Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sustainable Change

"I want to feel the evolution of things. I don't believe in transcending, but in being embedded in a reality that is temporal."

- Ilya Prigogine

Now, between the Equinox and the Libra New Moon, our future gestates within the pre-dawn womb of consciousness.

Evolutionary forces beyond this dimension inspire us to sing the songs of creation in harmony with Mother Earth and all being, to heal, open and align, to attune to the rhythms of life and join the cosmic dance.

In a year of quantum change, we've reached the season of the harvest and celebrate the accumulated experiences of the journey so far. The joy and sorrow, ease and hardship, miracles, obstacles and the spirit that infuses all.

Days are growing shorter here in the northern hemisphere, lengthening below the equator. Leaves wither. Seeds sprout. Life slows down or speeds up, as the cycles turn.

The change of seasons in the outer world reflects our inner transformation. What's next?

In 2010, we're initiating a new sequence for the coming times. The window of opportunity is now. This is a year of tearing up the fields, turning the ground, then casting seeds for what will be through 2012 and beyond. What are we creating?

Life as we've known it is changing swiftly. It has to. The path we've been on will not sustain us much longer. We have to evolve. Natural cycles indicate we have two years to change direction and lay the foundation of a new world.

I've prayed all year that enough beings will seize this opportunity so we can turn things around on planet Earth. Now it's time to put that prayer into action.

Desert Awakening

Earlier this month, during Mercury's retrograde phase, I took a trip through the desert and awakened, again, to my deepest desire.

High in the San Jacinto Mountains of southern California, I pondered the state of our world, the economy and what all this change means day to day in people's lives. For generations, too many on all continents have lacked the basics of shelter, food, medical attention, education and our greatest human need, love. Today the numbers are growing fast as the economy shifts and the population swells unchecked.

As I drove from Los Angeles to Phoenix in 100-degree heat, I was shocked to see how much development has sprung up in the harsh desert terrain. Mile after mile of houses, condos, resorts, golf courses, shopping malls and strip centers line the desert streets. Where does the water come from to sustain life here? How many tons of coal does it take to keep the air conditioners running through most of the year? How much of the electricity is coming from wind and solar power?

I thought of my brother and his wife up north in Winnipeg. Where they are, millions live in near-tundra conditions, with countless homes and businesses dependent on a steady flow of natural resources and food.

What becomes of the people who live in these places if the power grid goes down during the searing heat of summer or the frozen depths of winter?

Development like this around the world is not sustainable. We can't keep draining the Earth's resources indefinitely. There are other ways of being that will ensure humanity's survival.

What's Sustainable?

The solutions rest in blending modern technology with ancient wisdom. Our ancestors thrived in extreme climates for generations without lights, air conditioning, heat and gasoline. Some tribal cultures still do. We can learn from them how to live in harmony with the Earth and natural cycles.

The devastating oil spill earlier this year in the Gulf of Mexico was a wake-up call. At least briefly, it focused the world's attention on the rampant global environmental crisis and the need to reduce our dependence on Big Oil. The damage created by this one accident will impact future generations for decades to come.

If we heed the message of the incident, the crisis could be a turning point that gets us headed in a positive direction that will heal our lives, our communities and our world.

The problem isn't going away just because the leak in the Gulf has been capped. We need to fix this. The Earth is out of balance, and she will do what she needs to do to rebalance her systems. We can participate in this process by harmonizing with Mother Earth and each other.

This is the next evolution.

On the Libra Equinox-Harvest Moon gateway last week, I shared how I will contribute to this turnaround on Earth, and I invite you to join me. After returning to the ocean from my desert journey, I received an e-mail with a link to a video that offered me enormous hope, and a vision for what we can do if we work together.

Four Years

"Four Years. Go." is a collaborative project bringing together organizations and individuals around the world in a unified effort to forge a new direction.

Check it out. Join if you feel called. And help spread the word.

My book Cosmic Time describes how our experience on Earth is embedded in a vast cosmic matrix of accelerating change, fueled by the creative force of love. It explores personal and planetary transformation within a cosmic context as we make our way through Earth's transition to the next world age.

As I wrote the book, I understood that the next evolution of my work will be to focus on sustainability, to continue exploring and sharing the wisdom that has been shared with me by those who are pioneering in renewable energy, natural building, alternative communities, local food production and other sustainable lifestyle practices infused with the spiritual light of the cosmos and rooted in the Earth and ancestral wisdom. This is Eco-Spirituality, and it is my passion.

In these times, sweeping change is forcing us to evaluate our priorities and pool our talents to address humanitarian needs, restore balance to the Earth and create a new world, a world we want our children and their children to inherit.

This is the essential message of the prophecies around 2012. We must change our ways to assure not only the survival of Mother Earth and her creatures, but the flourishing of a new, empowered, galactic culture on Earth.

The clock is ticking.

Earth in Balance

Where do we go from here?

We explored this question and previewed planetary energies in detail during the September 20 Autumn Equinox-Harvest Moon Teleconference.

Highlights include the Equinox and harvest season, Full and New Moons, Venus' upcoming shamanic journey in the Underworld, the Samhain/Beltane Gateway, planetary retrogrades and the eclipse series coming up in December/January. On this call I also shared more about my commitment to creating a sustainable future for the Earth and her children.

You can order the mp3 here:

Find out when the hotspots are in the next three months and how to navigate the energies. A special guided meditation will help you attune to the divine frequencies streaming to Earth through these planetary portals.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Harvest Blessings

As the planets come into a unique and powerful Equinox alignment, we focus on balance and integration. This moment of standstill extends through Thursday.

The Harvest Full Moon closely follows the Sun's crossing into Libra at the Equinox tomorrow. This is a time of culmination and celebration. We're harvesting the abundance of all our experiences in this Earth journey since the December Solstice.

In a year of upheaval and reconfiguration, we're offered a pause before another round of intense transformational energies begins in October.

Wishing you bright blessings at this sacred and auspicious time.

Autumn Equinox/Harvest Moon Teleconference

We previewed the planetary energies in detail during last night's Autumn Equinox-Harvest Moon Teleconference. If you missed this information-packed program, you can still order the audio recording. Find out when the hotspots are in the next three months and how to navigate the energies. Here's the link to order the mp3:

Friday, September 17, 2010

Earth in Balance

Where do we go from here?

As the sun slips below the horizon these nights, I notice the change of seasons with the turning of the Earth. Another cycle is coming to an end.

The Equinox approaches, a point of balance in the solar year when day and night are of equal length. The waxing Moon dances with Venus in the western sky.

The Evening Star will disappear soon, to travel through the underworld of deep transformation as she prepares for her next journey. Cycles within cycles, all is change.

At sunset I contemplate the enormity of the challenges we face. What are we harvesting, individually and as a people, from the tremendous opportunity we've had this year to redirect? Have we seized the chance to change, to craft a new way of being, to initiate a new sequence for the times ahead, beyond 2012?

As an astrologer, I know this opportunity won't come along again. We have two years to turn things around on planet Earth. And within that two years, this is the time to commit to making it happen.

What's It All About?

The way the planets align form special portals for the transmission of specific cosmic frequencies. In 2010, the planets have lined up with points in deep space that have sent our earthly reality into a tailspin. The Grand Cardinal Cross formed by planets in our solar system aligns with the center of our galaxy and the center of the supergalactic cluster that includes the Milky Way. With this Grand Cross, the Universe has engineered an unavoidable wake-up call. We're supposed to be paying attention.

Ways these energies might play out in our lives include sudden illness, accidents, career changes, relocation, and the loss of loved ones, relationships or your home. Depression is common. Many are diving headlong into addictions. At the same time, many are reporting sublime spiritual experiences, accelerated healing, an abundance of new opportunities, magic and synchronicity. Through crisis and triumph, we perceive the hand of the Divine at play in our everyday lives.

Prophets and sages, elders and rishis, yogis and shamans throughout the ages have known this day would come. The world is turning inside out as the rate of change accelerates on planet Earth. This truth has been prophesied since ancient times, encoded in the Mayan calendar and facilitated by the divine intelligence of the cosmos.

We can choose to align with the galactic forces and collaborate with the Universe in shaping the way things go from here. Or we can resist and try to hold on as the creative-destructive energies wrench the past from our grip.

Equinox-Full Moon Portal

We have another supreme opportunity to attune to these universal forces next week.

In a display of cosmic synchronicity, the solar and lunar cycles dovetail this year as the Harvest Full Moon coincides with the Libra Equinox. Within hours on September 22-23, the Sun and Moon align with Jupiter and Uranus first, then cross into Libra and Aries to form a portal with the Supergalatic Center. Pluto and the lunar nodes complete the cross in Capricorn-Cancer and echo the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on June 26 this year. Cosmic energies stream to Earth to support our evolution.

This rare sequence is an extended moment of balance, a point of initiation. The effects of prayer, meditation and ritual go quantum as the planets align. The Galactic Initiation Portal occurs overnight September 22/23 and culminates as the Moon crests to full in the wee hours of Thursday morning.

As the crisis in the Gulf of Mexico and natural disasters around the world have shown us repeatedly, our world is out of balance. The time for change is now.

Don't miss this opportunity to align with the cosmos and decide to make a difference, to step forward as an empowered co-creator living your purpose at this critical time. The details of what that might look like don't matter. The focus right now is the commitment. The way and the how will be shown.

The Equinox-Full Moon portal next week is about taking action and making the changes that will carry us into a higher vibration. As Earth's future hangs in the balance, change isn't a choice anymore. Our survival depends on it.

Autumn Equinox-Harvest Moon Teleconference

On Monday, September 20, we'll preview the Equinox-Harvest Moon alignment and share ideas for actualizing the potential of this portal through intent, prayer, ritual and meditation. Join others from around the world as we celebrate the change of seasons and attune to the planetary energies at this special time.

We'll also give the celestial forecast for the next several months, including the hotspots to watch for, what to expect and how to attune to the energies. Highlights include:

Autumn Equinox (Spring in the Southern Hemisphere)
The Galactic Cross
New and Full Moons
Venus in the Underworld
Samhain/Beltane Gateway
Planetary Retrogrades
December-January Eclipse Preview

The event will be recorded, so you don't need to be live on the call to participate. When you register, you'll also receive a copy of my 2010-2012 Astro Preview as a study guide.

Details and registration:

Shift 2010

Since November last year, we've been exploring the meaning and opportunity in the extraordinary planetary configurations of 2010. Here are links to some of the articles. I encourage you to research the interpretations of others, too, who have keyed in on the importance and potential of 2010.

It is such a privilege to be here, now, in this magical twilight between world ages. As I stand each night in the glow of the Sun setting silently over the Pacific, I pray that we will awaken to this opportunity of a lifetime, that we won't miss this chance to change, to evolve, to embrace love and choose life.

Back to Basics

Cosmic Crossroads

Galactic Cross

Lunar Revelations

Love & Light

As Above, So Below

Ascension Activation

Cosmic Time

In my book, Cosmic Time, we explore the 2012 cycle shift and what it means for us in our day-to-day lives. How do we make our way through the tremendous changes we encounter every day? Where is all this change leading? The book focuses on personal and planetary transformation within a cosmic context. The content is relevant and timely. To read excerpts and order a copy, please visit my web site:

Saturday, September 11, 2010


"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it."
- Mahatma Ghandi

The ways of spirit never cease to amaze me.

Last night I picked up a DVD from a huge stack where I'm staying near the Pacific coast in California. I'd never heard of the film "Remember Me," but the blurbs on the cover were compelling. As I sat down to watch, I thought it was your average love story.

It turns out the film was not only beautifully acted and directed, the timeliness was haunting. The story of two families intertwined by fate unfolds sweetly, like a flower in spring. The dramatic ending stirs the emotions and invites deep contemplation.

This film humanizes the events of September 11, 2001.

The heartless attacks on targets in New York City and Washinton, D.C., nine years ago today struck like lightning and forever changed the landscape of our reality. Things will never be the same.

Back at that time, Saturn and Pluto faced off in a chilling opposition that lasted nearly two years. September 11 fell between the first two exact alignments of these two heavyweights - Saturn, the planet of karma and form, and Pluto, the annihilator.

Today Saturn and Pluto continue their showdown with a waning square that forms part of this year's cardinal t-square. The Saturn-Pluto square also forms half of the volatile Grand Cardinal Cross we've experienced the past several months.

The winding-down of the Saturn-Pluto cycle provokes memories and questions. How have we healed since September 11, 2010? What have we learned, individually and as a people? Are we stronger? Kinder? More tolerant? Willing to reach out to strangers? What guides us - fear or love?

For generations, spiritual prophecies around the world have foretold of this time of awakening and transformation. As encoded in the sacred Mayan calendar, the evolution of consciouness is speeding up in these years through the 2012 transition and beyond.

Whether natural cataclysm like massive earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis, or human-generated devastation like the Gulf oil spill, Earth changes are part of the sweeping transformation that grips our lives and our world in these days of living prophecy.

Events in the external world give us countless opportunities to go within, to contemplate, process and release, to open our hearts and minds, to grow in love.

In 2002, as the Saturn-Pluto opposition ended, I lost my brother to brain cancer. He was 36. This tragedy reunited a family divided by time, distance and beliefs. Today we're stronger, and still healing from the loss of Eric's bright eyes and infectious laugh, his relentless determination and quick wit.

On this day, especially, I remember him and pray for all who have suffered in service to this ongoing evolutionary journey.


Remember Me

2010 Astro Highlights

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Back to Basics

It's the New Moon, a time of new beginnings. Kind of.

As the Sun and Moon meet methodically in Virgo, six planets are in retrograde motion, traveling backward through the zodiac from our earthly vantage point. Mercury is retrograde in Virgo until September 12. Jupiter, Uranus, Chiron, Neptune and Pluto are transiting in reverse, too.

Retrograde periods are more appropriate for re-evaluation than initiating new plans or projects.

So what can we actually begin at such a time?

I've been on retreat the past few days contemplating that exact question. To me, it seems most appropriate to focus on the basics, the foundations of life. Take care of unfinished business and get a foundation established for a big new beginning at the Autumn Equinox on September 22. There will be more new beginnings beyond that, too, as each of the planets returns to direct motion.

The next turn of the solar wheel comes when the Sun enters Libra at the September Equinox, followed closely by the Aries Full Moon. Tonight, into tomorrow, we're planting seeds that will come to fruition then.

The New Moon is exact at 6:30 AM Eastern on September 8. In Virgo, the focus is gratitude and service, also healing and health. Getting back to basics might mean clearing out clutter and donating items you don't need to someone who does. Tend to the physical body with a medical or dental check-up, a cleanse or therapeutic massage. As we purify on a material level, we notice our thoughts become more streamlined. Truth emerges from within.

In developing ritual and prayer for this passage, consider...

- What has changed in your world this year?
- How, whom or what do you serve?
- How healthy do you feel physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually?
- Is it time to shift your direction, focus or habits?
- What are you willing to commit to?

I've written extensively about the current and upcoming planetary energies in my blog and ezine. Check out these articles for more ideas:

Blog: Cosmic Crossroads
Cosmic Time Ezine

The New Moon is subtle, an opening to the vast emptiness of the void, the space between breaths. All is possible in this twilight moment of transition, from old to new. Dream well.