Dear Thinking, Feeling Friends:
I know I have been away for a long while, and the world has changed greatly since my last blog. The shoreline and cultural and physical landscapes of my hometown New York has changed forever, we’ve re-elected a president, Big Tex ominously caught fire during the last days of the Texas State Fair, and I’ve started a new phase of my professional career to much ado, support, and fanfare (more in a future post).
So, I write today to check-in, to let you know that I have not disappeared, I’ve just simply been on a blogging sabbatical. I am in my chrysalis, preparing to emerge with rainbow wings that will carry me to and through the next stage of my professional and personal development.
Even philosophers, writers, artists and innovators need time to rest and recharge. I will return after mercury retrograde ends on November 26, and will begin to share news of new developments with my coaching practice, workshops, and alternative fundraisers; I also plan to present a series of activity-based blog entries during the coming year.
So, read and mull over your monthly astrology report from Susan Miller (for your sun and rising signs), and journal to track of your emotions, thoughts, and your heart’s desires. Stock-up on basic necessities (water, canned goods, fire-makers, warm and waterproof gear, make emergency plans, just in case your city has an unexpected shortfall of goods and services like my hometown New York has endured. Despite the challenges of post-weather events, recognize that Hurricane Sandy has helped usher in the beginning of our new American society; a society where grassroots is dynamic, effective and responsive, the educated and ”unemployed” (but not idle) serve others (99%-ers organize the relief effort) to get real supplies in the hands of real people on the ground for the people, and where the technological creativity of teenagers provides information and access for those without gasoline. Every challenge holds a lesson, and New York is showing us that innovation in the face of adversity can create alternate pathways to providence and community.
At this time, I invite you to join me in virtual companionship, to take advantage of what mercury retrograde has to offer us individually an collectively. Now is the time to practice self-reflection, and clear our lives of detritus to make space for future opportunity. Tun inward and revel in your own chrysalis. Practice your art, craft or trade; examine the landscape of your life and ferret out things that no longer work for you (relationships, jobs, agreements, activities, habits), and release them, Simply step away from old agreements that no longer serve you; step away with appreciation for what you’ve learned from those situations or people, for they were your teachers, and turn toward your next lessons. There is no bad or good, only experience. It is only by letting go that you can receive future gifts, and these few weeks are the time cosmically given to us to clear our celestial cupboards for future goodies.
I bid you adieu for now, but will check in each week with any thoughts or observations, and will return in full force at the end of November.
In compassionate companionship,
by Gabrielle Castaneda Pruitt