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June: A Month of Introspection and Soul Growth
by Henry Selzer
The astrology of June features Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Chiron, Neptune and Pluto. With Mercury retrograde for the past two weeks, from the time of the recent mid-May New Moon, we are seeing the world around us through a lens of introspection and serious purpose. This is especially so, since Saturn is also prominent in this month’s astrology, being then opposed by the Sun and Moon, and by also Mars. The symbolism of Jupiter, bringing his positive and expansive vibration, is invoked in this cycle as well, because at that timing Jupiter closely aspected transformative Pluto and was in exact bi-quintile to Chiron, the Wounded Healer. This indicates that when we look inside, and sincerely try to understand our innermost motivation, the rewards are available in terms of discovering where we have suffered trauma in the past, and may yet heal. By removing obstacles to growth in this way we release stuck psychic energy and free ourselves up for moving ahead along the arc of development that we have always, at soul-level, intended. Thus we can finally accomplish getting to where we have always needed to go, if only our fears did not hold us back.
Mercury is still retrograde at the beginning of the month, in its own sign, stemming from just one day past the recent New Moon of two weeks past, so that this entire lunation cycle, culminating in the first two weeks of June, is characterized by the reflective nature of this time. During this period, we are not only more internal in our thoughts, and in the way that we communicate to our peers, but we are also concerned in a very fundamental way with addressing the issue of our values; we might want to reflect on the question of those aspects of our lives that we believe to be basic, and cherish most deeply. Mercury stations to direct motion on Thursday, June 11th, and does not escape its retrograde shadow until June 26th.
Because this month has so much emphasis on Neptune, there is a spiritual quality to these investigations, and also a feeling of oneness and compassion that is palpable. Everyone is also subject to some degree of confusion and illusion at this time, because Neptune’s etheric energy does not blend easily into the exigencies of earl-world activities. Chiron, the Wounded Healer, highlighted in this month’s configurations, is along with Neptune also located in mystical Pisces. This is an indication of the spiritual connection that we must now make to the cosmos above us, and to our own deeper nature that we can find deep within ourselves, if we want to make progress on our own healing and on that of the world.
The seriousness and slowing down of Saturn in the early degrees of Sagittarius that also strongly characterizes this timeframe implies that while you might encounter great difficulty in getting done what you want to accomplish, the lessons involved will be longer lasting. Saturn in early Sagittarius is about to cross backward, on the evening of June 14th, into Scorpio, indicating a distinct shift in the energy to be expansive and in touch with the desires of the cosmos for you to grow. This is followed by the dynamic late Gemini New Moon, leading to an exciting final two weeks of June, full of powerful positivity and soul growth, as well as new ideas for getting on with the arc of your individual development.
What Kind of Parent Are You?
by Dr. Marta
My parents didn’t show much encouragement for my interests. When my father worked with wood, he wouldn’t let me hammer nails. Neither parent indulged my love for horses, and they hardly ever attended my gymnastics events or field hockey games. I felt like they didn’t really know me.
Another type of parent I call over-involved. They make decisions for a child based on pre-conceived notions of who and what they want that child to do and be. Regardless of his feelings, these parents pressure him into activities they choose. They force him into sports when he wants to play chess. They make her play the violin when she wants to play drums. They hush their loud, social extravert because they want a quiet, compliant introvert. These parents don’t allow their child’s worldview to differ from their own. They make little effort to understand life from the child’s point of view.
Review of “The Adventures of Blue Belly and Sugar Shaker”
by Corinne L. Casazza
Reviewed by Holly Bishop
What do you get when you cross a beautiful, stubborn red head with a local mobster, a too-good-to-be-true real estate deal and an unearthed skeleton? You get The Adventures of Blue Belly and Sugar Shaker by Corinne L. Casazza, a playful tale about two BFF’s whose lives are turned upside-down when they discover they each have newly acquired “super powers” they don’t yet know how to control.
Sugar’s super power is the ability to read the energy of people and places. And best friend Blue can manifest objects at will. That’s right, she just thinks about something and it shows up. These two characters struggle with their gifts just as they’re handling some other challenges—namely, the loss of a viable real estate business for Sugar and the theft of all the dresses in Blue’s bridal salon. On top of that, Sugar can’t decide if she’s more attracted to her wealthy, powerful mobster partner or her less affluent, but very handsome, hammer-wielding ex-boyfriend.
Sugar’s determination to solve these problems will put her courage to the test. Blue Belly, Sugar Shaker, and the men who care about them will have to dig deep to get Sugar out of trouble and restore sanity to their discombobulated lives.
Casazza has penned a fast, fun read (209 pages on Kindle). This entertaining tale with a whimsical storyline also reveals some real gems about the arts of manifestation and reading energy.
The Adventures of Blue Belly and Sugar Shaker is available on Amazon Kindle. You can find it here: http://ow.ly/Kxjkj
For more information about the author, visit her web site at http://www.CorinneCasazza.com, her Facebook fan page at: https://www.facebook.com/CasazzaWriting or her Amazon author page at: www.Amazon.com/Author/CorinneCasazza
by Sandra Ingerman and Llyn Roberts
Imagine strolling on a mossy trail in a dense, wet forest. You breathe in the freshly scented air, rich in oxygen and negative ions. It is springtime in the rain forest. Everything is green and flowing and blooming.
Seeming to walk with you on the lush and sopping trail, moving so slowly that you barely see it move at all, is a small, plump snail-like creature with no shell. Of the countless nature beings I live with in the Hoh River Valley, the Banana Slug is a prolific and intriguing presence.
Why are Banana Slugs called Banana Slugs? The skin of a Banana Slug is colored yellow with brown spots, like the casing of a ripe banana. . . .
Soft, fleshy, and fragile, the Banana Slug has no protective shell like its snail cousin.
Does Slug mirror our underbelly?
The divine feminine knows there is power in being vulnerable. Does this tiny being cause us to bristle because it hints at those parts of us that we deny or conceal? The sensual, sensitive aspects of the sacred feminine are still something many of us hide as well as hide from. . . .
How do we honor Banana Slug medicine, touch back into tactile Earthiness? One way is to learn from young children who love to lie on the grass gazing up at clouds and stars, run through summer downpours, and squish mud between their toes. The simple, sensual explorations that occupy healthy youngsters signal a hearty connection with body and the Earth. These kids are in touch. . . .
Spirit and body are inseparable. We are also one with our planet’s body. Touch is innate to who we are and how we know self, and world. Banana Slug suggests we get back in touch, with each other and the Earth.
Banana Slugs are vital to the decomposition of plants and spread seeds and spores across the forest floor. They are also amazingly sentient. Come to Slug with malice, and it retracts and plays dead. Speak in a soothing tone, and this fellow being may lift its head and turn to look at you. Chatting with Banana Slugs can make me weep.
Life would take a different spin if we also hugged the land like trusting and tender Slugs, who appear happy to be in their bodies here on Earth. The unguarded Banana Slug freely shares her deep feminine teachings: “Remember the sensual, and the power of little.”