Happy Monday! Finding Magic

Monday September 18, 2023

– Crescent Moon Phase – challenge, growth, struggle, expansion, gathering

9/18/2023 @7:00 AM EST

– Moon in SCORPIO 

– Retrograde Planets 2023 

R – Pluto – May 1 – Oct 11

R- Saturn – Jun 17 – Nov 4

R – Neptune – Jun 30 – Dec 6

R – Chiron – Jul 23 – Dec 26

R – Uranus – Aug 28 – Jan 27

R – Jupiter – Sep 4 – Dec 3

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac)  Sep 18th – Mow to Increase Growth, Cut Hair to Increase Growth, Wax Floors, Dig Holes, Cut Firewood

Planting Calendar (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – 18th – 19th – Start seedbeds. Excellent time for planting aboveground crops that can be planted now, including leafy vegetables which will do well.

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): – Kali – Goddess of Beginnings and Endings

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Kathe – God of the South, God of Frequencies, Harmonics, and Waves

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month – New Moon in LEO SUN/MOON –  24 LEO: totally concentrated upon inner spiritual attainment, a man is sitting in a state of complete neglect of his body (EARTH – 24 AQUARIUS: a man turning his back on his passions, teaches deep wisdom from his experience )

SUN – 26 VIRGO: a boy with censer serves near the priest at the altar

EARTH – 26 PISCES: a New Moon reveals that it’s time for people to go ahead with their different projects

Happy Monday! We can find magic in surprising places if we learn how to look for it.

I’m 14, at the beach in my hometown, feeling like “whatever” it’s so boring, who cares really. And then this woman ran out onto the sand and exclaimed,

“It’s the ocean!”

I ask, “what?”

“I grew up in Colorado. I’ve never seen the ocean. My God! There’s so much water.”

Tears began to stream down her face, and I thought, “we’re on the same beach, but mine is boring and hers is beautiful. And if I have to choose . . . I’d rather be on her beach.”

As she walked away, continuing to exclaim about the palm trees and the coconuts, I thought about how easily time makes us numb to beauty and how I didn’t want to live that way anymore. For the rest of my childhood, the beach was very different. ~ @DavidSHolz

I came across this little story today and had to stop and take notice. How often are we blind to the beauty around us? Often it’s the little things that we grow accustomed to and forget.

I live on a beautiful tree-lined street in Eastern Pennsylvania. People throughout the borough comment on the large linden trees. The canopy spreads over the street keeping it 10-15 degrees cooler than everywhere else.

What do I often find myself thinking about it?

  • Those people don’t have to rake it.
  • It’s “fall” all year long – dirty messy trees
  • The sidewalks are all buckled
  • Grass will not grow in the front yard
  • Remember 2 years ago when the wind blew the tree down on my neighbor in her car

Wow how the power of negative thinking can take us down. Are there issues with the trees? Of course. But I tell you. I would not trade them for anything. I mourn every time a tree falls in the weather. I resent complaints about them.

Do I like the raking? Of course not. But I love living in our little forest.

The Grass is Always Greener

I think we get used to our own surroundings to the point where we can forget how they really are. We grow nose-blind to the smell of our pets. We ignore the pot with the broken handle. Or the rip in the couch. Or the stain on the rug. It does not inconvenience us so we forget about it.

But its not just the bad things we forget. As the stories above illustrate, we can be in the middle of the Garden of Eden and forget to smell the flowers.

Pay Attention to The Beauty Around You

I grew up in Southern California. We often times went camping out in the desert. People who have never been there could never imagine the beauty of the desert.

  • Is it sparse? Sometimes.
  • Hot? Much of the time. And cold at night.
  • Dry? By Definition.
  • Dangerous with poisonous snakes and scorpions? Sure.

Anyone who has spent much time there will tell you more stories. About the beauty of sunrises. About birds and small animals living on the edge. About plants fighting for water and the defenses they have to survive in the harsh environment.

I remember the hiking and motorcycle riding. Camping and campfires. Hearing the howling of coyotes throughout the night.

All in a desert that some might just this is desolation.

The places we live and visit all have a magic in them. Call it the magic of nature if you need to. I call it more than that. It is a personality and a life all its own. If you are lucky, you have found one of those special places to live in. And even if it’s not so special, it may have a personality that you have not quite discovered.

If you have a chance, please post a picture and description of your special place.