Symbols of change, metamorphosis, flight and light.
There were three eagle feathers on my lawn this week, as well as a sweet black and white feather and a pretty little green and yellow one that floated down from the sky as I walked to work. The Bear presented me with a black feather at dinner last night, prompting me to tell my family about all the feathers I had been seeing around, and to top it off a fluffy white feather jumped up from the table next to my son’s plate as I was talking. As if that wasn’t enough for me to take notice, a gorgeous, finely marked blue and black butterfly, fresh from the chrysalis came and aired its wings within touching distance from me yesterday.
Things seem pretty stable at the moment – but I know from past experience that doesn’t mean a goddamn thing. Change can happen in the blink of an eye – a phone call, an email or a chance meeting can change everything.
There are a couple of other things that have me on alert for change – the first is that astrologically this is a very intense time. March 17th will see the sixth and final square between Uranus and Pluto – the last one was in December (remember the Lindt cafe hostage crisis and Ferguson?). With Uranus, think unexpected, alternative, technology, radical, new. With Pluto think controlling, destruction, obsession, phoenix from the ashes, globalisation. We have been living this adventure since 2012 – and I’m betting your life has undergone some pretty radical changes since then. So, that’s the first one. The second one is that April – June is when things happen to us as a family. No kidding. A little list of radical changes that have occurred at this time:
- Moving from Sydney to here in 2000.
- Buying and moving to where we live now in 2003.
- Birth of our first child 2004.
- Going back to work 2006.
- The Bear made redundant 2008.
- Birth of our second child 2008.
- The local Growers Market I founded and ran from 2009 finished here in 2012.
- Began blogging 2012.
- Began house extension 2011.
- The Bear got his dream job 2012.
- Next stage of renovation completed 2013.
- Won my first ever writing prize for poetry 2014.
So you see – when I see feathers and butterflies in the final hit of the zap zone, just before our bonkers change months…my ears prick up. I’ll keep you posted :).
Is there a time of year in your life when things come together, fall apart or when you expect the unexpected?
Best Short Read
The reason I chose this article, apart from the fact that I enjoyed reading it, was because the title pretty much sums up the spiritual work we have all been doing in some way over the past three years. Authenticity. Finding your calling. Finding out what really matters to you and working head down bum up to achieve it.
The experience of finding your calling is both mysterious and practical. It takes effort but also seems to happen to you at times. What I’ve come to understand is that finding your purpose is more of a path than a plan: it involves unexpected twists and turns that at times look like accidents but actually are a part of the process. Everyone, I think, is searching for a purpose, for something to satisfy their deepest desires. I believe that “something” is a calling. What does that mean? To me, a calling means the reason you were born. It’s that thing you were meant to do. And finding it is never as simple or as easy as we’d like it to be.
What I learned
Elizabeth Gilbert on how to connect without getting pricked – Schopenhauer’s Porcupine theory.
The Bear sent me this yesterday:
“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it’s a feather bed.” ― Terence McKenna
Needless to say, I loved it <3.
It also totally made up for this one that he sent me previously.
Keep your ridiculous suffering to yourself, Tom Waits.
The Wanderings of the Avener Okay, I’m pretty excited about this album; it’s been on repeat ever since my boss recommended it to me a few days ago. And, it’s actually new, as in January 2015. You know you can trust me to get all your latest music ;).
The Wanderings is French Deep House producer The Avener’s debut album. Described as electro meets jazz, blues, folk and funk, this album pretty much covers all of my favourite music genres :). The album also features reworkings of little known songs by Rodriguez, John Lee Hooker, Mazzy Star, The Be Good Tanyas, Andy Bey and Adam Cohen. Have a listen – it’s awesome <3. Plus, if you’re a Spotify user like me, it’s well worth the effort to check out his playlists.
That’s all from me today my friends <3. Have a beautiful weekend won’t you?