Monday, January 30, 2006

Year of the Dog: Love, Loyalty...Awakening

With the New Moon in Aquarius to match the sun sign, January 29th ushered in the Chinese Year of the Dog. In Mayan cosmology (a little creative cultural cauldron stirring from a cultural creative!), the Dog archetype is about loving through the heart, and loyalty--apparently the concept of dog as humanity's best bud transcends Western thought!

And this love includes ourselves first and foremost. Maggie Erotokritou, coordinator of the Planetary Awakening Network, repeats a theme we've been hearing from a lot of lightworkers lately about now: it's time to set our intention and bring it into reality. She writes:

"As we move through this New Moon phase, there is a new feeling coming through. We are finally at a closure of what has been coming to an end since January 6th onwards. It seems it has taken until now to actually close the cycle but now we are there.

"We are now moving into a new cycle of manifestation, where for those who have done the work and completed their major clearing cycles, things will be manifested more easily and without so much effort.

"Everything is calling us to move inwards at this time to make this completion and final transition into the new energies. We stand at the Dawn. It is the hibernation time before the awakening of Spring. That is also metaphorical for what is to follow.

"I just spent the weekend with a group of friends meditating for 8 hours, clearing and activating the 8 chakras. I hadn't realized before what perfect timing it was for this weekend, other than the urgency of the push from within to move to a retreat space and spend the time in meditation. I could feel my whole being calling for it and now I understand why. It is often afterwards that we get the clarity of what our intuition is prompting us to do.

"For those who have done the major chakra clearing, the 8th chakra is now vibrating at a much higher frequency and is allowing us access to the higher realms. Our 8th chakra meditation was incredibly blissful and most of us seemed to dissolve into the bliss with feelings of lightness, expansion and brilliant light. This lightness is continuing and is, I believe, part of what we will soon be able to access more easily and certainly an indication of the new era we are moving into.

"The unfolding of this process will take us about 8 weeks, hence the reference to Spring. It is also a time for those of you who wish to further engage in clearing and purification or to complete this process during these next few weeks to do so.

"We stand in the midst of a major transformation that is calling us forward. If you have not yet become clear on your goals, dreams and intentions for the rest of year then this New Moon period is the time to allow them to unfold and to clarify your intent. Do not procrastinate, make your intentions clear now and know that so much support and assistance are waiting to be given from the higher realms. Now is the time."

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Does Enlightenment Have to Hurt?

If you're feeling just a wee bit challenged by what's going on, in your life and in the world, you're in excellent company. We ARE going to Light, and, it's more like falling down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland (or being Neo in The Matrix) than a skip through the park on a summer's day. This is part of the illusion we've collectively created.

Patricia Cota-Robles puts it well:

"This is a very critical time on the planet. From outer appearances, it looks like we are facing our possible demise, but nothing could be further from the truth. These things are happening because humanity is awakening, and we are beginning to remember who we are and why we are here. As we do, our hearts are opening, and we are lifting up in consciousness.

"The wondrous result of this awakening is that the Light of God is increasing on Earth through our newly-opened heart chakras. As God's Divine Light enters the physical plane, It pushes everything that is not of the Light to the surface to be healed and transmuted into its original perfection. That is why this time is referred to in the Bible as the time of screaming and the gnashing of teeth.

"Our human miscreations are surfacing in ways that are shocking and extremely difficult because humanity has fallen into the pattern of using pain as our motivator. As long as we are not in pain, we will allow ourselves to stagnate forever. We are so afraid of the unknown that we would rather remain in our mundane, unfulfilled lives than risk upsetting the status quo. We think, even if we are miserable and unhappy, that at least our lives are familiar, and we know what to expect.

"Now, PLEASE HEAR THESE WORDS. The pain and suffering humanity is experiencing at this time ARE NOT GOD'S WILL!

"There are much easier ways to heal and transmute the human miscreations we have inadvertently created over aeons of time. Our Father-Mother God and the Beings of Light in the Realms of Illumined Truth want us to remember what those methods are NOW. They have opened the floodgates of Heaven in 2006 to easily assist us in transmuting the negativity that is surfacing all over the world. This unprecedented assistance is a Gift of Divine Grace beyond the comprehension of our finite minds. It involves previously unknown frequencies of the Sacred Fire known as the Violet Flame."

Read Patti's full explanation of What the Violet Flame is and how to work with it. Blessings.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Fire and Ice, Part 2

Two weeks ago, I wrote about Gretel Ehrlich's journey into cold to elucidate first-hand the dangers of global warming.

Now James Lovelock, who originated the Gaia Hypothesis (theory that the Earth is a living entity), sounds an equally solemn warning: Gaia's fever is rising, and the result will be a 100,000-year-long Big Chill for the planet.

There is still time: Lovelock entreats us to become resourceful, rather than continuing to think we're resource-full, and evolve into Earth stewards while there's yet hope to reverse the course we're on:

"We should be the heart and mind of the Earth, not its malady. So let us be brave and cease thinking of human needs and rights alone, and see that we have harmed the living Earth and need to make our peace with Gaia. We must do it while we are still strong enough to negotiate, and not a broken rabble led by brutal warlords. Most of all, we should remember that we are a part of it, and it is indeed our home."

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Well Come Home!

From an inspirational site known as WOW Zone (for Wishing Only Well) come these uplifting ideas on the final day of the 42-day global Go Gratitude experiment:

"Do you realize that if you Wish ONLY Well, you can create your own world into what you wish? And what is your own world? It's the place in life where you are: your present conditions, circumstances, family, friends, work, environment - in other words, your LIFE. 

"By Wishing ONLY Well, you make your own world AND the whole world better.

"It's neither altruistic nor's logical! You reap what you sow. Of course that doesn't mean that exactly what you did will be done to you. That would be too easy. It means that you will never know the exact moment that you will shine or will fall, depending on how you live your life. Choose the high road, and expect the best.

"You create your own world, and by extension the whole world, every minute."

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Goddess of Love and Beauty Returns As Morning Star

The planet Venus returns from her journey to the Underworld to rise tomorrow as the Morning star. This heliacal rise (which means, "ahead of the Sun") occurs, appropriately enough, with the dawning of Aquarius, which happens at 12:15 a.m. on January 20th, according to my We'Moon daily calendar, subtitled "In the Spirit of Love".

This IS the dawning of the age of Aquarius, a time of sacred reUnion, when we have the possibility and opportunity to expand our definition of Love, to become truly inclusive rather than exclusive.

Here's an excerpt from my article, Deep "E"-cology, about the Age of Aquarius:

"Heaven on Earth exists in being fully alive in the infinite Now. This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, as The Fifth Dimension sang back in 1969. They were early messengers, carrying our Divine Blueprint via the medium of music.

"Let's revisit the lyrics: 'When the Moon is in the seventh house.' In Western astrology, the Moon is symbolic of feminine, receptive energy, what we draw in; the seventh house is about intimate interaction with other people. I've dubbed this new way of relating a call to yinify: that is, to unify in the Divine Feminine essence.

"'And Jupiter aligns with Mars.' Jupiter is the planet of expansion, of expressing our truth through storytelling; Mars is the planet of pure desire and, when dishonored, of war. To have them align means telling ourselves a new, expansive story: transmuting war in the alchemical fire into spiritual warriorhood.

"Then, as the group sang, 'Peace will guide the planets/And love will steer the stars.'

"How clear the message becomes, once we are able to truly hear. The battle cries dim; the masks fall off. A layer of separation evaporates as we become transparent to the truth of who we are. People start to seem somehow familiar, even though we've never met them before. It's the resonant déjà vu of realizing there are no strangers. 'Service with a smile' suddenly takes on a whole new meaning.

"Getting there calls for a subtle shift in perception and behavior: from require to inquire, from escalate to elevate, from accumulate to appreciate. As we cease consuming planetary resources and each other at the speed of greed, let go of buying more in favor of being more, we reclaim our true heritage as Earth stewards. And then barrenness transmutes into bounty. Separation into synergy. Fear into faith. Longing into Love."

And finally...Venus returns on a Friday, a day which has always been her own. Let the lovin' start!

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Bumper Sticker Wisdom

I often discover some pretty potent wisdom sitting behind the wheel. Two bumper stickers I've seen recently:

"Humankind--be both"

"Oh, sure, but what's the speed of DARK?"

My own response to the latter: the dark is timeless. It's the speed of spaciousness, of emptying your personal history to make room for the energy of the Infinite.

Happy trails...

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Inanna Initiations: Get Down, Get Clear, Arise and Shine!

OK, so it's not quite that cut and dried (personal evolution rarely is). Nevertheless...this is a unique opportunity to take a quantum leap in your growth within a supportive virtual community.

I've packed the essence of my 10+ year journey into an e-course known as The Inanna Initiations, available as a free download. Starting January 29th, I'm convening an 8-week telephone community to travel this Hero's Journey as a team. Read the full scoop: Inanna Initiations Tele-community.

I also created a flyer which doesn't translate well to blog format (I'm happy to e-mail it to you as a Word doc, just put "Inanna Tele-community" in the subject line). Here's the essence:

The Inanna Initiations Tele-community

now forming!

An 8-week accelerated path of personal transformation

Join with like-minded souls in this ripe moment
of personal and collective possibility!

What: A virtual circle that guides you on a 7 gate journey of release & 7 gate path of regeneration
When: Sunday, 1/29/06 – Sunday 3/19/06, 1 pm EST
Where: Cyberspace: all you need is a phone line!
Cost: $188 includes a 1/2-hr private session with Amara
Contact: 1-800-862-0157 or

FREE intro call to discuss dates, times and format, on Sunday, January 15th, 10 am PST, 1 pm EST. Please call 1-603-310-4838 ext. 130. There is no cost for this call except your normal long distance phone charges.

Amara Rose is a life purpose coach, wisdom circle facilitator, speaker and writer whose own healing journey informs all aspects of her service. To learn more about the Inanna Initiations and other offerings, please visit or call 1-800-862-0157. Blessings!

Monday, January 09, 2006

Fire and Ice

I'm reading the latest offering by Gretel Ehrlich, explorer and muse extraordinaire, The Future of Ice. It's her account of a personal environmental foray, told with a piercing honesty and insight that burns clean any remaining vestiges of hubris lingering like dust on an unexamined life.

Years ago, when I was still a city dweller yearning to breathe free, I read, The Solace of Open Spaces, and felt her word pictures of Wyoming's vastness open my own spiritual path toward sweet solitude. Later I walked with her through her experience of being struck by lightning, in A Match to the Heart.

The Future of Ice takes us to the extremities of consciousness, with weather as both metaphor and barometer for life expectancy on Earth. Indeed, Erhlich says that in Greenland, a country that defines "ice," the word sila means simultaneously "weather" and "consciousness."

Ehrlich asks, "When did we begin thinking weather was something to be rescued from? Why did we trade in our ceremonial lives for the workplace? Is this a natural progression, or a hiccup in human civilization that we'll soon renounce?"

She quotes E.O. Wilson, author of The Future of Life, whose words eerily echo my January newsletter exhortation to "embrace the matrix," which means Mother: "Nature is the matrix in which the human mind evolved. Without it we devolve. Simple as that. We are devolving."

It is still our choice in every moment, however. Yesterday at a gem and mineral faire I discovered a fascinating aspect about amethyst, my birthstone. I was searching for a piece of citrine, a crystal known for its manifesting properties, and one gem expert told me, "Amethyst and citrine are the same; citrine is amethyst that's been heated." Natural citrine is pale yellow. The brighter, orange-gold or burnt sienna citrine that's often sold is the color complement to amethyst. Heated, the purple burns away to bronze. It's the same stone, but with more energy, because it's been through the fire!

Embrace the ice. Embrace the fire. Embody the matrix. Walk in love. HO!

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Wealth Wisdom: The Consciousness of Money

From a very interesting website called comes this intriguing perspective on tithing, something most of us have heard about but may rarely practice. Site founder Yehuda Berg writes,

"Many people do not remember that money is under the realm of spirituality. Money is one of the purest forms of energy there is because money is energy in potential. It can be as a seed, and when used positively and proactively, it will reveal enormous Light.

"To protect the money you have and bring more sustenance to your life, do something called tithing. The historical word 'tithe' is related to the Hebrew word eser, which means 'ten.' Tithing is giving away 10 percent of the net profit you earn.

"The foundation of tithing is based on a spiritual principle that reality is divided into ten levels of consciousness. The lowest level is material reality, called malchut, an expression of desire for oneself alone. These ten levels also exist within your financial sustenance, so by giving away 10 percent of your earnings, this allows you to disconnect from the desire to receive for yourself alone - the malchut level - and to connect instead with the elevated levels of spiritual energy already present in your money.

"Tithing is like entering into a silent partnership with the Light. It is not really about giving in the sense you might expect. It's more about transforming the negative presence (the malchut portion) in your earnings. In this way, the remaining 90 percent of your wealth is infused with the power of the Light and cannot be touched by darkness.

"Try it, for this is the ideal month. The baser nature of Capricorn is to 'hold on tight' to money, so the very act of overcoming this desire now will reveal tremendous Light. As with everything else in spirituality, experience it for yourself to truly grasp the power of the correspondence."

Thursday, January 05, 2006

28 Reasons to Smile

With all the serious spiritual growth going on and earnest evolutionary guidance abounding (including mine), every now and again we need to enLighten up! These Zen gems came to me courtesy of cyber chum Violette Ruffley. I couldn't read 'em without grinning, and in some cases laughing out loud:

Your daily moment of ZEN

1. Do not walk behind me for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either; just leave me the hell alone.

2. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and a leaky tire.

3. It's always darkest before dawn. So if you're going to steal your neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it.

4. Don't be irreplaceable; if you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.

5. No one is listening until you make a mistake.

6. Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else.

7. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

8. It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

9. It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.

10. If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.

11. Before you criticize someone you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

12. If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.

13. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

14. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth the money.

15. Don't squat with your spurs on.

16. If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.

17. If you drink, don't park; accidents cause people.

18. Some days you are the bug; some days you are the windshield.

19. Don't worry; it only seems kinky the first time.

20. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

21. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.

22. Timing has an awful lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

23. A closed mouth gathers no foot.

24. Duct tape is like the force; it has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.

25. There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.

26. Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your mouth is moving.

27. Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

28. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Instant Karma's Gonna Get You: Transmute Now and Avoid the Rush!

Clairvoyant, prolific author and spiritual teacher Doreen Virtue, channeling Archangel Michael, says, "2006 will be exactly of your own choosing. Each of us will have different experiences with 2006, according to how we handle the new energy.

"2006 brings in a new level of energy that perfectly mirrors our thoughts, our reality. The angels call this new energy elastic. The theme of 2006 is, What You Put Out There, Is What Comes Back To You. If you say kind things about other people, then other people will say kind things about you. If you are generous with others, then others will be generous with you. If you expect doors of opportunity to open for you, they will. Conversely, if you think or say anything negative about people, the world, government, or Anything ... the negativity will immediately come back to you.

"This is a year where all of our spiritual lessons are called into action. We will all receive more divine guidance, clearly and easily. If we follow this guidance without delay, we find ourselves gliding along the flow of a fun, healthy, and prosperous new year. If we ignore the guidance, we wonder if we are being tested, ignored, or punished.

"2006 will be like living in a house of mirrors. Whatever you expect to see, you will see. Whatever you send into the mirror, will instantly reflect back to you. The new energy is clear, high, and bright ... and is a wonderful opportunity to experience heaven upon earth.

"Make time to positively visualize and affirm your wishes and desires. Feel gratitude that they are already manifest and don't worry about how they will come into material form. Since we are all one in truth, whatever you wish for yourself is what you wish for others as well. The reverse is also true: whatever you wish for another is what you wish for yourself.

"You can call upon the Archangels Michael and Jophiel for help in releasing any negative tendencies that you would like to leave behind. The angels will transmute the underlying fear beneath the negativity. In place of the fear, the angels will help you to feel loved in all ways.

"I see and feel grateful that you are peaceful, feeling loved and loveable, completely healthy, prosperous, and enjoying a meaningful career based upon your natural talents, passions, and interests. I see and feel grateful that the planet is peaceful, the environment is clean, that all people and animals have their needs met and are treated with love and compassion. I see and feel grateful that all residents of this planet enjoy the best year ever in 2006!"


The Pathways of Desire

I had an experience of this mirroring just a few hours ago. Shopping for groceries in Whole Foods, I was distracted by a woman popping a piece of chocolate into her mouth. Chocolate is probably my only vice, and a weakness at certain times of the Moon cycle. As I ambled over to the bakery section, there were tantalizing samples of dark chocolate brownies waiting for my tongue.

But as I expressed my desire along with my reluctance to give in to the sugar craving, knowing it lowers immunity, Terra, the sweet young woman behind the counter, began telling me how she definitely agreed, saying she knows the mochas she drinks in the morning and sweets she eats regularly are contributing to her bladder infections. Since I have a long health history that includes bladder infections, candida overgrowth, and severe environmental toxicity, I was happy to offer what counsel and insight I could.

She, in turn, began focusing on how much better she feels when she does yoga and eats well, and we commiserated over the high price of organic food due to the current lack of support for organic farmers. By the time we finished talking, I said, "You know, I can resist this brownie now; it no longer appeals to me." And she thanked me for inspiring her to take better care of her health as well.

Terra had asked me early on, "How do we overcome our cravings?" I think we answered that question together: by shifting the focus, so that the pathways of desire (a wonderful phrase that's the title of a book of short stories by Ursula LeGuin) support our highest good. The better we feel, the more we'll crave that good feeling, and the more our desires will flow in the direction of fulfillment on every level.

Blessed Be!