Saturday, June 9, 2012

NEPTUNE: Coping with Confusion!

Neptune is now in retrograde mode. The ruling planet of Pisces that permeates the minds of the masses, hypnotizing and mesmerizing us with its gaseous element is now slowed down offering us the opportunity to see and catch what we often miss in our fast pace modern life. Yet, Neptune is one of the most important planets affecting the modern world. Anytime we walk through the supermarket checkout line, we see this smoky planet - through the mirage of the magazines lined up at the checkout line. From the cover and contents of People magazine, Time, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Essence, O, Oprah's Magazine, and even the likes of Yoga Journal, etc. They all delude us into believing that what you see is reality. Yoga Journal is at least 99% covered with specific bodies and poses of white women. This is a misleading image of what Yoga really is and has not only influenced so many but it has diluted the true heart and spirit of yoga. Anytime we log on to the internet to check our emails or merge into the fast lane of social networking Neptune is there subtly but intently penetrating us with marketing and advertisements of all kinds that lace the side bars, the news feed and pages. You think you are not looking at them, but your subconscious mind is collecting all that garbage.

Neptune is the planet that rules Hollywood, movies, celebrities, unaccountable fashion waves and marketing. This means we are constantly captured by the glitter and glamour, cultural phenomena and fascinations and often times sucked right into that blue gas or pink smoke. It is the gleam in the eye of the public, caught and refracted in a retailing prism. Neptune gilds popularity in a platinum sheen.

Neptune is also associated with collective dreams and yearnings for extraordinary experiences. It rules a culture's quasi-mystical aspirations and illusive quests. It is transcendent unity. Where ever Neptune is in your chart is where you can easily be deceived or fooled or where you can transcend boundaries and excel creatively.

Neptune is currently transiting my 5th house which is known to cause much confusion in one's romantic or dating life. This morning I had to catch myself when I got the third note from guy members of this new meetup group I recently joined. They are all intrigued by me, my name and one has asked me to go with him to our upcoming meetup next Sunday. I smiled and paused for a moment as Neptune whispered softly in my ear..."It's not what it appears to be." A soft whisper that was a loud reminder. In my dreamy state, I was excited to get the attention, I was appealing to the "we are one" believer in me, but all other elements of my being gave me the strength to simply pause for a cause and respond with silence. Is this another injured puppy that my unconscious self wants to save? What do I even say to him and the others? With Neptune waltzing in the 5th house, I can easily delude myself into thinking that the object of my affection is more than what they really are and I only see what I want to see in romantic situations. But it has it's up sides too. My self-expression is reconnecting with my domineering spiritual essence; I am drawing more and more from the magician in me and a creative fever is raising the temperature in me.

"Victimization" can also be a butt kicker as I found myself right in the middle of one. My dog bit the hand of a little girl that stuck her hand between the bars of a fence as I walked him on Thursday. We were on the street passing by, he was on his leash, the kids ran up to the fence, with the caregivers practically encouraging them. They trusting her words, "look at doggie"... jumped up and down, screaming with excitement and fascination only making my dog nervous and even more protective of me. She reaches her hand out and before you know it, he grabbed it probably thinking it was some squirrel or something. He too was caught up in a Neptune moment. The following day, I hear this unusual sound. I looked to see that my dog was snoring and snickering loudly in his sleep. He's been in hunter mode lately capturing a bird, chasing his dreams of squirrels and howling to the sounds of the sirens. I am still in a fog as to how the hell that happened but it did. Keeping a close eye on my dog while questioning what was going on inside of him. He's never acted that way before. Where's Cesar Milan? I've been crying over the incident - for the little girl, my dog, myself - most likely and who knows what else. The father threatening to sue me for everything I own including my underwear and referencing Fox 5 Channel News. Meanwhile the caretakers and the daycare in which they sent their daughter to is trying to escape their responsibilities. While the mother in me keeps checking in to see how she's doing. Are they questioning whether their daughter is in a safe childcare place to begin with? Or are they dreaming of an illusive financial settlement from this dream of me being filthy rich. The mother however, has been nice and civil but I am remembering that... nothing is what it seems. The 5th house includes children and pets, by the way. Am I dreaming that this is all a dream and that the real world is truly found when I go to sleep? There are always lessons and blessings.

Neptune's discovery in 1846, coincided with the early development in photography, genetics, and medicine - especially anesthesia with its ability to numb the senses. The sewing machine was invented in the same year. Spiritualism, American Transcendentalism, and general interest in the spirit world blossomed at the time of Neptune's discovery.

Neptune rules illusions, it has domain over what we can not see which forces us to rely on our senses and our faith and belief in a higher power that holds us together as one. We will all feel this transit as it will last through November of this year. Since astrologers refer to Black people as the Pisces people, it makes sense that after hundreds of years we are still dreaming or have a dream, as Brother Martin Luther King always reflected. Pisces is ruled by Neptune. No wonder I and so many others often say, "Wake the f@*k up my people!!" I mentioned "victimization" above - it is a long time symptom of Blacks and another downside of Neptune. We still don't see what's right before us and within us. Our creative abilities have been misdirected and capitalized on by others. We have faith in another person's god and religion and have forsaken our own. The lower end of Neptune has kept us living in a web of lies, illusions, deceptions and confusions.

It helps to know what area Neptune is currently moving through in your personal life and the astrology progressive chart will tell you clearly. Some questions to ask yourself or the collective during this Neptune Retrograde transit are:

What is the nature of your confusion? What is the major problem which you seem unable to resolve because of your confusion?

Is this the real problem, and if not, what is? What does preoccupation with this problem keep you from facing? What if you weren't confused?

How do you keep your self confused? What messages do you give yourself which keep you confused?

What are you avoiding facing? What do you know but won't fully admit to yourself? What do you fear discovering about yourself or others? What is Neptune protecting you from seeing?

What would happen if you saw your way out of your dilemma? If you had the answer what would it be? What would you have to face then?

If you need help understanding this Neptune transit as it affects and influences you (your life), then ask me for a reading or get one from another astrologer. And to all the Sun, Moon, Venus Mars & Saturn Pisces people reading this, you are most likely feeling this deeply and are more familiar with it than others.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Struck by Neptune's Rainbow Waters

I've been struck by Neptune's Rainbow Waters!! The magical liquid called 'TEARS'!

This morning I woke up from an emotionally touching dream. I quickly jotted down my symbols in my pad sitting on my bed. As I prepared my son for school and for my day, the tears began to well up and stream down my face. I was feeling a movement in my heart area, a sensation took over me. I'll call it LOVE. No clear conscious reason, I was simply present. I was feeling and it was illusive, yet very clear.

In our society, men in particular have been taught not to cry, to put a brave face on things when they get hurt and not show that they are in pain. But wombmyb can fall into this trap too, and all of us at one time or another might feel that the only way to survive is to close off our feelings and emotions so we can't be hurt again. If our pain is particularly deep, we might even try to hide it from our selves. This can make us frozen, rigid, because deep down we know that one small break in the ice will free the hurt to start circulating through us again. Yet this is why we create experiences like love affairs that go sour to shatter the walls we construct around our hearts. It's no heartbreak in the sense we've been taught. It's the walls crumbling, the space expanding so the heart can continue to grow and glow.

The rainbow-colored tears on the image above holds the key to breaking out of this 'ice-olation'. The tears, and only the tears, have the power to melt the ice around our hearts. It's okay to cry, and there is no reason to feel ashamed of your tears. Crying helps us to let go of pain, allows us to be gentle with ourselves, and finally helps us to heal.

We are miserable because we are too much in the SELF. What does it mean when I say we are too much in the self? And exactly what happens when we are too much in the self? Either you can be in existence or you can be in the self -both are not possible together. To be in the self means to be apart, to be separate. To be in the self means to be an island. To be in the self means to draw a boundary line around you. To be in the self means to make a distinction between 'this I am' and 'that I am not'. The definition, the boundary, between 'I' and 'not I' is what the self is - the self isolates. And it makes you frozen - you are no longer flowing. If you are flowing self cannot exist.

But Neptune says stop the madness! There's no you and I, no over there and here; no up, no down. We are ONE! And I'll wrap you in my fog so that you can come to know that. In the fog you can't see, therefore you have to rely on your sensing to move through. You have to trust a power greater than your physical self. Her retrograde motion is slowing us down to help us remove the boundaries, the lines, the 'I', the 'You'. And I am feeling the compassion grow in me. My dream last night magically touched down on my 2nd house in which my natal Neptune lives and it also featured my 5th house in which Neptune is currently transiting. Symbols of value, money and then children, romance, a lover were all highlighted! Neptune is so damn amazing! She's not playing with me or is she really? I've struggled with my 2nd house Neptune. And Astrologer Tracy Marks describes it so well with Neptune images that give life to and words to how I am when it comes to money, my possessions, my values:

AN UNEMPLOYED ANGEL - That's me! And "Angel" happens to be my nickname since I was a baby. But the universe has always divinely and magically provided everything I need including a beautiful family, a home Temple and all else... as I have no problem sharing and giving for nothing in return. Can't deny that I am blessed!!

A SURFER'S SOGGY CHECKBOOK: LOL!! Talk about confusion around money. I'll go to the back to make a cash deposit and hold up the line counting my money over and over in a pink smoke. But the goddess dollars I DO believe in and now use more than ever. Currencies that hold the face, the energy and exchanged with the hands of wombmyn who are serving the divine feminine rather than the masculine image and face of dead presidents.

AN ENTREPRENEURIAL LAMB - I am just that. I am not aggressive in trying to sell anything to anyone, I attract rather than pursue. I never get caught up in the rat race or competition. They come to me. Every write up or feature by major media entities came to me. They found me. I didn't go looking for them. ABCNews called me. The New York Times called me and so did the Washington Post and all others that featured me. I didn't go knocking on their doors. Why? Because I am feminine, receptive and gentle as a lamb, confident in my skills, gifts and healing powers. I've changed countless lives and help heal many more behind the scenes.

A SHOPPING CENTER ENVELOPED BY FOG - Goddess knows I hate going to the mall, I get confused and overwhelmed, and am way too sensitive to deal with crowds. I rather shop online or at a small, personable boutique or vintage store.

A UNICORN IN A DEPARTMENT STORE - Your guess is just as good as mine on this one. Standing out? Out of place? Evoking wonder and awe striking? Attracting more customers? LOL What do you get from this Neptune image? Tell me.

A SAVINGS OF HOPES & DREAMS - hehehe.... difficulty saving money as the Neptunian waters wash it away just as quickly as the tides bring money in. But this is my personal path and instead of resisting it, astrology has helped me embrace it and work with it. I trust that I can cash in my HOPES & DREAMS whenever I need to. They are like saving bonds. I can sell many of my creative ideas that are in abundance. Most of which I've simply given away.

I am grateful for this NEPTUNE transit and that of VENUS. It actually feels very familiar since my life path is summed up by the energies of my natal SATURN in PISCES - the sign ruled by Neptune. I'm a dreamer, says Neptune. But I'm a practical dreamer, says father Saturn.

When I cry, it melts the walls around my heart and it softens every fiber of my physical being. I am rinsed, cleansed and whole again, opening the portal for the abundance and love to flow in and for the presence of my Angels to be felt strongly again.

Would you like to learn about your Neptune or have a Goddess Love Reading? Send me an email - ecosensualliving at gmail dot com. I'll be happy to open the doors to your own Neptune world... maybe - like me - you'll just start crying to be healed again!

added inspiration from Osho Zen Tarot

10 Ways to Navigate the Cosmic Waters of Neptune!!

Neptune is an elusive, subtle planet of transformation which dissolves attitudes and behavior patterns of the past as it transits planets in our individual charts. Neptune is one of the most difficult planetary influences to handle. It causes life to become confusing and unclear, and under its influence people often believe what is not true. At the same time, it also has an ego-denying influence, which may make you feel discouraged, futile, undeserving and unworthy, or it can lead you to perform great acts of selflessness and self-martyrdom, says Astrologer Robert Hand.

Neptune is the higher octave and mother of Venus - the planet of love and beauty. She represents unconditional love and ecstasy. She's currently sitting on my natal Saturn in the 5th house which highlights self-expression, romantic relationships, sex & children, making me seek a sexual union that is a spiritual one. Have no fear she" says, your wish is my command! As well, she's stimulating my artistic creativity and drawing me to be with the healing waters of the earth while reminding me of my own oceanic and home birth at the edge of the Atlanta Ocean.

With that established, we are all going to need help navigating her cosmic waters and moving through her pink smoke during this transit. So here are 10 tools to help us during this retrograde transit that began June 4th, 2012 and goes direct in Pisces on November 11th, 2012.

1. Think - HIGHER LOVE! In fact, sing the words to Steve Winword's "Higher Love" to remind you. If you don't have the song, check out Youtube or the music sites.

2. Be in the fog. Don't fight it. While in the fog, become the fog. Imagine your body as fog, feel the amazing dissipation and melting of your physical body. For a time, we are not likely to be able to operate clearly or productively in the old ways in which we expressed this planet. Neptune will be eroding this old expression, withdrawing energy from it and using that energy to prepare us subconsciously for new means of expression. Trust your subconscious and give it time to prepare for the next stage in your development. As Tracy Marks says, "We need to understand fully that we are in a time of transition, vacationing upon an island in the midst of Neptunian waters, as our energy is being reprocessed to prepare for a future period of greater fulfillment where Neptune is dominant in our lives.

3. Clear the waters of your body. Nurturing and unblocking our bodies is very important. The womb and the male sexual organs need replenishment. Drink plenty of water. Add lemon to give it a citrus boost for a deeper cleansing effect. The womb is the most acidic part of a woman's body. Lemon water will keep it balanced. A sensual or therapeutic massage can help the waters of the body flowing smoothly. Our minds become clouded when we spend too much time in mental realms due to physical blockages. When the waters of our body are clear and flowing, our emotions are able to do likewise.

4. Swim! Visit the beach or other bodies of running waters. And definitely take healing baths in the comfort of your home and with others. I highly recommend, Spiritual Bathing: Healing Rituals and Traditions from Around the World, by Rosita Arvigo and Nadine Epstein. Another suggestion is to take color baths. Use natural food coloring to create colors such as blue which is Neptunian and oceanic or make it green for healing the heart chakra. And don't forget the kids, they will love it and look forward to taking their baths.

5. Practice forgiving yourself and developing self-compassion. This is the springboard for forgiving others. Begin with self. Neptune is the higher vibration of love and compassion. In her heart opening state, the pains and sensitivities of the past can wash over us, transcend our desires and needs taking us into a blissful state of inner peace and oneness with all.

6. Anchor yourself in your womb-heart. Shift out of the mind and into the space in which your womb and heart envelops and where water and fire meet. It's much easier for men to be in their sexual center, so here's a little push for the wombmyn who struggle. After all, the mind can easily deceive and trick you. During this Neptune transit it is more prone to playing tricks on you. The heart, however, will never lie or deceive you. Learn how to listen to and understand its language.

7. Fill your life with Music! Listen to music that stimulates your heart chakra. Soft, soothing, meditation music puts you in touch with your feelings. Massage your heart with music, let it move you into a trance. Choose the tunes that awaken your heart, arouses your sensuality and transports you. Let your intuitive wisdom come alive!

8. Take naps! Go to bed early. Dream! Neptune is about the sleep world where our subconscious self travels to dimensions outside the earthly realm. Sleep helps mend the threads of our soul. Pay more attention to your dreams and what they say, the stories they tell you, the answers they give about you and your life. A great place to begin making your dreams come true. Record your dreams. Keep a sleep journal right next to your bed.

9. Awaken your creativity! Regain contact with your inner child. Spontaneity, playfulness and creativity is possessed by this part of ourselves; it's the pathway to awakening to who we truly are. Dance, painting, poetry, photography are effective means of centering and channeling the energies of a Neptune transit, as well as experiencing the more celestial realms of the spirit of this planet.

10. Meditate! The inner realm and abstract dimensions are our sources of inspiration. Neptune dissolves all forms and structures and take you into the center of your being to discover the capabilities and power of our intuition and inner guidance. Only if you allow her to!

An astronaut is standing on the edge of a lake of liquid methane at the bottom of a large impact crater. Exploring the moon of a distant gaseous planet is a lonely and dangerous calling for a lone space traveler.

NEPTUNE is the eighth planet from the Sun in our solar system. It has 13 moons, the largest of which is named Triton. The other moons are: Naiad, Thalassa, Despina, Galatea, Larissa, Proteus, Nereid, Halimede, Sao, Laomedeia, Neso, and Psamathe.

For a reading contact: The Eco-Goddess @ ecosensualliving at gmail dot com

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Eco-Sensual Living: The Spirit of Tea Time!

I am a long time, passionate tea drinker! Matters not the weather outside but more so the leaves of the earth that are inside. I drink tea for a few good reasons and during special moments:

1) it is a part of my daily eco-sensual morning ritual
2) it puts me in a meditative state of mind and slows me down
3) it enhances my journaling or creative writing moments
4) I love sitting and sipping tea with friends - its always on the menu when you visit the temple
5) I drink it for the medicinal power and purpose.

I energize my teas with solar power - Sun kissing my herbal infusions and giving it a powerful boost!
I buy my herbs (organic preferred) in bulk and create my own mixtures.

Jar # 1 - Red Raspberry Leaves - an astringent and general toner & strengthener of the uterus, helps relieve cramps from fibroids.

Jars # 2 & 3 - BLESSED THISTLE - a “bitter” that aids digestion and works on a congested liver. It increases breast milk and is an emotional ally to uplift spirits

BURDOCK ROOT - blood purifier, increasing circulation to the skin, helping to detoxify the epidermal tissues, it produces a diuretic effect on the body which aids the filtering of impurities from the bloodstream. By promoting perspiration, Burdock Root eliminates toxins through the skin. It is also known for inhibiting and slowing cancerous tumors.

YELLOW DOCK ROOT - increases iron levels and tones the intestinal lining and slows bleeding; a blood purifier, supports bladder, kidney, and liver function, great for bowel health.

DANDELION ROOT - excess phlegm can promote tumors. DR helps prevent cancer by breaking up phlegm and eliminating it from the system; improves kidney function, is an antidiabetic and contains phytochemicals with antifatigue activity.

INFUSING your HERBS is best! I place them outside in the sun before noon and let them sit there until the sun begins to melt and cool off. Then they are READY to do their magic!!