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Return of the Fireflies

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Last night, I spotted my first firefly of the season.

At first, I thought my eyes were fooling me. You know: you see something, you look again and it’s not there. So I trained my sights on the window, to the spot where I glimpsed it, and, just when I was about to give up, its glow came into view. It was no mirage. The firefly was back, like other things that wax and wane in our lives. This was a reminder I needed.

After the second sighting, it was easier to find, because I ‘knew’ it was there. All of us have had this experience, in some form or another.

I mentioned the firefly to my friend. When she tried to look, no luck. Soon she gave up and turned back to me to continue our conversation. We were catching up on the past 6 months since we last saw each other.

“There it is again!” I interrupted, hoping she’d catch a glimpse while the insect glowed. This time she did.

My friend told me that fireflies usually emerge around this time of year. She remembers this because it coincides with a surgery she underwent some time ago. “I saw them after surviving my surgery, so fireflies are a sign to me,” she shared.

When my friend was born, she was starved for oxygen and her heart was malformed. She’s survived multiple open-heart surgeries and beat the life expectancies numerous doctors assigned her. Born under the Law of the Journey, her life has certainly been full of challenges. Even she’s sometimes surprised to still be here! I’m grateful to have her in my life and call her a friend.

Now the fireflies have new meaning for me. They’ve helped me learn more about the Law of Eternal Present and Cycles. Phases and seasons wax and wane but the mere fact that Cycles persist is an example of Eternal Present. This season belongs to the fireflies and the Wisdom Wheel is a flickering calendar of stones, glowing with meaning, for those of us who’ve seen it, and believe.

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Bernie Sanders on the Wisdom Wheel

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Today I’m rounding out a series of posts in which we put the 2016 presidential candidates on the Wisdom Wheel. Full disclosure: I’m registered as an independent. These portraits do not endorse any particular candidate. Instead, I want to see and share what the Wheel has to say.

Who are these politicians? What are their strengths? Weaknesses? What universal, human challenges can they expect in the upcoming years? A person’s Birth Law and their current position on the Wheel can shed light on these questions.

Nine months ago, when I wrote my first blog post about presidential candidates, I never imagined Donald Trump would trounce 15 other Republicans to become the presumptive GOP candidate. I’m still shaking my head over that outcome and I’m not the only one. This Cycle has taught me to expect the unexpected. Will we see a third party or independent candidate emerge? Who knows.

What if Bernie Sanders ran as an independent? He’s the longest serving independent in US congressional history. Born on September 8, Bernie’s Birth Law is Journey, like all other Virgos. This Law is situated in the southwest quadrant, between the domain of Teachers and Healers. So if Bernie lives to his highest potential, his Journey should both teach us and heal us. This Law is also positioned between Higher Purpose and Trust. Arguably, he is the most Trust-worthy candidate, staying true to his “socialist” stump speech throughout his political tenure. Old videos prove his consistency to his beliefs. Bernie getting arrested when protesting on behalf of civil rights. Clips of Bernie explaining why he refused to vote for the war in Iraq. This has been his lifelong Journey.

Bernie’s Journey and his politics are recognizable and resonate with more people now than ever. He’s for universal health care, ending corporate welfare, addressing income inequality by raising minimum wage, reforming campaign finance rules, offering parental leave, and protecting LGBTQ rights.

Surrender balances Journey. This means Surrender is his challenge. In Bernie’s case, we’re seeing this play out in his supporters who chant “Bernie or Bust”. Some believe the time is nigh for Bernie to surrender his presidential bid. Is it too early to Surrender? Too late? Who or what is the most noble cause or person to Surrender to? These are all important Surrender questions and it will be interesting to see how Bernie addresses them.

When he turns 75 this September, Bernie will live under the Law of Cycles on the spirit side of the Wheel. Fitting that he is now part of a moment where the flaws in our (political) Cycles are being exposed. Maybe it’s time for a radical re-write of the American political establishment. This is the message many voters are clamoring for on both sides of the party spectrum.

As citizens, it’s important to remember that we have a stake. With our ballots, we make our Choice.

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Heather

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I’m in Ireland for my niece’s wedding. I love weddings, being with family and making new friends. As I joked yesterday, “I love weddings so much that I’ve done it three times!”

My sister and I are staying in a small hotel. Outside the window, there’s a beautiful scene of purple and white heather. Last night, we went on a walk and saw the flowers growing all over this quaint little village. It brings back childhood memories of visits to the heather-covered moors of Scotland.

Heather looks so stately to me, majestic and powerful as it blooms close to the earth. Each individual flower is beautiful in its own right, while the large purple swathes teaches me about the Power of being. Its scent attracts the bees, the pollen spreads and the Cycle of nature continues.

The heather grows quietly amidst its natural splendor. I, too, can learn to be humble like the beautiful heather.

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Last night, there was a 21st birthday party in the hotel. The music was quite loud, but thankfully stopped at around 1AM. I wonder, do young people think about Balance in their lives? Are they Aware of the issues of their elders? Maybe it’s their time of life to think about the Self. As they get older, they’ll experience the Shadow and hopefully they’ll discover their Higher Purpose(s) and make good Choices in their pursuit of happiness and a life well lived.

Do they look at the heather the way I do? Or are they blinded by the familiarity of it all? Will they learn that we are human beings, not human doings?

Being

Bees wings, humming birds and me
Pollen, work, the flowers and honey
Days and nights, blended, melded
forever doing,
forever eating,
forever rushing.
but to where?

Changes needed, flower is wilting.
Instead of doing, always moving
Stop this treadmill, think of being
Quiet stillness, hear the silence,
tranquil being, in the forest.
As the owl that sits and watches
contented creature, looking softly.
Cool detachment, slight in frenzy.
Wings beat slowly, down on dinner
then the stillness, moonbeams outline.

Give me being over doing,
calming time amid the tumult
Let me stop this outward madness
better yet the inner road,
no more trinkets bought for pleasure
touch the peace that waits within
Reach for being over doing
Change the bee forever flying
change the bee now into being.

Malcolm F. Davidson © 12/1997

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On Going Grey, Welcoming Autumn and the Law of Cycles

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Today’s autumnal equinox marks the summer’s end and autumn’s start. As the seasons change, we experience the death of a Cycle in our lives, too. And another one needs to begin. We can work with these natural energies or ignore them at our peril.

The changing colors, falling leaves, and cooler temperatures catalyze new physical, emotional, mental and spiritual Cycles. Just as the Oaks and Maples drop their leaves, let me join in the casting-off-dance. Recycle my former looks as I figure out what my next form will be.

Autumn, on the west side of the Wisdom Wheel, is the season to turn inward. We’ve arrived at the Gate to The-Goes-Within-Place, our ‘dark night of the soul’. Time for dreaming, deep inner healing, meditation, introspection, self-care, and winter preparations. For some creatures, hibernation is coming. Imagine crawling into a small, dark place to sleep for months.

So go slow after all the summer bustling. Pause. Take in the Beauty of this pageant of passing colors.

I’m feeling the urge to make physical and material changes myself as our Mother Earth leads the way. Having recently decided to “go grey” I’m looking at a different Self in the mirror since I stopped coloring my hair. Like the trees around me and their fading leaves, I am faced with the Choice: to Surrender or struggle.

How healthy is it to prolong stages that have run their natural courses? If we color our hair, for example, does it delay the Crone stage? Or are we in denial about our Ultimate Reality?

Rather than pretend that I’m not approaching the Elder’s Winter Time on the Wheel of Life, I will embrace this new Crone Self. Become an Elder. Going grey in this season, as many living things shed their colors, let go and fall away feels easier. Natural. Authentic.

So I will go with the flow and welcome this new look. I’ve scheduled a make-over appointment at a salon. And I am sorting through my closet to put away summer things and set aside clothes for donations. Because we can’t make room for a new look, or start a new Cycle without releasing what no longer belongs. We must make space to invite in the new.

What else must we let go of?

What do you need to let go of to allow for the next season, Cycle and growth?

After all, we will never have this moment, we will never be this exact person again, and that’s okay. Nature tells us this is exactly how it’s supposed to be.

For more on Cycles, check out our booklet on the Law of Cycles. If you’d like to learn more about where you are on the Wheel and your current stage of life, consider booking a personal session.