Yup, I’m going there – Solar Eclipse Day

Photo courtesy of Nasa

Hey there,

Well you know I’m going to be here today.  If you didn’t, are ya new?  🙂  Any of my regular readers know that a large part of my beliefs, or woo woo is the night sky.  Today, we are going to experience a solar eclipse.  In fact, the solar eclipse is happening right now elsewhere, but here in Southern Ontario we will see it starting around 1:10 p.m. this afternoon.  Get your pinhole cameras ready!

What, exactly is a solar eclipse?  Well, plain and simple, without the sky nerd text…a solar eclipse happens when the Moon (which circles the Earth) passes between the Earth and the Sun and sends a shadow across the Sun, virtually blocking it out.  We get to see it because it’s happening during our daylight hours. Depending on where you live on the Earth you will see a full to partial darkening of the Sun by today’s New Moon.  Here where I live under the blue roof,  it is expected that we will have about a 70% shadow over the Sun.

The good news? The Sun is actually shining today! Yay!  I know, it is Summer, however anyone reading from anywhere else in the world…our Summer here this year has been rather cool with not as much Sun as we expect. Ok, no whining about the weather – I’m not, because I melt in the heat, especially when we have day after day of it.

This whole solar eclipse thing – on the level that we will experience it here today, is kind of a once in a lifetime thing.  That’s what the big deal is about.  Actually getting to watch as the Moon passes across the Sun should give most people, even those who don’t really pay much attention to this stuff, a feeling or realization of how the Earth, the Moon and the Sun “work” and that we are, in fact, just a speck in a much larger universe.  We all know the Moon is there.  But today?  Today we actually get to see the Moon, or the Moon’s shadow roll past.  It will get people thinking – and talking – and that’s such a good thing!  Especially with all the negative things that have been happening lately.  Something else to think about.

It’s very cool.

For a sky watcher like myself?  I’m “over the Moon” – pun intended. 🙂

It’s very eerie and still and quiet outside this morning.  Almost like nature knows that something big is occurring.

It’s a big week for me too.  Not just because it’s my birthday week – the 23rd is the big day – but because there’s a lot going on in the sky for my birth chart right now. It’s not a milestone birthday for me, but planet-wise, there is lots of movement in different areas of my life.  (Rats.  Just remembered I have to get my license renewed, driver’s, that is…)

The biggie?  Today, August 21st, the solar eclipse day, is the peak date for my Progressed Sun to be square my Ascendent.  That is a biggie.  First, progressed means the progression of a planet, in this case the Sun, through the years of your life and how it affects you in different areas.  The Sun progression is very slow and usually in an average long life span of a human, the Sun will only travel through about a quarter of your birth chart. Many go through their entire life without the Sun ever really zeroing in on any particular area. It’s there, but it stays in the background.  When it “lands” or touches or relates with another planet or house, changes are in the air.  My Ascendent is Cancer, or the Earth Mother sign.  The Ascendent is in your first house; your style, the first impression you make.  A square usually means some tension, or difficulty. Depending on which house – there are twelve, representing various areas of your life – the Sun is in, that tells you where to expect the changes.

Without giving away my secrets – and I am secretive and can keep a secret – there are definitely big changes happening for me right now with regard to what is important, my interests and how I project myself in the world.  Yup, my Earth Mother is definitely coming through more and more as I progress.

I had dinner with a friend a couple of weeks ago.  She is someone who I’ve been acquainted with for about 20 years.  We know each other, but we don’t know each other on a really personal level.  I probably know a lot more about her than she does about me.  She is chatty and I…keep things close.  We enjoy each other’s company and the conversation is always lively.  She soooo doesn’t get what I’ve gone through with leaving the corporate world and now being a caregiver for my parents.  We saw each other much more often when I was the “corporate” me.  That’s ok.  I still very much enjoy our dinners and getting caught up.  I did the corporate world for 34 years.  I remember.  We lead much different lives, but that’s what makes the conversation interesting!

I always get the questions:  “So, are you going back to work?” and “Aren’t you bored?”.

Ummmm, first of all, define “work”.  And bored?  I don’t have time to be bored.  Haha – this is just the tip of the iceberg in all things Earth Mother and the changes and the morphing that I have been going through.

What have I been up to?

Gardening, for one.  Not just my flowers and herbs, but I’m growing veggies now, which is some work and now that there is harvesting, something has to be done with the food – that’s work.  I also volunteer some time gardening at a community garden through my garden club.  I’m part of a garden club and love all things plants. (But you already know that!)  I make my own medicine, vinegars, tinctures and oils using plants.  I teach classes sometimes.  I’m part of a book club and I read.  A lot.  I organize a social meet-up group – and we are busy, I’m in the process of organizing a social art group and getting that set up. I deal with all of my parents’ needs.  I write.  You’re thinking, “not very much lately”, but I have been writing, I just haven’t been writing here.  Not expanding on that one just yet.  I’m out on the boat, weather permitting and have a social life at the boat club.  I love to cook and I love to make things by hand.  I go to classes and workshops, of many varieties.  I am constantly researching things and learning.  I love all things art and nature.  There’s my Ascendent.  I’ve always loved all things art and nature and to learn, but now I’m giving myself the time and space to live in it and do my own thing.  And then there’s the thinking…lots and lots of thinking.  Also of course, I own a house, and they don’t run themselves. 🙂  Lots of “I’s” there, huh? Permission given to be a little selfish during this progression…besides, the Sun and the Moon are in Leo…

Nope, I’m not bored.  I’ve created a whole different world for myself in the past five years.  Five is my number, I’ve written about that before here.  So the Sun, progressing or shining his spotlight on my Ascendent at this time makes perfect sense.  This world, this so-not-corporate world, is the one I feel most at home in.  Still a bossy pants – some things never change…

“Am I going back to “work”?”  “Not the corporate world work”, I thought, “How about never?  Is never good for you?”  I’ve found my happy place.  I’m reinventing myself and in change mode and it feels pretty good.

Think the whole woo woo, sky and planet thing is a bunch of bunk?  I challenge you to have your birth chart prepared by someone who knows what they’re doing.  I guarantee, you will be amazed at what you find out about yourself. 🙂  Contact me if you’d like a recommendation.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams”
-Henry David Thoreau

Sorry to disappoint if you were looking for some plant talk today.  Instead, a little sage wisdom and advice. (See what I did there?) 🙂  The pouring out of feelings; the emptying of the soul.  We’ll talk about sage another time – hint – sage is feminine, all about the woo woo and yes, you can smoke it! 🙂

Today’s colour is ivory.

Enjoy the wonder of today’s solar eclipse in Leo!  Yes, Leo is ruled by the Sun on this “Moon-day”.  Mo(o)nday is ruled by the Moon, also in Leo today, doubly powerful, full speed ahead with all things ego.

Until next time,

-Debra

Colour Therapy

Lavender

Hey there,

Anybody else goofed up with the time change?  Ughh it takes me days to adapt – the kitties too.  For those coming back from vacation, or out from hibernation – we’re now in Daylight Saving Time.  Be careful on the roads!  Although, very nice to have it lighter at the dinner hour, especially for those who BBQ!  No need for head lamps while cooking for a while.  Thank you from my hair.  🙂

Looks like a rainy week for March Break (no thank you from my hair).  My condolences to the kids (and those trying to keep them occupied) and all those skiers out there.  The earth is actually squishy – the frost did not go deep this year. Green friends are popping out and I’m busy repotting.

I haven’t seen a robin yet, but the starlings are back, so are the red-winged black birds and I saw a grackle this morning.  Between those birds and the tree rats – the bird seed and suet doesn’t last.  It’s a bit of a guess as to when to take them down.  I only feed with nyger seed for the Goldfinches during the mild months. There are enough wild goodies in the meadow for the many birds I get here at Blue Roof Living – so looking forward to the seasons ahead!  We have to be mindful of bears here, so no suet or protein seeds, like sunflower, to tempt them.  Usually, I take everything down in April and provide water instead (for the birds – not the bears!).

I recently saw The Messenger – a documentary about the decline in songbirds.  Really fascinating and very well done.  An eye opener as to changes all around us. If you get a chance to see it – do!

So what else to look forward to this week?  Apart from my daughter’s birthday –  St. Patrick’s Day of course! Can you say green beer? (Not since school…)  The music is fun though.  I will be attending such an event, although I won’t be partaking in any green beer – ew – I’ll wear something green.  Even though it looks like the colour for Thursday will be turquoise, which is kind of a green-blue!

In case you are wondering – Mr. G is safely back being City Kitty again.  Still sporting two eyes, two ears, all four legs (although he did get a pedi while here) and (most) of his fur.  I call that a successful visit.  Thanks Ralph.

Wondering about the colour thing I keep mentioning?  A little woo woo, if you please…

The colours that I mention correspond to different planets.  The colours themselves, represent different feelings and emotions.  Colours themselves are thought to be healing as they also correspond to different systems and organs within the body.  Part of that is the rainbow (for the puppies and flowers crowd – don’t worry, be happy) and the Chakras – ROYGBIV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet).  Most have heard about the Chakras, and the puppies and flowers crowd – but I digress…  There is such a thing as colour therapy.  Some believe that wearing certain colours will help with various ailments.  Think about how you feel when you wear bright yellow or orange.  Lipstick red.  Green trees.  Dark and light.  Hot and cold. It’s all very interesting.

The planets also correspond to days of the week and have feelings and emotions of their own.  There are four or five colours corresponding to each weekday; the colour associated with a particular day accords with the planetary influence of that day.  Mondays are ruled by the Moon – peace and healing.  “Monday’s child is fair of face” is perhaps referring to sensitivity. The Moon governs our emotions, or the “inside” us.  Of course Tuesday is governed by Mars – a whole different ballgame there!  As far removed from the feminine Moon as you can get – we’ll do Tuesday another time. 🙂

As above (celestial), so below (terrestrial)

Today, we are in the first quarter of a Taurus Moon.  Earthy, well rooted and confident.  In no hurry and resistant to change (she/he’s stubborn as a bull).  A good Moon to take in nature and appreciate your senses and surroundings.

Today’s colour for Monday is lavender.  Lavender is a feminine colour, invoking refinement, grace and elegance.  Do you think about your Grandmother when you think about lavender?  A little old fashioned, perhaps.  The image above was not taken by me, but on my list is to visit a lavender farm.  Such a useful and lovely plant.  It may be used as a medicine, in cooking and in cosmetics – I use it for all three.

I’ll leave you with visions of your Grandmother – for some, that means lavender (and cookies).

Until next time,

-Debra