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Sedona Conscious Magazine Summer 2014

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September 2014

By Henry Seltzer

An Amazing and Somewhat Confusing Month of August

The astrology of September features Uranus, Neptune, Saturn, and Chiron. The powerful Saturn and Neptune archetypes are entirely antithetical to each other, and yet were each highlighted at the time of the recent Virgo New Moon – from the beginning of the last full week of August – that began the current cycle. This is because this New Moon opposed Neptune in its own sign of Pisces, which also receives various aspects from personal planets as the month unfolds, while Saturn and Mars were closely conjunct one another, at the 17+ degree mark of Scorpio. Saturn implies restrictions and limitations, and is somewhat stifling to the forward-going energy of Mars, representing action. Neptune is symbolic of otherworldly dimensions intuitively sensed; a reality that is orthogonal to our everyday affairs, and which underlies everything that we say and do.
Then we might look to Venus, Uranus and also Chiron, the Wounded Healer, at 16+ degrees of their respective signs, all forming powerful aspects to Saturn and Mars at the time of this potent New Moon. We therefore can expect themes over the course of this month represented by both the practical and grounded experience indicated by strong Saturn and as well the flights of fancy as symbolized the otherworldly energies of Uranus and Neptune. We have one foot in and one foot out of the physical plane as we head into fall and the prospect of further transformation and self-revelation.
The fact that Chiron was also aspected by all the personal planets in their line-up in the 17th or the 18th degree of their respective signs implies the underlying angst that change, and especially sudden change, brings. Plenty of partner activity is coming up, and along with that comes recognition of the wounding that prevents our fullest participation in relationship. The Full Moon that comes along on Monday, September 8th, aligns with Chiron as well, so that there is a steady stream of inner work from each of us that is called upon during the timing of these key moments in September entire monthly cycle.
This Virgo New Moon from August 25th was another in a series of powerful lunations, bringing the archetypal combinations of Saturn-Neptune, Saturn-Uranus and Uranus-Pluto into sharp focus over the course another rather intense monthly cycle. The Sun and Moon that opposed Neptune also made a forming quintile aspect to Saturn, while the other three personal planets, Mercury, Venus and Mars, all made closely aspecting to Saturn as well. Mars being conjunct Saturn in the eighteenth degree of Scorpio; Venus, lodged at 16+ degrees of Leo, was thus closely trine Uranus, square Saturn and bi-quintile Pluto.
In another chime with these emergent outer planet energies, a yod formed from Neptune and Pluto to Jupiter, which at the New Moon timing exactly opposed the Neptune-Pluto mid-point. With Uranus and Pluto nearing their next exact square, coming up in mid-December, the changeful beat of this climactic year continues. This involvement with Jupiter and also Neptune implies that spiritual components play an important role now in integrating the transformational effects that have been underway, and in preparing for the changes yet to come as we head into the ending of the year.

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grail-book_14Grail Alchemy: Initiation in the Celtic Mystery Tradition

by Mara Freeman

Excerpt: Connecting with the Higher Self

It will take most of us countless lifetimes to attain the union of Soul and Spirit, an achievement we usually associate with a few exceptional men and women like Theresa of Avila, Meister Eckhart, Ramana Maharshi, or the Buddha: those whom we call mystics or enlightened ones who have achieved a state of direct union with God or the Absolute. Yet we do in fact have access to a high spiritual source through a Higher Self (sometimes called the Divine Self) which resides within each of us and with whom we can make a connection. In some esoteric circles the Higher Self is called the Holy Guardian Angel, and regarded as one of the angelic kingdom who resides outside of ourselves and who walks by our side as a guide and mentor from birth to death. Yet, as Dion Fortune writes, it is not a separate entity at all:

The Higher Self is a single, unified whole, which builds up around the Divine Spark, which is the nucleus of each human manifestation.

This spiritual influence emanates from the highest Source, the Great Spirit, Radiant Mystery or Absolute, yet is ‘stepped down’ in frequency so that the human nervous system can handle the energy.
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Be Your Own Herbal Expert (Part 8)

by Susun S Weed

Healing sweets: herbal honeys, syrups, and cough drops (Part 2)



Herbal syrups are sweetened, condensed herbal infusions. Cough drops are concentrated syrups. Alcohol is frequently added to syrups to help prevent fermentation and stabilize the remedy. Cough drops and lozenges, having less water, keep well without the addition of alcohol.
Bitter herbs, especially when effective in a fairly small dose, are often made into syrups: horehound, yellow dock, dandelion, chicory, and motherwort spring to mind in this regard.

Herbs that are especially effective in relieving throat infections and breathing problems are also frequently made into syrups, especially when honey is used as the sweetener: coltsfoot flowers (not leaves), comfrey leaves (not roots), horehound, elder berries, mullein, osha root, pine, sage, and wild cherry bark are favorites for “cough” syrups.


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Parenting With Authenticity

By Dr. Marta Adelsman

I grew up with parents who played roles.  My father wore the commander-in-chief mask, using orders and threats to try to control my sister and me.  My mother played the consoler.  Rarely did they reveal the real person behind the roles.
You probably saw your parents play roles, too, and those roles became the model for what a parent “ought” to be.  Later, if you had children, you slipped easily into the mold of that “ought.”

As perceptive little people, your children know when you play a role. They see right through your inauthenticity.  Since they don’t know how to talk about their perceptions and their feelings, they let you know you’re being inauthentic by misbehaving.  You, their teachers or your friends may label them as “sassy,” “trouble-makers,” or “disobedient.”  They push your buttons and, just when you want them to behave and make you look good, they embarrass you in front of your friends.  Can you tell I’ve been there?

A wise parent will learn from the feedback provided by their children’s misbehavior.  When you can see their acting out as a mirror for your own lack of authenticity, you have taken a big step toward becoming more authentic.


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