Friday, March 28, 2014

Starshine News Spring 2014

Starshine News
Vol. 18, #2
Spring, 2014
www.jyotiwindastrology.com
www.writes-of-passage.blogspot.com

Dear Friends,
This morning I heard the spring birds singing their hearts out. I immediately thought of how pristine this planet had been millions of years ago. The birds were plentiful as were the animals which were free to roam and live anywhere, fed by nature.
Humankind began to incarnate here, on this paradisiacal world. We began to take it over. Now we have overrun so much of it that species are dwindling, waters are polluted and we are poisoning ourselves.
This brings me to the thought of Stewardship. How do we each individually do our part to live softly upon this beautiful being we have named Earth.  Yes, you recycle. Yes, you take shorter showers. Yes, you bicycle to work and save gas and air quality. Do you personally address the fracking issue? Do you educate yourself about what it is? Or the nuclear accident potential? Or the changing of our food through Monsanto? Have you marched in protest recently? Called your Senators? Can you give a small portion of your day to see how we can slow down the destruction of the only home we have?
How can you, one person, make a difference? I speak from experience when I say, “You can!”
Blessings, Jyoti

2nd annual  Cross-cultural Shamanic Conference June 13 -15 2014   Boulder, CO   "Step into Ceremony," the 2nd Annual Cross-cultural Shamanic Conference, currently being planned for June 2014, promises to bring together a broad range of diverse and interactive sessions, including presentations, ceremony, healing and journey work. To receive info as it becomes available, email them at indigenous.alchemy@gmail.com and sign up with your email address.

Spring Meditation
Sit quietly. Exhale the thoughts of the day. Picture the Earth in front of you. See shafts of Light filling the Earth to its very core. Surround the planet in Light. Whisper a prayer for its well being.
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Astrological Services
Consultations are $100.
They include
natal, and transits reading.
Relationship Charts.
Astrocartography Maps.
Shamanic Journeys.
Spiritual Consulting.
Children’s Charts $50
under 14 yrs.
Sliding scale available




Run my dear,
From anything
That may not strengthen
Your precious budding wings.
― Hafiz




Writes of Passage Online Writing Group
Spring Reading and Writing Together Wed. evenings, 7PM/MDT
           Beginning April 9…………4 weeks, $65.
    jyotiwind@gmail.com



Spring 2014 Astrology Column

We begin April with a day of expectedness on the 2nd and on the 3rd, one must be careful not to give one’s power away. Challenging day on the 8th as Sun opposes Mars, keep cool if you can. Pluto is stationing from the 11th-19th and these days may feel that there are power plays afoot. As Pluto turns Retrograde (Rx) on the 14th, it also squares Mercury, which as just conjunct Uranus. A day to be diplomatic at the very least. The Full Moon Eclipse on the 15th plays with one’s dreams and with one’s challenges. How can they co-exist and be a catalyst, one for the other. Good debating skills on the 16th; expansiveness on the 17th, and Easter Sunday on the 20th challenges our life belief systems. (Please see Astro Memo in this newsletter for more info on the April Effect.) This time frame will demand patience, tolerance, kindness and maturity on different levels. Uranus and Pluto are exactly square again on the 21st and we again are moved forward through our own evolutionary hurdles. Be mindful of where you place your feet on the 23rd, and the 24th is a day to really examine your beliefs and decide what you support and what supports you. Insights on the 25th and the Solar New Moon Eclipse on the 29th brings strength and fortitude, empowerment, challenges and healing opportunities.

Strength of character and action on the 3rd of May starts off the month, and trusting your own authority on the 10th is important. Mother’s Day on the 11th may bring some confusions, yet mental clarity on the 12th. The Full Moon on the 14th is a juggling act of larger possibilities vs. the responsibilities in front of you. Communications flow. A sense of freedom on the 15th, balance needed on the 18th, and Mars turns Direct on the 19th, setting in motion a need to manifest and express all that has occurred since it turned Rx on March 1st. .  On May 22nd, Mercury enters its shadow of the next Rx cycle and asks us how we are tending to the details of things. Expansive time on the 24th. The New Moon on the 28th invites us to question our identity at this point in time. Dynamic energies ensue with the end of May.





Neptune is stationing from the 4th-15th of June, while Mercury turns Rx on the 7th  (Direct July 1st) and we turn inward for clarity over the next 3 weeks. Venus and Pluto are trine on the 8th and we feel more empowered. The Full Moon on the 12th brings the swirling of many energies opening up opportunities for growth. Insightful day on the 19th and the Summer Solstice on the 21st begins this next quart of the year. Insights come out of the blue, asking us how we are utilizing the gifts we have. The 25th asks us to be mindful of our energy and the New Moon on the 27th reminds us to be spiritually sensitive to those around us, and to use our power wisely. We end the month with a sense that some decisions have been well made.

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse  April 15  1:42 AM/MDT
Uranus/Pluto Square April 21  12:38 PM/MDT
Solar New Moon Eclipse April 29  12:14 AM/MDT
Full Moon  May 14  1:16 PM/MDT
Mars turns Direct  May 19  7:31 PM/MDT
Mercury enters its shadow May 22 
New Moon  May 28 12:40 PM/MDT
Mercury turns Rx   June 7  5:57 AM/MDT
Full Moon  June 12  10:11PM?MDT
Summer Solstice  June 21  4:51AM/MDT
New Moon  June 27  2:08 AM/MDT




Please see Astro Memo included in this newsletter for the April Effect.


Book Reviews Spring 2014

      The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. This captivating present day novel is the odyssey of a boy, Theo, from childhood into adulthood with the mysterious 1654 Dutch painting, The Goldfinch, as its centerpiece. The world of Theo is brilliantly crafted; the characters are vivid and alive. Life’s deeper mysteries of fate, loss, love, beauty and more are skillfully developed in the suspense that I became fully absorbed in. Ten years in the writing, Tartt’s gift as an articulate master of language, culture and characterization is a treat to experience. All the more if you’re an art lover. ISBN 978-0-316-05543-7. (Guest Reviewer: Nancy Overton)

Marion Zimmer Bradley's Ravens of Avalon by Diana L. Paxson.  The story of two women trying to be true to their hearts while their hearts seem to have conflicting desires. Set in the early Roman occupation of England, these women have chosen different paths. The book illuminates the integrity of both choices. And it shows us that priestesses had much broader roles and responsibilities than we often assume. ISBN 978-0-670-03870-1  (Guest Reviewer: Kathy Schubert)
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. Fiction. A wonderful story that brings the thoughts, opinions, and reasons from all sides of the question of choosing when you want to die. A 27 year old English girl, recently unemployed, takes on a high-paying, 6 month job as a companion caring for a 35 year old quadriplegic male. Her life is dull until she learns how to live from someone who chooses to die. The book is witty, full of emotions both funny and sad. (Guest Reviewer: Arlene S. Bice)
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at Table by Ruth Reichl.  Reichl never disappoints. Her writing flows easily, her content is interesting, and her words are honest. Food is her subject, and the love of cooking and the love of eating. She writes of her highlights in life and how she came to be the restaurant reviewer and food critic that she is so highly acclaimed at today. (Guest Reviewer: Arlene S. Bice)

Grandmothers Whisper by Inette Miller. Amazing story of a Jewish woman, Inette, giving up her settled & financially successful life, selling all she has, taking her teenage son with her, and moving to Hawaii to join Yokepa to live wherever they can in order to fulfill his dream about native Hawaiians reclaiming their lands. All this after one week of vacationing there and because of the Grandmothers whisperings that come to her in the night.  (Guest Reviewer: Arlene S.Bice)
On the Right Side of a Dream by Sheila Williams.  A woman moves to Paper Moon, Montana after she raised her three children, just as much to run away from them as to find a life for herself. She leaves nursing behind and cooks in a diner while she decides just what she wants to do with the rest of her life. The story is very witty and full of wisdom as she fights to develop her own personality and courage. (Guest Reviewer: Arlene S. Bice)

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. Set in Kabul, Afghanistan, this true story tells of a young woman, just a girl, really, who mobilized her younger siblings to start a home business. In 1996 Kamila had just been awarded her teacher training certificate when the Taliban overtook Kabul. In the ‘60s Kabul had been a cosmopolitan city, with women dressing Western, but in the ‘80s the Mujahideen imposed stricter dress codes on the women, with covered hair and long skirts. Now the Taliban ordered them to cover all but their eyes; no ankles or wrists showing, no wisps of hair. No schooling, no working anywhere that employed men. No walking in public without a male escort. With most women and girls virtually under house arrest, strong-willed Kamila risks much to find ways of getting around the watching troops on every corner, and builds a dressmaking business that employs many local girls, selling to order in dress shops in the local bazaar. (Guest Reviewer: Holly Morgan)
The Alexandra Link by Steve Berry. Featuring Berry’s character Cotton Malone, who’s retired as a U.S. State Department secret operative and runs a rare-book shop in Copenhagen, this is fast-paced enough to keep you reading till the wee hours. Seems there may be a hidden library somewhere in the Middle East that holds a pre-biblical text proving that the Promised Land of the Jews isn’t in Palestine and on the banks of the Mediterranean but in western Saudi Arabia, including Mecca. Cotton’s the only person who knows where a key ‘link’ to this disturbing document is living, and when his son is kidnapped, provoking him into action, he’s got three governments - and religions - at his throat, all wanting an outcome that’s best for their interests.  (Guest Reviewer: Holly Morgan¬).

Astro Memo: The April Effect
Some are calling it the April Effect. The month of April has: 2 Eclipses, A Cardinal Grand Cross, Mars still Retrograde aspecting another pass of the Uranus/Pluto square, Pluto stationing from the 11-23, turning Rx on the 14th.
Because Mars is involved with the Uranus/Pluto square, is there a chance of war? Yes. However there is always free will. I’m trying to stay within the confines of an astrological perspective and not wax political or conspiratorial. Those are slightly different conversations.
This jam-packed period from April 11 thru to the 24, when Mars opposes Uranus (23) and presents a volatile pattern, erratic and explosive energies, just waiting to be set off. The global stage is ripe for this. Keep in mind, looking at April 19, it was the Branch Davidian fire, the Oklahoma City bombing; the 20 was Hitler’s birthday, the Apollo 16 Moon landing, Columbine, and the Deep Water Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.
These aspects could potentially be an ignition switch that triggers a global shift in consciousness or more of the same aggression, war and control. As it is above, so it is below. As these energies play out outwardly, they also affect our own inner consciousness and responses. What will you do with it?

                           a new feast
the faults of flesh
are its pleasures, come to an end.
when weaned, be it gradual or sudden,
what feeds us then?
the wise ones live their dying daily,
practicing death to this world
while their hearts still beat against the cage of their
ribs with love-
practicing opening to the milk that feeds the soul
until
flesh fails
& falls back to renew the elements of earth
& spirit flies to a new feast.
Terra Rafael

Book Reviews cont.
A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina-Nayeri A magical novel about a young Iranian woman lifted from grief by her powerful imagination and love of Western culture. This is a heart-breaking, heart-warming story of one girl's experience of fundamentalist mysogynistic control freak culture. Oppression shrouded in "religious doctrine." It's a heroic story about Saba Hafezi who loses her mother and twin sister and imagines them having a life in America while she is alone with her father, both victims of this Islamic regime. Interestingly the book is written by an Iranian woman who exiled from Iran during the revolution.  She lives in America longing for Iran and writing about her "alter-ego" living in Iran dreaming and writing about her sister living in America. It started out slow, but I kept with it and it grew and blossomed and reminded me that women and the Feminine are still being called to birth and nurture the Reign of Sophia! (Guest Reviewer: Dakini).

Wired for Love, How Understanding Your Partner’s Brain and Attachment Style can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship by Stan Tatkin, PsyD. As humans, our desire for, and pursuit of, connection and attachment to others, is innate, primal and necessary to our survival. Our brains start “wiring” what it means to be in relationship while still in the womb, forming our attachment styles  early in life. In our adult primary relationships, attachment style differences and insecurities are at the core of many of our challenges. In “Wired for Love”, Tatkin shows how we can create and build secure relationships by understanding how the other is wired and creating a “couple bubble”.
(Guest Reviewer: Karen DeClerk)









Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation by Sandy Ingerman and Hank Wesselman. For the beginner who is learning about non-ordinary reality and trying out his shamanic learning muscles to the person who has journeyed a while and is proficient in different aspects of the journey world, this book suits. There are chapters on the power of ceremony and ritual, working with weather and environmental changes, death as a rite of passage, and the return of the shaman. An excellent work.


 I Was Vermeer by Frank Wynne is a fascinating account of an exceptional Dutch artist Han van      Meegeren. His father’s rigid demands were brutal and infected Han ruining any chance he had to make good  of his own talents. It was only in making a choice to save his own life i.e. Nazi collaborator or forger, that he  became known as a genius with a paintbrush. Even today art experts still argue over some paintings that may  or may not have been his forgeries. ISBN-13: 978-1582345932 (Guest Reviewer: Arlene S. Bice)

The Death Class: A True Story About Life by Erika Hayasaki. There are some books that rivet you, turning pages, hard to put down. This was one of those books for me. The author takes you through the day-to-day life of Norma Bowe, a professor and former nurse. Erika becomes part of the death class that Norma teaches, as part of her journalistic exploration of her subject. Norma is like a mother hen to her students, inspiring them to not join gangs, to let go of suicidal ideations, to value their lives and to help others. Perhaps it is just how this book personally touched me. Perhaps Norma Bowe’s way of thinking and living will reach out from the author’s pages and touch you also. Excellent!


Friendship was at the core of every relationship that mattered—allies, parent and child, lovers. On its foundation could be built all the other palaces of the heart. Anne Perry, Blind Justice.



Personal Moment…
It’s called a ‘carbon’ way of thinking. All those old family systems: the scapegoat, the gossip; the judgments of others in the blink of an eye; the way the mind begins to make stories out of a comment, a look, a gesture…All of this is on the edge of the collective cliff and one of the gracious sides of this Uranus/Pluto aspect for the past 2 yrs. is to bring awareness to the front of the brain, and that this way of thinking has to go!
It is not possible to evolve beyond this moment in time until this carbon/old, out-dated, dinosaur-ish way of managing the mind is changed.
Every time one of those types of thoughts occur in my brain, I try to catch it, notice it, and I tell myself that it’s a carbon way of thinking, and it disappears and I go on to think about something else. I am no longer feeding that aspect of my thinking, deleting the energy from it, and moving on in a nanosecond. Try it!

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Procrastination is the most common manifestation of Resistance because it’s the easiest to rationalize. We don’t tell ourselves, “I’m never going to write my symphony.” Instead we say, “I am going to write my symphony; I’m just going to start tomorrow.”
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield.



      Jyoti Wind
      2635 Mapleton Ave.#9
      Boulder, CO 80304 
      303.541-9106303.541-9106
     jyotiwind@gmail.com
www.jyotiwindastrology.com

Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring Online Writing Group



Writes of Passage
Spring Online Writing Group


We will read our work and write together.


We will use prompts to spark our muse into dancing with us on the page or on the computer. This is about receiving and supporting each other’s creative process.


Please join me for the 4 week Spring Online Writing Group
Wednesday evenings at 7PM/MDT for 2 hours
April 9-30.
$65.


Limit 10 women.    This is not a critique group.


Jyoti Wind is a poet and author. Her poetry has recently been published in Crone Magazine/Issue #6  and she has self-published several books of poetry and prose, a childhood memoir, and four anthologies. She leads women’s weekly writing groups and recently published a new book of poetry, One Small Sip: A Book of Contemplative Poetry, (Nov 2013). She can be reached at  jyotiwind@gmail.com   or   www.jyotiwindastrology.com

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mercury Catches Up!

Besides the first day of Spring, Mercury caught up today from its last Retrograde (Rx) cycle and moves into new territory. Yay!!!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ireland Tour Opening

Ireland Tour...May 10-17, 2014....We have had a cancellation...there is one spot open if you are interested...please email me at jyotiwind@gmail.com...and I will send you an itinerary for that week.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Astro Update 2 28 14



Today, Feb.28th, Mercury went Direct at 7AM/MST and things begin moving that felt stuck and waffling. Those conversations that were misinterpreted, those packages lost in the mail, those inner realizations about your life, now resolve themselves somewhat over the next 2 weeks.

The New Moon is at 12:44AM/MST, tomorrow on Mar.1st. (West coast and HI have the New Moon tonight.) New cycle of balancing the individuation process with the collective agreements, whether that collective is family or community. Expand your thinking and embrace new concepts. We’re all  moving along the evolutionary conveyor belt, and each cell that we each represent, must do its part.

Mars turn Rx (Retrograde) tomorrow, Sat. Mar.1st at 9:24AM/MST and our drive to manifest turns inward. We may look at the life we are living/manifesting and decide, over the next 10 weeks what to keep and what to relinquish. (Mars goes Direct on May 20).
The flavor of this Rx, as Mars is in Libra, is about relationship, and how we balance self and other, are cooperative and equality oriented.

Saturn is presently stationing Rx (Feb.27-Mar4) and we are looking at the limitations we may have placed on ourselves. How do they serve us and where do they not.

Jupiter is stationing Mar.3-9, turning Direct on Mar.6th (Rx since early Nov.) and we look at how we nurture ourselves and others. How do we avail ourselves of what we need. How do we receive what is ours to receive. How do we allow the Divine to work through us as conduits for that evolutionary progression. How do we expand beyond the confines of our past.

Enough to contemplate and work with for now!

“Stay close to anything
that makes you glad
you are alive.”
    Hafiz

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Embracing the Beloved Workshop

Embracing the Beloved:
The Divine Marriage Ritual


At this time in our evolution,  it is vital to begin to integrate our parts… and to do this, we must access them,  call them to us, bless them, and bring them into our love…into our greater being.

Each of us has an inner and opposite gender;  our anima /animus that lives in tandem with us, and displays its gifts through us, and through  the people we draw to be in relationship with.

This ritual is the container to begin to evoke these energies, with the intentions of merging this male/female within and bringing
our selves to a deeper level of integration and wholeness.


Come join our Courtship, Engagement and Marriage Ceremony


Date: Sunday, March 9th
Time: 1-4PM
Cost: $65
Boulder


Sliding scale is available

Please bring a wedding garment (scarf, shirt, necklace, etc.), plus blanket, pillow, or folding seat…pen, paper…

Jyoti Wind is an astrologer and writer, a student of psychology and ageless wisdom.

For location: Please call  303.541-9106303.541-9106, or email: jyotiwind@gmail.com

Monday, February 10, 2014

Writing Quote

The key is to be 'engaged.' Pick something that matters to you--something you continually show up for has a chance. And even when you lose your way, you can come back. The returning over and over builds the spine of practice. Can you have the heart for that? Be patient.
Otherwise your life will be like a water bug, always skating on the surface. You don't want that. Not in your secret real core. You want you. Practice is a way to meet you.
   From The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language by Natalie Goldberg.