Friday, January 8, 2010

Ice Queen

The weather in Overland Park, Kansas made the front page news in Florida. It's cold, we're grouchy and just as soon as the driveway gets shoveled, another snow comes during the night. The farmer's almanac predicted a bad winter and the snow drifts prove it right. Temperatures are in the teens with high winds that slice through your clothes and the sun doesn't even want to come out. My street entrance has so much ice packed on top of each layer from the snow plows that it feels like I'm driving over a curb. I'm constantly mopping the floor from wet boots, still worried about my son's concussion from his fall. Why don't I move? Winter is a dear old friend. She shortens my days, forcing my family inside. We're eating homemade soups, breads and pastas together. We laugh, stay up later, drink hot teas, finish projects.

 Her breath is quiet late at night. There is magic in her mood, giving me time to reflect. Time to pause, time to admire her long icy fingers and smoothe white skin that sparkles under the moon. Trees crack in the distance from the weight of her cold touch and I'm empathetic to her pain. She is pregnant with life, her labor reminds me of the beautiful spring that she will soon birth. Three more months! Brrrr cold.

Friday, January 1, 2010

It's Over!

Mars Rx in Leo at the Solstice, Mercury Rx in Leo at the Solstice, Mercury Rx in Capricorn day after Christmas, Lunar Eclipse at nine Cancer on New Year's Eve, mid January solar eclipse in Capricorn, Mercury going direct and Saturn turning Rx in early Libra and Pluto playing a role in everything!

 "Oh Lords of Opposition, why do you always visit this time of year?"
  People are tough. We survive, we fight, we cry and get better. December 2009 had its share of challenges. It came and left with two full moons and if that wasn't enough, Mars and Mercury both went Retrograde right after each other, all in unison with holiday shopping, budget cuts and out of town company. Parump!
  ret - ro - grade  adj.
 (moving or tending backward, opposite to the usual order, inverted)
 For me, retrograde is the time when Mother Earth reminds us to go inside ourselves and pull out what no longer serves our highest good. She nudges with the help of planetary friends and what we consider chaos is God's perfect planned mistake. Wishing everyone a very glorious happy NEW YEAR!