Note: This blog post is slightly revised from comments I posted yesterday at DailyKos.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Note: This blog post is slightly revised from comments I posted yesterday at DailyKos.
Friday, December 20, 2013
We need is to bring to our relationship with the Earth a sense of renewal and awakening, the energy of The Morning. Blocking this worthy goal is The Crown, the fulfillment of leadership and guidance. It's no surprise that many of our leaders, at all levels from the individual citizen on up, are blocking any progress we could make in treating the planet, our life support system, as she deserves - even as many other leaders are struggling day and night to do what is right for our long-term survival. Those who are struggling for the good of the planet need our help.
What can we do? Shifting this pattern requires the energy of The Arrow - the attitude of making a decision. At the individual as well as the collective level, we need to decide to make taking care of the Earth our priority. And we need to decide this again and again, on a daily basis, it seems.
What decision can you make today to help secure a liveable future for our planet and all her creatures?
Thursday, November 7, 2013
By the way, a customer who bought a previous year's version of the "For Love of Hearts" Calendar said, "It's so nice to look at love and hearts all through the year!" :)
The "Goddesses, Gardens and Views" calendar shows off my photographs and mixed-media interpretations of landscapes and womanhood. That's definitely worth a Huge calendar size!
Monday, October 21, 2013
October 18 brought us a Lunar Eclipse, and Mercury Retrograde began today at 4:29 am Mountain Time. We have a solar eclipse ahead of us before Mercury goes direct on November 10.
The Ladder inspires step-by-step progress towards the Sun energies of radiance, vitality and optimism. Questions of dominance may arise. What is dominating now in your experience? Perhaps you can hold the contradiction between what you are noticing and the radiant truth of your essence. The theme for this cycle concerns our search for truth, a journey that helps us understand the basic principles in life and reveals what we really value and believe.
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
I am writing home decor and fitness articles for Demand Media. I've written on such fabulous things as How to Blend Zen and Mediterranean Decor -- How to arrange a vase in a wall niche -- How to make rugs with carpet squares. That last one is why I'm writing this post now, because it inspired to create a rug for my hallway, and I want share as it goes here on the blog. And I want to have all the excuses out of the way before I start that.
The irony of the writer-for-hire life is that these articles would all make great blog posts, but I don't hold the copyright so I can't use them here. But I can share them, and I've been pinning them to my Tips, Tutorials and How-To's board on Pinterest. So fellow pinners, you can hop on over there and partake of my particular wisdom in the decor area. And fitness, too -- I'm expert in the the life of the couch potato, lol.
I've also been expanding my P.O.D. stores, and of all things Cafepress is the one of the new ones that has started selling for me (may it continue). It's kinda fun to design things like flipflops, all-over t-shirts, shower curtains, tablecloths and things that none of the other PODs do. There's that home decor preference again! My CP store is Jan4insightDesigns, check it out. And here's a pretty picture of one of the products I like:
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
- The ideal path to your front door is curved or meandering. If the walkway is straight or angular, you can soften it by adding a border of flowers.
- Can your guests find you? Make sure your house numbers are easily visible and the entry is well-lit at night, without being glaring.
- Red is the color of happiness and life energy. Use touches of red near your doorway. A flowerpot or plantings of red geraniums are great for the summer; winter holiday decorations traditionally incorporate red.
- Wind chimes are wonderful near the front door. Every breeze produces soothing sound and motion that attracts ch'i.
And so starts a series of posts about Feng Shui that I've had in mind since forever. I'm pleased to share with you more Feng Shui observations and pointers over the coming months. I'm now also sharing my experience at SFGate online magazine. Here is my latest article: How to Decorate Asian-Themed Designs for Bedrooms with feng shui pointers for your bedrooms. Click here for more information about my Feng Shui consultations and other energetic services.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The first lunar eclipse of the year occurs on April 25 at 1:57 pm Mountain time. It's followed by a solar eclipse on May 10 at 6:28 pm, and a final lunar eclipse on May 24 at 10:25 pm. Eclipses are intuitively powerful times that assist us in shaking off the old patterns, manifesting our intentions, and envisioning the next step forward on our journey. My reading of the intuitive energy pattern for this eclipse cycle indicates that we can make headway in developing our inner strength and resources by accessing the prevailing archetype of The Cave ~
Friday, April 12, 2013
Quatrefoil Navy Blue and White Pattern Monogram Vibe iPhone 4 Cover by SocialiteDesigns
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Friday, April 5, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013
Peter Pan's Tinker Bell Not Giving In Disney T Shirt by disney
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Monday, March 18, 2013
The Lover is a way of being in the world that is giving of ourselves, open to intimacy, and passionate. This way of being extends beyond the mass-market hype of Valentine's Day, into all areas and aspects of life. Let your self go and LOVE each day as it comes! Love being in the world, awakening to the sunshine, walking beneath green (or winter-bare trees), and viewing the sunset and deepening dusk at day's end. Love each moment you're awake and breathing, and each little thing you do during the day - whether it's washing the dishes, attending to your *work*, creating a masterpiece (or playfully bringing color and form into being). Love the time you spend with others, love your animal friends, and love your time in solitude.
As with all archetypes, there is a down side to The Lover's energy: it can be possessive. While it's true that you can't really let go of something unless you've held onto it, it takes a fine discernment to know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em. Perhaps this month it's best to put our attention into the giving (of ourselves) rather than the holding-on.
Themes for this month revolve around I Want / I Have. The focus on resources at all levels, including pleasure, beauty, and comfort. "More" is not always more, and when you choose quality and substance over the superficial need to possess, you are truly walking under the light of The Lover.
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Friday, March 15, 2013
Friday, March 8, 2013
The basic inspiration was a quote I saw recently on Facebook: "You should sit and meditate for 20 minutes each day. Unless you don't have the time. Then you should sit for an hour!" That spoke to me, for some reason - especially after I changed "meditate" to "do art" lol.
Then, because I'd gotten a little extra money (and some Michael's coupons) I added two new items to art stash: Sharpie fabric brush pens (got on clearance at Target) and a set of watercolor crayons (from Michael's with a 50% off coupon). I love 'em both so it was a good haul! This page spread was the first use of both sets and I love, love, love the way they worked. I'll be doing more with these, that's for sure!
One other neat thing about this spread - some of the colored circles are actually fake acrylic "jewels" from a large batch I've had in my stash since forever. The red circles are shiny red discs from the stash, and there is one clear faceted "jewel." I glued them in place with Locktite, a heavy-duty glue I found at the hardware store that's only thing to use for applying fake jewels, imo. (The other multi-colored discs are stickers.) It's unusual for me to put 3-dimensional things in my journals, because I still want it work like a book and actually close. However these jewels don't bother the overall book-ness of this book, and I really like the extra dimension they add.
And that's my "tree" spread for this week. Hope you enjoy it!
Friday, March 1, 2013
Thursday, February 28, 2013
I had my first noticeable Mercury Retrograde glitch this week, when I an email I'd sent to my veterinarian went to the Help Desk of one of my online stores. I communicate with my vet about managing my cat's diabetes, which is very helpful and leaves me in awe of the amount of patience this woman has. Multiply my ramblings by an anxious cat or dog mom for each of her patients .... Anyway, I'm grateful to the Help Desk lady for letting me know that the email was missent. And given that the two email addresses bear no resemblance whatsoever to each other, how that happened remains a mystery. It's classic Mercury Retrograde.
Since we can't change or stop Mercury Retrograde, the best thing to do is roll with it. Here are some "survival hints" I've gleaned from my previous posts on the subject:
We often dread this time because when the planet of communication goes backwards, our plans get messed up. We should be careful about taking on new ventures, double-check important emails, faxes, etc. and expect some delays, especially towards the end of the cycle. If we can't move forward, let's rest, re-group, and review what's gone before us.
Here are some useful things to do during Mercury Retrograde: take naps - watch a favorite movie - finish reading a book ~ complete a project ~ clean out clutter ~ get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air in these last days of winter. Think of this time as one of the annual "breaks" the Universe sends us.For myself, I'm going to advantage of Mercury Retrograde's ability to support us in looking back by getting my 2012 taxes done. I've already taken steps to clear the clutter in my office; now I have room to spread out my tax papers and receipts and get them organized. Woo-hoo, won't the Tax Man be surprised when I file my taxes on time this year!
Thursday, February 21, 2013
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