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Astrovision Horoscopes – November 2010

Harsha Rigney has provided me with some of the most helpful and down to earth Astrological readings I have so far come across. I used to read her health horoscopes every month when I lived in New Zealand. We are now fortunate that she puts up a summary every month on her helpful horoscope blog. I have included her mood for the month as well as just the Scorpio horoscope for November, please take a second to check out her horoscope blog to find your own horoscope for November.

ASTROVISION FOR NOVEMBER

Jupiter and Venus have both been Retrograde – Jupiter since 23rd July and Venus since 8th October. On the 19th November they both will move Direct. This is where the planet that had been appearing to move backwards (Retrograde) is now appearing to move forward (Direct). This takes the energy relative to that planet into an easier flow, having been held back, creating delays. With these two moving forward again we will generate more excitement in our lives, see progress with business developments, be more open in our relationships and have a greater feeling of love and ease of affection.

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Astrovision October Horoscopes

Back in the day when Healthy Options magazine was still being published I would go to the back of each issue the minute I got it to read the horoscopes for the month. Harsha Rigney has provided me with some of the most helpful and down to earth Astrological readings as well as the most beautifully illustrated and useful moon calendars (great for gardening by the moon!) I have so far come across. For the past year (since Healthy Options went under) I have been at a bit of a loss without her monthly horoscope reading. I just got word that she has updated her website to include a personal blog as well as a horoscope blog so I am very happy. I am including here here general astrovision for October as well as what she says for Libra, since that is my personal sign. I highly recommend going and having a look at your own sign for October here.

ASTROVISION FOR OCTOBER:

This is an important time for long term decision making. We are to commit ourselves to set pathways, applying strategies and management skills. We are to eliminate distractions, building upon our discipline and motivation by establishing boundaries and guidelines. It is not appropriate to get caught in stagnant pools of old emotion. Just like water when feelings are flowing they remain healthy, left to swirl in a rock pool they quickly become toxic. It’s time to toughen up – get the job done!

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Medicine Rattles and Our Future

The healing journey may begin with ourselves, but unless it extends outwards towards our homes, our communities, our ecosystem, and our biosphere any healing we achieve can not last….–Harvest McCampbell

I can’t remember exactly how it was I came across Harvest McCampbell’s inspiring book (which is also a very helpful resource) Food Security & Sustainability: For The Times Ahead, but I am sure glad I did, became her friend on facebook, and had the opportunity to meet her last year. Her extensive knowledge of all kinds of plants and their medicinal abilities for healing both humankind and the earth, and her open nature have really given me a lot of hope and inspiration over the past couple years. Whenever I have a question about soil, compost, healing and even history she is available. I personally don’t know how she does it, as I know she has a large following on facebook, and that she manages to keep up with all of us!

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She’s on a Mission to Get You to Dance!

“If more people danced everyday, the world would be a much happier place!”

So says Mary on her website thefreebox.wordpress.com and I couldn’t agree more. She has taken it upon herself to perform (and document) a daily dance ritual, and she’s real fun to watch. Her dances are improvised and often playful, you can tell she’s enjoying herself and the energy infectious.

Here’s the video for her dance on day 155 to ‘Italian Waffle’ by Mujaji. Hope you like it:

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Eucharistic Justice Liturgy

A beautiful liturgy of justice and welcome which can be found in The Eucharist: Bodies, Bread, & Resurrection by Andrea Bieler. Sunshine sent this in around Christmas last year and I (hellaD) am just getting around to sharing it with you all now. The ritual of speaking from the elements is very powerful and the call to a table set and waiting resonates deeply in all of us. The community and communion of breaking bread together is very important to all of humanity. Even if you are not a Christian, or even religious, this liturgy will demonstrate the power of a long awaited meal, shared together with deep respect for the bread and the mystery of soil and elements which come together to provide the bread in the first place.

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The Sema Ceremony (Whirling Dervish)

I have pulled out some excerpts from Sema: Human Being in the Universal Movement (Text by Dr. Celaleddin Celebi, illustrations by Ingrid Schaar) which will help to explain the Sema Ceremony of whirling. At the end it explains briefly how to twirl like a dervish and tap into the energy of nature, please read the full article with an in depth explanation here.

Sema is part of the inspiration of Mevlana Jalaluddin-i Rumi (1207- 1273) as well as of Turkish custom, history, beliefs and culture.

The fundamental condition of our existence is to revolve. There is no object, no being which does not revolve and the shared similarity among beings is the revolution of the electrons, protons and neutrons in the atoms, which constitute the structure of each of them. As a consequence of this similarity, everything revolves and man carries on his live, his very existence by means of the revolution in the atoms, structural stones of his body, by the revolution of his blood, by his coming from the earth and return to it, by his revolving with earth itself.

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The Basics of Spirituality

One should not pass over these things, simply saying they are food. They are in reality a complete civilization. –Abdulhak Sinasi, Camlicadaki Enistemiz (1944)

I really like the philosophy and spirituality of the Mevlevi (a Sufi brotherhood which originated in the Seljuq period, under Mevlana Jalaluddin-i Rumi) because the kitchen is central to their philosophy and daily life. Their rituals value the importance of taking time to cook, something we are missing in the modern age. Many of our ancestral rituals, whatever culture we come from, focused around food and cooking. The alchemical mystery of fire, water, air and earth coming together to create something new that nourishes and pleasures our bodies and senses has inspired mystics and poets, around the world, for thousands of years. Food is an aspect of spirituality that we all easily resonate with.

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