Liberty Bell Minute Meditation.
  • Read poems about winter and waning light. What do you learn?
  • Wish people a Happy Yule or Solstice, and be prepared to answer questions from those who don’t get it—and embrace the joy of discovering kindred spirits among those who do.

Ditch Extremism


Let’s not get ridiculous about it. Since many people celebrate Christmas, Hannukkah, Kwanzaa and other holidays during this time of year, don’t figure on chanting Om in your meditation corner while the rest of the family revels. There’s no need to give up any of your own traditions, just add on. Dip in and out of the usual activity, and from honoring the winter in ways we have explored, you’ll find your interactions to be more meaningful. You’ll pop insights for further exploration during your winter downtime. You’ll be eager to get to the peace of falling snow from your front window or from the window of your soul.

My journey with the Solsisters started with Winter Solstice, so my entire ceremonial alter ego, where I become a “groovy urban goddess” several times a year, revolves and evolves around this turning point. Over time, you’re likely to merge with each shift of season, find its highest good and expression. Best of all, you’ll feel part of something much bigger—the universe and our star, Earth. Or to share my favorite affirmation I learned from Spring Forest Qigong:

"I am in the universe. The universe is in me. The universe and I are one." —Chunyi Lin

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

A Holiday Gift: Half-Off Sale Extended Through January 2017



 Dear Radical Readers,

The November 50%-off sale has been extended one last time through January 31, 2017 as a holiday gift to you.

You can find all titles at The Radical Virgo Store or in the sidebar, but I’m also linking individual titles below, as well, to give you as many one-click paths as possible to take advantage of this limited-time savings. I hope many of you will feast on some books you’ve not read yet with Black Friday prices built in.





You can purchase all 5 PDF eBooks for well under $20!


Have a great Season of Light, whatever holidays you celebrate, and a soaring New Year. Enjoy the traditions you hold dear.

Peace on Earth and Blessings All,

Joyce


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