Thursday, October 15, 2015

Healing the Ancestral Heart

Healing the Ancestral Heart
A  Shamanic Workshop

During this season of Samhain and Day of the Dead, working with the ancestral lineage is perfect. Betrayals, familial wounds, unspoken bonds, denied love.  These are the woundings of the Ancestral Heart.
Please join me in a journey workshop to heal this lineage you are a part of,  and bring light and new vision forward to your life and beyond you.

Sunday, Nov. 8 , Boulder, CO.
1-4PM                  $65.

Jyoti Wind is an Astrologer and works with Shamanic Journeys, Writing and Homeopathy. She has over 40 years of personal and professional work.    No experience necessary.   Call 303.541-9106 to register and for location.    

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Several more at the Boulder Library for the Festival...

Photos from Jaipur Literature Festival, Boulder

Jaipur Literature Festival, Boulder, CO

Jaipur Literature Festival
Sept. 2015
Boulder, CO

In Jaipur, India every January, there is a huge literature festival that draws 270,000 people. It’s always free. The organizers were looking for a site in the U.S. and this past September they brought the festival to Boulder, CO.

For two days, absolutely free, at our library in town, there were films, panels of speakers, and an atmosphere of curiosity and delight.

Two thousand people came from Australia, Europe, India, all over the U.S., and local writers and readers to listen and share.

From the opening session, through such panel discussions as The Poetic Imagination, Rewilding Our Hearts, The Spell of the Sea and the Lure of the Land, to A Writer’s Life: Why, How, What?, the conversation was electric, humorous and informative.

The Boulder Library strung large cloth streamers of all colors across the ceiling of the 2nd floor library, hung an array of whimsical umbrellas in the entryway with colored flags outside made to catch the wind. Equally colorful wee the saris, scarves and demeanor of the attendees.

I attended with two women friends. Since we had slightly diverse interests, we attended different events and then met in the art gallery or the book shop that the Boulder Book Store had set up to compare notes. We all attended the Spell of the Sea the Lure of the Land and agreed, for us, it was the best presentation. The synchronicity of Pattie Limerick, Peter Heller, Aaron Hirsh, moderated by Marc Bekoff was immediately apparent in the dead pan humor and response to each person. It was spontaneous and hilarious.

In Rewilding Our Hearts, Marc Bekoff suggested that education, being always busy, and the media un-wilds us. We need to become re-enchanted with nature and act from the inside out, and then do something good for the world.

We’re all invited back next September 23-25, 2016. It’s all free. As Sanjoy Roy, managing director and film producer, said, “It’s like a big Indian wedding. Everyone is invited and we feed them all.” Here the food is stories and ideas, great conversations, and a sense of camaraderie. Come to Boulder next Fall for the Jaipur Literature Festival at Boulder. You’ll love it!


Monday, October 12, 2015

Starshine News

Starshine News
Vol. 19, #4
Fall, 2015

Dear friends,
There are habits that are falling away from us because they are so old. They belong to another time and place. One of them is beating oneself up over something we’ve done. We can do it better next time. No reason to take out that old pattern of behavior and give it more life.

Another one is self-nurturing. Allowing that we are all sacred beings having a human experience, why wouldn’t we choose nurture ourselves. I feel it is beyond the psychological. It is an evolutionary cue. It is just time on our ongoing path to include this in how we live our lives.

Be well, Jyoti

New Book!!!!
Oh Sister, My Sister, Ed. by Jyoti Wind
See last page.

Ireland Tour, May 7-14, 2016.
See insert page.
Fall Prayer

May all beings know peace.
May all beings be happy.
May all beings be kind.

Astrological Services
Consultations are $100.
They include:
Natal, and Transit Reading.
Relationship Charts.
Astrocartography Maps.
Shamanic Journeys.
Spiritual Consulting.
Children’s Charts:
$50 under 14 yrs.
Sliding scale availabl

There is a way between voice and presence
where information flows.
In disciplined silence it opens.
With wandering talk it closes.
Fall 2015 Astrology Column

October begins with Sun square Pluto on the 6th and we look at our own power struggles. Mercury turns Direct on the 9th at 8:58 AM/MDT and we begin moving things forward again. The 11th says expect the unexpected. The New Moon on the 12th at 6:06PM/MDT asks us to pay attention to using our discernment and our ability to go with the flow. Which situation needs which response. Mars trine Pluto on the 15th and gives us a very powerful day to manifest something. The 17th gives us abundance and lots of energy, and we question what we see on the 22nd.  With Venus and Jupiter together on the 25th, expand but don’t be extravagant. The Full Moon on the 27th at 6:05AM/MDT brings more interest in the environment and personal power. The month ends with an easy day on the 30th.

November begins with Standard Time on the 1st and Mercury entering Scorpio. Expect deeper insights over the next three weeks. Creativity high on the 2nd, poetry and writing favored on the 6th, and relationships are easier for a while after the 8th. The New Moon on the 11th at 10:47AM/MST brings healing on many levels and a feeling of optimism. Neptune is stationing from the 14-22 and we have a sense of deeper spiritual access. The Full Moon on the 25th at 3:44PM/MST brings a time of re-examining some of our closely held beliefs. Self-acceptance helps. Thanksgiving brings a Saturn square Neptune aspect: a time to dissolve old habits. The month ends with Sun square Neptune conjunct Saturn on the 29th and being willing to see what's not working is important.

December begins with intuition high on the 1st and power struggles on the 6th. The 8th says freedom is the name of the game and challenges arise on the 10th. The New Moon on the 11th at 3:29AM/MST brings a push for maturity in values and decisions, and changes in one’s beliefs about life. Deep insights on the 19th, and the Winter Solstice arrives on the 21st at 9:49PM/MDT. This last quarter of the year says there’s a flow of understanding and potential relationship ease. And this ease may extend to finances and property as well. Deep healing available. Christmas Day is the Full Moon at 4:11AM/MST. Ideas may challenge conversation, yet underlying feelings of love and connection prevail. Looking for the common good is important. The year ends with Venus entering Sagittarius with a sense of adventure as we head into 2016. Happy Holidays!!!!
Mercury goes Direct  Oct.9  8:58AM/MDT
New Moon  Oct 12  6:06PM/MDT
Full Moon  Oct 27  6:05AM/MDT
Nov.1  Standard Time starts
New Moon  Nov 11  10:47AM/MST
Full Moon  Nov 25  3:44PM/MST
New Moon  Dec 11  3:29AM/MST
Winter Solstice  Dec 21  9:49PM/MST
Full Moon  Christmas Day  4:11AM/MST

It's sad
 that it takes
the death of a mother
for two sisters
 to come together...

Rene Ratchek
Oh Sister, My Sister:
An Anthology of Sisterhood
Ireland Tour   May 7-14, 2016
We will visit holi wells and stone circles, tie ribbons on spirit trees, and visit an isle for healers in southwestern Ireland. There will be catered dinners at the cottage we will stay in for 4 nights, with our own private chef. For women. Please join us. Visit my blog: or email me: or call me: 303.541-9106.  Space is limited.
Pulling out an old file of previous Writers Group stories written over the past several years,
requires a few memory jogs for me to place them. It's intriguing how a few flow with rich, sharply descriptive wording. Did I do that?
Others were, well, interesting.......and the writer suspect!

I notice the recent absence of flow of conscious writing, where the pen races to keep up with the
thoughts unfolding, racing just out of reach, until the streaming abruptly halts, exhausted.
Looking back over the disjointed scrawling, taking in the details of the general idea that started
the journey, to the unwinding into the voice and story I hoped to capture.

It's interesting, this gap between the unappreciated first reaction to the whole writing and the
later ability to take in the same words openly and non-critically. What accounts for the change in
perspective? It' much like a piece of pottery put in the recycle area. Then, on discovering it a
few years later, wondering how it landed there and promptly pulling it our as a keeper?  What else do we disregard in immediacy that a little distance and perspective would be

Even in a safe group, reading work aloud is a vulnerable undertaking. At times, there appears
static between the brain and the words just spoken. Perhaps the conscious self is ambushed by
the unexpected thoughts and beliefs laid bare while distracted, needing time to become
congruent with what has just been created and expressed.

Performance anxiety is also a culprit, keeping words at bay, leaving the writer unable to connect
with what was just produced, awareness of group reaction, trumping focus.

This gives such compassion to the artist unveiling a labor of love to the public for the first time.
Rather than an outer thick skin, the writer must develop inner confidence and comfort during all
stages of creation, strengthened with experience, in order for the art and artist to mature.
Susanne Doucet.

The hermit house:
bed, 4 windows,
glass door

Walking only a few feet outside to pee
under the huge starry sky,
grasses lift beside me.

Hot beans, sauce, garden vegetables
under an open sided roof
on a cold morning
yet to warm up.

My eyes scan the valley miles away.
360 degrees off the grid buildings,
trees, scrub oak, holly hocks,
vegetable garden -
mostly sky, breeze, heat and cool
And to begin

Don’t understand names, words,
or dance steps.

Mandolin, drums enter me,
my body leans into
the circle flow of dip and rise
alternate with sitting meditation.

In blue blackness I follow my breath
down, down into
the mattress
of long, deep exhales
through layer upon layer
into the worlds
before this one
under the ground.

Ann Griffin
Jaipur Literature Festival in Boulder. Several weeks ago, the Jaipur Literature Festival came to Boulder for the first time in the U.S. 2000 people came to participate, some from Europe, India, and the surrounding area in Colorado. There were panel discussions, films and presentations. Everything was free and open to anyone. It was a fantastic mix of people, genres, stories, and language. It will be back next year, 23-25 Sept. 2016. Please come.     More on my blog:  

Fall 2015 Book Reviews

What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming by Per Espen Stoknes. I had read his article: The Great Grief on Common Dreams website and went looking at the library for his book. His way of looking at the current situation, people's dilemma's and the climate change is very interesting. First no blame and guilt, like most pro-change people do.
 Secondly, how do we help those people who are already coming out of denial about where we are as a species, with other species becoming extinct around us, and the state of the globe showing us how much help it needs.
He's very readable. I was amazed at how kindly his writing seems. He also quotes Jung, Freud, etc. and relates a story of a Santa Fe Jungian therapist who works with First Nation Elders of NM...and how a woman came to him and began talking about 'It's the cows!' and he said it was her projection on to their slaughter about something more personal in her life. Next week, 'it's the dogs!' after walking in the forest and a few wild dogs following her. He started to take the same track as before but suddenly realized that what she was disturbed by, was similar to what the elders were teaching him about the connectedness of everything and that those who listen, will hear what needs to be heard from the Earth and her creatures.
NOW: Poems for this Moment by Dakini Lynn Marlow. 2nd Edition. With new poems and creative photography, the author explores the concept of NOW. This moment is the focus. This moment is full. What of it do you notice? Dakini takes you on a spiritual journey of presence and wonder. Available:

The anthology, She Rises, edited by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang and Kaalii Cargill, is a powerful
exploration of the Sacred Feminine, what She means to women’s lives, and why humanity and

the planet need Her now.  Its 468 pages include essays, poetry, and art from 92 women and men
including Vicki Noble, Barbara Mor, Carol P. Christ, Starhawk, and Janine Canan.
The collection is divided into three sections responding to the questions: Why Goddess
Feminism? Why Goddess Activism? and Why Goddess Spirituality? The responses create an
inspiring image of sisters, mothers, and grandmothers coming together for the sake of children, justice, and Mother Earth. The authors proclaim that as women come to value themselves and honor their bodies, the Goddess becomes the symbol for their empowerment.
The responses to the three questions also reveal the destruction of the planet, the damage to
society, and the abuse of women due to 5,000 years of patriarchy. Many of the contributors
declare the urgent need for female spirituality and feminine values in order to heal our society
and bring compassion and fairness to our world. Some assert that our planet will not survive
without the re-emergence of the Goddess.
She Rises is ultimately a vital and compelling collection. Personal reflections as well as calls to
action create a refreshing look at the Divine Feminine and a new desire for the return of the
Goddess in the hearts of humanity and the world at large. By turning to the Goddess, as Yia Alias says, “A reverence for All Life becomes our common Spirituality.” (p. 103)  I highly
recommend She Rises. Guest Reviewer: Marcella J. Lively

Rainy Day Sisters by Kate Hewitt. A tale of two sisters, one in Boston and the other in the Lake District of England. They meet after many years apart and all the old angers and resentments arise. Throw in a village, some kids, dogs and men, and the story deepens and delights.
ISBN 978-0-451-47558-9.

Here If You Need Me: A True Story by Kate Braestrup. Upon her husband’s death, Kate decides she wants to fulfill his dream of becoming a chaplain to search-and-rescue workers. A heart-warming story of helping others, being available to those who have lost their loved ones, and juggling the raising of her children. I really enjoyed this.

NEW BOOK!!!!   
 Oh Sister, My Sister: An Anthology of Sisterhood, Ed. by Jyoti Wind. In poetry, prose and memoir, 39 authors join me in sharing their stories about being a sister of the heart or of the bloodline. These poignant pieces touch the heart of the reader.
From the back cover: An engaging collection that redefines DNA. Oh Sister, My Sister celebrates the diversity of the women we call sisters: siblings, schoolmates, workmates, playmates, and, occasionally, a fiery, wild spirit that challenges description. The sister-writers, through poetry and prose, take us to city streets, to rooftops, to the Bronx, to Wyoming. We gaze at the moon, sit on a park bench, paint our toe nails, have cocktails in an Italian restaurant, and grow up in a family of boys with no sister at all. In these pages, the sisters are a brew of love and joy, vexation and worry–but always in attendance. –Jennie L. Brown, Author of Nothing’s Ever Right or Wrong: A Novel, Workshop Director, Blogger (
Available from  $14.95 + $3 s/h.


      Jyoti Wind
      2635 Mapleton Ave.#9
      Boulder, CO 80304 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

New Book!!!! Oh Sister, My Sister: An Anthology of Sisterhood

Jyoti Wind
2635 Mapleton #9
Boulder, CO 80304

Oh Sister, My Sister:
An Anothology of Sisterhood
Ed. Jyoti Wind   $14.95 +$2.s/h
40 women contributed their stories
and poetry, including the editor.

“In these pages, the sisters are a brew
of love and joy, vexation and worry,
but always in attendance.” J.L.Brown