Endings are the precursor to beginnings. When the door closes behind you don’t attempt to re-open it. The thin hallway between what has ended and what is about to begin is too narrow for the excess baggage of the previous chapter of your life. It is a rite of passage designed to teach you how to travel light. Find the courage to both be and believe for who you are becoming. The future still indeed does belong to you!
Archive for August, 2012
A Blue Moon will be present for all to see on Friday, August 31, 2012. Don’t miss this one, because you’ll not get another one for almost three years.
The Moon will become a full moon at 9:58 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), or 1358 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) on August 31st.
This “second full moon in one month”, or so called the Blue Moon, will not occur again until July 2015. Blue moons exist due to our calendar months being imperfectly synched to the lunar months. It takes 29.5 days for the moon to orbit Earth, during which sky watchers observe all of its phases. All calendar months, aside from February, have 30 or 31 days, resulting in the occasional two full moons within a single month.
But, don’t be disappointed if you don’t actually see a “blue” colored Moon. The term Blue Moon is named so because it is relatively rare (on average just once every 2.7 years). That is, it’s only seen “once in a blue moon.” On average, about 27 Blue Moons occur in any given century. So far, in the twenty-first century, we’ve had five of them.
However, what is rare is a bluish colored Blue Moon. It only occurs when something like a volcanic eruption or a forest fire causes the atmosphere to make the Moon appear to be a little bluish.
Native Americans drew constellations, created star lore, and built structures in alignment with the sky long before Europeans arrived on American shores.
Like other groups, they tracked the motions of the Sun to help them decide when to plant crops, move their camps, or stage sacred rituals.
Their stories contained explanations of the constellations they saw as patterns of bright stars, meteor showers, the Northern Lights, and saw in what we call the Milky Way a pathway to the afterlife.
Some tribes built great circles of stones to help them predict the changing seasons, or ceremonial sites and mounds of earth in alignment with the Sun and stars and to reflect the patterns they saw in the heavens.
In any case, go outside and watch the Moon be Full and be a Blue Moon on Friday. This is a powerful time to say prayers for everyone. Hopefully you’ll have a clear night sky over your locality on Earth.
Neil Armstrong family statement “Next time you walk outside on clear night & see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil & give him a wink.”
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Plants grow best when we pay attention to them. That means watering, touching them, putting them in places where they will receive good light. They need people around them to notice if they are drooping at the edges or looking particularly happy in the sunlight. The more attention a plant receives, the better it will grow.
We need to be noticed in the same way. If we notice a family member or friend is drooping, perhaps we can pay some special attention to him or her. All of us need someone to care about how we are and to truly listen to us. We can share and double someone’s happiness by noticing and talking about it also. We help the people around us to grow by listening to their droopy edges as well as their bright days. People need this as much as plants need light and water.
Nurture one another. There’s no greater gift you can give to someone then your time and caring. The best cure for depression is to uplift someone else. You will be amazed at how good you feel when you give time and attention to somebody who needs a little love.
Whether you were left by someone, or whether you were the one who walked away, the ending of a relationship is usually a heartbreaking experience for both people. Even relationships that are ended by mutual agreement can still leave a person feeling lost and incomplete somehow. Feelings of failure, being unlovable, of not knowing who you are without your partner, as well as many other painful emotions can make it hard to carry on.
If you’ve just come out of a relationship you might feel like you will ever be the same again. By this people usually mean that they will never feel good again, or will never feel whole again. The truth is, you won’t ever be the same, but that is not a bad thing. The emptiness you are feeling, although it hurts right now, is the space in which new insights and inspiration can grow. Also, although it probably feels like your partner has taken away a part of you that you won’t ever get back; you have also gained something from that relationship that you would never have found had you not met that person.
In ancient times, a king had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables.
On approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. As the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been.
The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many others never understand.
Moral of the Story:
Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve one’s condition.
How do you know if you have this condition? If you live, breath and order your life around Johnny Depp then you may have the disease. If your house is full of pictures, books, and calendars with pictures of Johnny Depp you know that you are affected. Your DVD collection will have been swept of everything but the rather small collection of Depp movies and documentaries, which you will wistfully stare at wishing he was more prolific. Your computer hard drives will be bursting at the seams with JPEGs.
He is quite a remarkable actor, musician, and seems like nice man who has learned a lot of spiritual truth. His role choices are often quirky and he brings to each one uniqueness and strength quite unmatched by the majority of movie ’stars’.
I suppose many women might be immune to the infection, but there is no way of telling. The best advice I can give is not to chance it. If anyone suggests going to see or renting a Depp film then the best approach is to nonchalantly decline, if you do not want this disease. Speaking personally I can guarantee if you watch another actor, such as Tom Cruise, you might find yourself craving a healthy Dose of Johnny Depp.
A Dose of Depp a day keeps the doctor away!
Perspective is key in so many things. For instance, most people see it as a loss when they give money to others. They count what they have and then use the minus sign in calculating their giving amount to sum up their ending outcome. When you give to others it is not a decrease, it is an increase; you are expanding yourself, expanding your energy, your harvest field, your love, and your faith. Give and it shall be given unto you. Whatever you give always returns back to you. There is a great deal of soul satisfaction in giving.
Keys open many Doors in our lives and it’s up to us to open those doors. Understand that when you give it requires love, and love my friends, is the only thing that will last forever. So alter your prospective, add up the love, and your hope, joy, will increase.
“If the Doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” William Blake
This is the weekend of the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower and most meteor forecasts predict the annual “shooting star” display will be at its best during the overnight hours of late Saturday (Aug. 11) into the early Sunday.
The Perseids is the name of a prolific meteor shower. The shower is visible from mid-July each year, with the peak in activity being between August 9 and 14, depending on the particular location of the stream. During the peak, the rate of meteors reaches 60 or more per hour.
The weekend of August 11/12 will be prime viewing time for the Perseids. One can view on earlier dates but the rates will be less and the moon more of a problem. On Saturday morning, August 11th, the 35% illuminated moon will rise near 0100 local daylight time (LDT) for observers located in the mid-northern latitudes. The moon will be located in central Taurus, mid-way between the bright orange star Aldebaran and the naked eye star cluster known as the Pleiades. This position lies only 30 degrees from the Perseid radiant, which lies in the northern portion of the constellation Perseus. The radiant is the area of the sky these meteors appear to shoot from. You should center your view more to the north or in the opposite direction to avoid seeing moonlight, which will impair your night vision. Perseid meteors will be visible as soon as it becomes dark on Friday evening, but at only rates of 5 per hour. This is due to the fact that the Perseid radiant lies low in the north at this time and only a small percentage of the activity can be seen.
I hope that you are able to watch and enjoy this marvelous heavenly show!