Temperance is how Siddhartha found enlightenment and became Buddha. He started his last incarnation as a prince who enjoyed every physical advantage: money, comfort, food, girls, entertainment, the best schooling…you name it, he had it. He never saw anything remotely sad, sick, old, or icky. After he married his wife, he began to wonder if there was more to life than this gilded cage he was in. He came to understand there was, and set upon his new path.
Thinking he needed to turn his back on all his previous pleasures, he made his life as plain and bleak as he could. At one point he was trying so hard to be “holy”, he damn near starved himself to death. He then realized, like it or not, he was stuck in a human body and needed to take care of it so he could then become enlightened. The destruction of this body would mean he had to start all over again!
That’s when Siddhartha recognized the need for Temperance…The Middle Way. Therefore, this coming month your goal is finding balance in all things. Have a glass of wine, a scoop of ice cream, exercise without killing yourself, read a good book, take a nap if you need it, and generally be nice to yourself and your body. You need it to be healthy in order to do your work, look after those who rely upon you, and seek your higher purpose. Aim for just a glimmer of enlightenment each day balanced with down-to-earth human-ness. Spring is coming and we’re waking up!
Did you know that wherever you go, whatever you do, whether things are going along smoothly or you’ve hit a rough patch, you are never alone. Not even when you can’t see anyone around.
That sounds kind of ominous, doesn’t it? Almost as though someone is always lurking in the shadows waiting to pounce. Or trying to catch you doing something wrong.
But nobody is watching you… at least that I’m aware of. I’m not referring to a stalker. I’m not even referring to Santa watching to see whether you’re naughty or nice. I’m not speaking of Big Brother in George Orwell’s dystopian future from the book “1984” or even your mother after you’ve misbehaved. And I’m certainly not talking about a babysitter. Nope none of those are even close.
And while none of those people are watching you, you’re still not alone.
At all times of the day and night, from birth to death, whether or not you’re aware or even believe, you are constantly being attended by your spirit guides.
Don’t worry, it’s not scary or even intrusive. It’s no different than when you were told as a child that you were protected by your guardian angel. Your spirit guides are there for your support and well-being.
Spirit guides are at your disposal to give you guidance and assistance in all of life’s moments, big or small. They will help you make decisions and choices, easy or difficult. And they will never steer you wrong. You can always bank on your guides.
I know it sounds kind of full and busy, but there’s always elbow room because your guides aren’t here to crowd you or even to tell you what to do… at least, not unless you ask them.
What are they for? Excellent question. And the not so simple answer is that they are with you to educate, guide and assist you in your current lifetime. They are here to support you and to help you with life’s lessons.
But make no mistake, they are not here to do things for you. They’re not here to pick-up after you on a cosmic or karmic level. They’re not your maids.
Learn more in the March issue of the Great Conjunction newsletter.
They are here to…
Are the same guides with you all your life?
On January 21st, 2020, one of my dearest friends transitioned and left this plane. My heart is still aching. “Ingy” Ingersoll was a full-time musician and NE Ohio celebrity. You may have seen and heard her perform at Playhouse Square or at an upscale restaurant while you dined. You may have even sung with her at her Piano Bar. Ingy was closer to me than most of my family; she was family to me.
Members of Ingy’s family, friends and Great Conjunction are working together to create a scholarship in her name to help students studying music. We would be thrilled if you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution. If you’d like to participate, there is a tab for donations on the Great Conjunction website. More information about the scholarship will be forthcoming.
I was extremely honored that a tribute I wrote for Ingy was read at her memorial service. I would like to share it with you now.
The world is now a little dimmer and a little quieter.
There truly are angels among us and last night we lost a precious one. Deborah "Ingy" Ingersoll.
Mere words cannot accurately or adequately describe her. Ingy was incredibly talented but her heart was the most special aspect to her. She truly loved everyone and she loved unconditionally. And she lived Joy to the fullest.
When Ingy hugged you, you felt her unconditional love. When she smiled at you your heart would soar. When she laughed, you truly knew joy.
Through her joy of life and loving, and through her music, she created a community populated by people from all walks of life, every age, interest and background. We were all like satellites orbiting her sun. Deep, loving and lasting friendships were forged in the heat of her love and kindness.
Ingy touched my life in many profound ways. Simply having her in my life made me want to be a better person. She blessed me with her friendship and she became an important part of my family. She was always there to share my pains and my triumphs. Ingy even played an integral part in my wedding.
Now this angel has gone. And for those of us whose lives were blessed by Ingy, we must always love with abandon, laugh with vigor and sing. Just keep singing.
I am honored and so grateful that my heart is broken. To be in Ingy's heart, her life, was a gift beyond compare.
Good journey to you Ingy and from the bottom of my heart I thank you. I love you, my friend, my songbird.
The High Priestess represents, among other things, knowledge that doesn’t come through language. Her main representation is that of intuition—she’s the queen of the subconscious and your gut instincts. Add to that the concepts of preparation, study, and being receptive and we’ve got our advice for the month.
What does this mean practically speaking? I think there’s some kind of negotiation coming up. It could be for a new job, with your kids for more privileges, you asking for a raise, strategizing with your team, or anything that requires you to work with another person towards a goal. The High Priestess is telling you to “listen” with your guts and your eyes, not just your ears. Understand what’s NOT being said. Watch for nervousness, darting eyes, fiddling with pens, frowns, flashing teeth in fake smiles, or any of the little physical “tells” that people unconsciously make when they’re not being 100% forthcoming.
When there’s not 100% openness, that means something is being held back in reserve or there are hidden motives or truths. I don’t feel this less-than-perfect-honesty is malicious…it’s more like savvy negotiating and this could influence things one way or another. Therefore, when you go in knowing this, you’ll watch others more carefully, feel the energy of the room, and gather all the information that isn’t conveyed in words. Sometimes what ISN”T said is waaaaay more valuable than what is.
It’s highly appropriate that we get The Fool at this time of year. The new year, and decade, is fast approaching. This means we have the potential for ANYthing! However, with the reversal, it indicates some of your may be feeling nervous about new ideas, challenges, and adventures rather than embracing them fully. Generally, this trepidation comes from not wanting to make a mistake, appearing foolish, having your brilliant ideas judged stupid, or being embarrassed in any way.
The sad thing about this fear is you restrict or deny your innate free-spiritedness and joy in exploring life. This locks you into a stagnant cage that allows for little to no expression of self, creativity, or even breath.
What to do? Examine all the pros and cons of your situation, clever ideas, and prospective adventures and then go forth and solve the problems! invent the next best widget! and hike the Appalachian Trail! If you don’t make mistakes or try something new, you won’t fulfill the true possibilities of your life. So what if you goof! Ask yourself “What’s the BFD?” Is there Blood? Is there Fire? Was there Death? No? Then fix the goof and move on. LIVE your lives, people!
Happy December, folks!