''The elf-queene, with hir joly compaignie, Daunced ful ofte in many a grene mede.” Geoffrey Chaucer "The Wife of Bath’s Tale"


With 6-7 planets retrograde and  Mercury in the pre-retrograde shadow phase some are wondering what hit them!  Knowing it's the stars doesn't help much so try to hang on.  Don't make big decisions until after the Autumnal Equinox - or later!  I'm a natural recluse but still means tighten the reins, activate Ninja mode (practice invisibility), nest in etc.  In spite of all that, I've already been smacked sideways so watch out, take care, metaphorically hide under the bed, pray/invoke protection/shielding to ride this out.


Eckhart Tolle
"No matter what happens, I will create no more pain for myself,
 I will create no more problems".


Change is inevitable and most wish positive change, but with the planets retrograde/eclipses things may go south w/o notice. Join me while I practice my best 'be like the bamboo' flexibility aka nonresistance!  I'm the first to admit I stay on the go, mission driven, Miss Fix-it, multipurpose gitter-done, never give up personality (annoying I'm sure to laid back genres), but that seems to be my lot in life.  That said, I'm ever grateful for Eckhart Tolle and others sharing how to practice Presence - experiencing/acceptance that allows life to change/move on.   Thank you.


Some would like to be more empowered in everyday practical life, delegating reality from the inside out rather than reacting to what's out there. The first step is always the biggest - candid self-assessment of our current status!  Just begin with seeking  improvement and The Universe responds.  A few tips to get going are, claim:
  1. "I create my own reality"
  2. "I am a miracle worker" (Miracles are technology we don't fully understand yet)
  3.  "Reality merely out-pictures my collective thinking so can be changed"
  4. "Reality is software playing so insert preferred software aka new thoughts!"
  5. " Imagination creates reality, so pretend til it's real"
  6. "My reality is my movie - I'm the star, the extra's, the producer and director, screenwriter etc"
Freely, generously bestow your beautiful gifts of peace on Earth, goodwill to men
 You get the drift!  Heal the Earth, ourselves, the world - join us.  Life is beautiful.


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Mercury Retrograde 2018. Mercury enters the retrograde zone on July 7, 2018 at 11°31′ Leo. Now until Mercury stationary retrograde is called the first shadow period. During this time you will get an idea of the thinking, communication or transport issues that will arise during the retrograde phase.

Mercury Retrograde July 2018 ~ Roaring Mail

We have a Mercury retrograde commencing July 26 2018 in Leo. The traditional advice is “Don’t travel, Don’t sign contracts. Don’t marry. Don’t touch electrics!” However, the whole Mercury retrograde cycle actually lasts eight weeks and happens three times, sometimes even four times in a year! That’s a long time to hide under the duvet and a real waste of a truly magical time.


To all of us that prefer to direct our own paths, letting go of our negative beliefs and convictions isn't easy!  We seek to protect ourself from pain, afraid of losing control, money, position, love etc, including all the ego driven identities we possess.  Along the way we've lost touch with faith and trust, which the lack of often creates the very blocks in our way.  One way out of all of this is to get present, cease thinking until our  consciousness reboots!  Try it. 


Is it just here at The Cottage or has time speeded up again?   Seems even more so since the Solstice in June, when I began exploring off the beaten path real estate online.  Nothing right for me so far but fun to see what's out there. The perception time going faster puts a bit of pressure on completing projects/making changes, even when aware of the planets currently retrograde.  


In case you're wondering, the planetary aspects are dicey right now and Mercury Retrograde pre-shadow begins July 11. . . . . sigh.  Lay low, hang on, stay put and reserve commitments and agreements until all the above is history.


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Bamboo is flexible, bending with the wind but never breaking, capable of adapting to any circumstance. It suggests resilience, meaning that we have the ability to bounce back even from the most difficult times.


Back in December 2011 I published this post, "Victory Garden", sharing the message from Divinity to 'get off the beaten path and grow food'.  Because of  family ties and responsibilities this remained on the back burner but sense the timeline shifting forward now.  Let's see where it goes.


TGIF!  It's funny that I still think that way after being retired for years,  revealing habitual thinking even when life moved on.  Time to review and release stuck attention, needed today.


Going beyond the five physical senses: the bridge to universal consciousness

Your seventh sense is your doorway to the Universal Self via Unity Consciousness. Bypassing physicality, it is direct access to all information contained within the entire Universe — relative to your physical world. No intermediary or channeling is involved. It has been called the Akashic records by some, or the Hall of Records. Another term coined by this author is The Universal Library.How do you know you are accessing your seventh sense? Every human being intermittently uses his or her seventh sense, but most do so unconsciously. All you have to do is tap into your seventh sense and inquire.
This happens by sitting quietly in contemplation — or remaining in a state of open wonderment. The wonder of a child is still contained within you, as you, and is a gateway to greater knowledge. In reality, all of life is a gateway to higher consciousness or enlightenment—Self-Knowledge.
Want to know how the Universe works? Or mankind’s true history? Ask! The information will flow to you at a level you can understand,

27-Jun-2018 11:54pm CDT Full Moon

*FULL MOON* in Capricorn seeks to gift us CLARITY
by calling forth the Elder within us to rise.

She invites us to step into our center and
meet the teacher within the within
that embodies the center point
in the karmic wheel of life.

We have in every new moment of the present,
the ability to shift what has been and
create a new action with new ripples.

We are being asked to embody our responsibility
as human Beings and meet whatever is rising.

Not with old fangled reactionary impulses,
but with an open presence that can
intersect the past with new understanding.

Elder medicine teaches us that cultivation of wisdom
is born out of accountability of our actions
and a compassionate understanding of
their effects on others.

We gain in wisdom every time we
step through that threshold.

We mature and our roots grow deeper
each time we consider the effects.

And clarity dawns her light upon us,
when we let go of the mental constructs that bind us,
and align with the broader understanding
that lies just beneath the surface.

Blessings to our dear hearts~

27-Jun-2018 11:54pm CDT FULL MOON IN CAPRICORN


Kat Tenbarge,
This year’s Strawberry Moon, which marks the short harvesting season for strawberries, offers an exciting event for celestial sightseers. But this year, Saturn’s opposition will be visible at the same time as an already gorgeous June full moon.
Stargazers on the East Coast can look up at 12:53 a.m. Eastern to catch the best glimpse of the moon and Saturn, which will be at its closest and brightest position of the summer. But if you aren’t in the Eastern time zone, have no fear. Inverse has rounded up peak viewing times for the Strawberry Moon and Saturn.
  • CDT (Central Daylight Time): 11:53 p.m. (June 27)


Speaking of change, it's time I made some changes, in attitude and mindset.  Acknowledging this and more, reveals self-imposed limitations, mainly due to domestication/brainwashing to be careful/play it safe.  It's always the right time to stretch/challenge ourself, and chase that dream we have on the back burner. .  .  join me.


As we all know, change is a fact of life and happens whether we like it or not.  Sometimes though, even seemingly negative change turns out to be good in the long run.  People get fired, get dumped, betrayed etc and forced to move on, discover better.  That said, when change we don't like pops up, try viewing it as a blessing and see what happens. 


In case things are going south, remember Mars goes Retrograde June 26.  Some networkers report things awry via the pre-retrograde phase and taking counter measures.  Here at The Cottage, I'm still in a holding pattern, with no clear direction yet. Per team's suggestion, I've refreshed the Home Temple/study but so far nothing appeals to me so maybe that's it  -- just lay low and stop trying to figure it out.    


Many of us like to read our horoscope, but how many realize the powerful influence of the stars in our lives?   I never paid much attention to astrology other than asking "What's your sign" back in day, until a few years ago I met a networker that shared Sissy's birth-time.  I was amazed at how much alike they were, impressing me that astrology's for real, programming us and our lives. Another example was when reuniting with old chums that share my birthday, after no contact for 20 years,  to find our lives were very carbon copy/similar including same vocations and naming our sons the same name. We love to feel like we're unique, self determined with choices so it's really a reality shifter to realize there's more to it.  So just a reminder life will go smoother if we align with/act when the stars are friendly.


Of the I Ching, a Chinese method of divination which Jung regarded as the clearest expression of the synchronicity principle, he wrote:
    "The Chinese mind, as I see it at work in the I Ching, seems to be exclusively preoccupied with the chance aspect of events. What we call coincidence seems to be the chief concern of this peculiar mind, and what we worship as causality passes almost unnoticed...While the Western mind carefully sifts, weighs, selects, classifies, isolates, the Chinese picture of the moment encompasses everything down to the minutes nonsensical detail, because all of the ingredients make up the observed moment."
Jung discovered the synchronicity within the I Ching also extended to astrology. In a letter to Freud dated June 12, 1911, he wrote:
    "My evenings are taken up largely with astrology. I make horoscopic calculations in order to find a clue to the core of psychological truth. Some remarkable things have turned up which will certainly appear incredible to you...I dare say that we shall one day discover in astrology a good deal of knowledge that has been intuitively projected into the heavens."


Are you ready for the Summer Solstice,  June 21, 2018, 5:07 a.m. CDT?  Whether you celebrate the first day of summer or just light a candle/flic your Bic, many like to align with the energy to empower new projects, perhaps their garden, flower essences, making wine, redecorating, moving, vacation  or even a June wedding?  Remember to lighten up, play and have fun since The Universe mirrors back to us what we impress it with.