Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Forget January 1. The real new year is March 20 -- the Spring Equinox and astrological new year -- when the Sun charges into fiery Aries to banish winter's chill. Aries is the sign of the Ram and also the first sign of the zodiac, associated with the energy of youth. Now we throw off the shackles of winter, break any chains that have hindered our growth and get ready to pursue some exciting new goals.
During the Spring (or Vernal) Equinox, we in the Northern Hemisphere catch "spring fever," as plants and trees sprout new leaves and begin bearing fruit (in the Southern Hemisphere, the same date marks the Fall Equinox). Love is in the air -- ancient Celtic and Mediterranean peoples celebrated the Spring Equinox as a sacred marriage between God and Goddess. This was symbolized by the custom of hand-fasting, a form of betrothal. Thus, it's a wonderful time of the year to begin or revive a romantic relationship, or to initiate new endeavors of all kinds.
The early Egyptians recognized the Sun's passage into Aries as a sacred turning point of the year, and built the Great Sphinx so that it points directly toward the rising Sun on the day of the Spring Equinox. For our ancestors, the birth of spring meant that winter's cold was ebbing, dwindling food supplies would soon be replenished and bellies would be full once again -- certainly a cause for celebration. And party they did, for days on end, as bonfires raged to help rekindle the light and warmth.
Equinox literally means "equal night." At the Spring Equinox, day and night are the same length, with light ascending. Hence the theme of rebirth or resurrection, which is echoed in the Christian tradition of Easter -- celebrated soon after the Sun moves into Aries. The symbols of Easter bunny rabbits and eggs have their roots in pagan traditions that honored nature's fertility. Ironically, the name "Easter" was taken from a Teutonic lunar goddess, Eostre, whose holiday was held on the Full Moon nearest the Vernal Equinox. Since the church does not celebrate Full Moons, they designated Easter to be celebrated the Sunday following the first Full Moon after the Equinox.
Sunday, January 02, 2011
Thoughts and dreams, holding on tight,
No matter how hard, donít give up the fight.
The tears start to fall with pressure and pain,
Keep pressing on and get rid of that shame.
Smile for you and keep yourself strong,
Things will work out, youíre not always wrong.
Wipe those eyes and pick up your head,
The worldís still turning and you are not dead.
Believe in your heart, keep your spirits alive,
Donít doubt yourself, you will survive.
You are loved even if you donít see,
Keep your personality, that is the key.
Be yourself, do what you do,
Maybe people will get the clue.
Ignore those put-downs no matter how hard,
Forgive your enemies, send them a card.
Encourage others, be a good friend,
In doing good things, there is no end.
Things can go wrong and make you feel low,
Itís good not to dwell, you can let it go.
Say you can do it and not that you canít,
You could be famous and people could chant.
You could go to the moon and fly past the stars,
You could get your famous name driving race cars.
You could act on a stage or do ballet,
You could be a mother to say ďIt will be OKĒ.
You could fight fires or work in a zoo,
You can follow your dreams, itís all up to you.
Pain and fear is all part of life every day,
You can do it if you want and you say.
Every problem will pass, keep holding on,
The scars from the past will soon be gone.
Love who you are and keep your chin up,
One day you will really know the meaning
of a golden prize cup.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
A Senior Dogís Poem
One by One, they pass by my cage,
Too old, too worn, too broken, no way.
Way past his time, he can't run and play.
Then they shake their heads slowly and go on their way
A little old man, arthritic and sore,
It seems I am not wanted anymore.
I once had a home, I once had a bed,
A place that was warm, and where I was fed.
Now my muzzle is grey, and my eyes slowly fail.
Who wants a dog so old and so frail?
My family decided I didn't belong,
I got in their way, my attitude was wrong.
Whatever excuse they made in their head,
Can't justify how they left me for dead.
Now I sit in this cage, where day after day,
The younger dogs get adopted and driven away.
When I had almost come to the end of my rope,
You saw my face, and I finally had hope.
You saw thru the grey, and the legs bent with age,
And felt I still had life beyond this cage.
You took me home, gave me food and a bed,
And shared your own pillow with my poor tired head.
We snuggle and play, and you talk to me low,
You love me so dearly, you want me to know.
I may have lived most of my life with another,
But you outshine them with a love so much stronger.
And I promise to return all the love I can give,
To you, my dear person, as long as I live.
I may be with you for a week, or for years,
We will share many smiles, you will no doubt shed tears.
And when the time comes that God deems I must leave,
I know you will cry and your heart, it will grieve.
And when I arrive at the Bridge, all brand new,
My thoughts and my heart will still be with you.
And I will brag to all who will hear,
Of the person who made my last days so dear
author unknown This is in memory of REX!!! I love you bub
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
This is hard for me, and that is the reason I need to give myself a treat...Because I AM WORTHY of receiving something that I have worked so hard to for!!! It is so difficult to say and it is even harder to BELIEVE . How come I have taken the abusive attitude of my parents towards myself??? I wish that I could just tear it away and appreciate who I have become unconditionally. I always get out of bed in the morning with good intentions, and I practise positive self-affirming statements, BUT! There it is...the ever present "BUT". It's automatic, it doesn't require ANY extra energy! It is ingrained into my soul and I want it to go away. That is why I HAVE to be here on this team, and that is why I will give myself a reward, some kind of treat to remind myself that I MATTER and that I CARE that I have achieved some positive results on my healthy life-style journey. I am tearing at the destructiveness of my past loathing to my SELF. I want to learn to not use food as a way of emotional sabotage so I don't have to own my feelings of unworthiness. I love others better and with more commitment than I do myself. And this has to change so I can become the thinner, well-adjusted woman I know that I really am, deep down, under all this outer layering that keeps me from my REAL life. I will give myself LOVE, by way of loosing the anger and hopelessness I feel so easily. I will do it by measuring my progress honestly, and accurately, with self-pride. I will give myself something that other friends and family already give me... an open heart and a smile when I feel good about my accomplishments!! I deserve to feel good about who I am and what my future holds. I will give myself the gift of LOVE I have to learn to give myself something as beautiful as I feel for all the hard work! I have to tend my own garden with all the love and caring I would if it were my child! And I have to like what I have created, that no one can ever destroy!!! ME!!!!!
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