September 10 to 17, 2015 Visible planets: Morning: Venus, Mars, Jupiter Evening: Mercury, Saturn
Dr. Deepak Chopra. I don’t know exactly when or how I first became aware of the man who would become an important part of my [life] physical, spiritual, emotional and psychological, but I do remember being in the remote Mexican fishing village of Cabo Pulmo – in late autumn 1990 – with a copy of the L.A. Times in hand, reading about how the American Medical Association was dissing him and his holistic, integrative approach to health, happiness and well being. Yes.
At that time, Deepak had been identified in the hallowed halls of traditional allopathic medicine as a maverick, a native East Indian, American-schooled M.D. who practiced and promoted the practice of meditation, diet, exercise and silence as a means to perfect health. And Ayurveda. Something most people in the U.S. had never heard of.
I watched Deepak rise to stardom – super-stardom – over the years. I bought his now classic book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success shortly after it was published in 1994. But it wasn’t until six years later, in 1999, that I decided to commit to practicing these laws every day of that particular year and see what happened to me as one millennium rolled into another. And I did. I even carted the book down the Colorado River on a Grand Canyon raft trip. I read the law for each day every day and meditated each day twice a day, morning and afternoon or evening. And my life that year transformed. I moved from one biosphere to another. It was astonishing.
But one of the most compelling things about it all was that as October 1999 came to pass, Deepak came to Telluride for a spontaneous mini-conference at the Franz Klammer Lodge. I was invited to attend a small press conference for The Telluride Daily Planet, the newspaper I worked for at the time. Wow! I was going to be with the man himself for a casual hour or so with a handful of other journalists, free to ask him anything my heart desired. The Law of Pure Potentiality was manifesting right before my eyes.
The day of our little press conference was October 22nd and I knew it was Deepak’s birthday. I took him a card and wrote a note inside thanking him for being here on Earth and sharing his light and wisdom with the world. I asked him about Carlos Castaneda, Carlos Santana and Don Miguel Ruiz, all mentors of mine. He simply said, “We’re all saying the same thing.” That was good enough for me. I got it and I get it.
Now I get to go see him again, along with some other wellness practitioners I don’t know. And it’s the weekend of a Virgo New Moon solar eclipse. The perfect time to start over, initiate a new plan, strategy and practice for the body, mind and spirit. Another wow! Lucky me. Peace, love, happiness and wellness for all.
p.s. I’m expecting Deepak and Oprah to pair up here in Telluride with light, love and laughter to help us all heal ourselves and the world. As we know, there’s no better place on Earth to start.
Aries (Mar. 20-Apr. 19) The September 13th Virgo New Moon solar eclipse is a celestial event packed with layers of transformation. Themes of health and issues of self-improvement stand out against a backdrop of relationship interaction and status. Understanding the supreme importance of the power and influence you have over your own life is key to this new beginning. What is your part? Hang in there. Keep the faith. Do the work.
Taurus (Apr. 19-May 20) With plenty of action at home and plenty to do, you may find yourself a bit scattered or stretched when it comes to personal down time. As expansive Jupiter begins a yearlong journey through your solar 5th house of love and creativity, the world beckons new horizons. But saying goodbye to what is familiar and comfortable is always challenging. This week’s solar eclipse says, trust your intuition and follow your heart.
Gemini (May 20-June 20) This weekend’s New Moon solar eclipse in discriminating Virgo encourages all matters of self-improvement and organization – a word we can apply to everything from messes to personal time. It arrives as a harbinger of the coming year, a gift of grace. Take a good, long look at what you’ve acquired over the years – material, emotional and spiritual – and focus on getting ready and willing to prune the bush.
Cancer (June 20-July 22) As the Sun and Moon conjoin in a Virgo solar eclipse this weekend, pay attention to the information, ideas and conversations that come your way. Celestial emanations of divine light and good intention are filtering through the ethers and will be arriving in the shape of messages, thoughts and words. Get out and about to hear what you need to hear and see what you need to see. Examine internal dialogs along the way.
Leo (July 22-Aug. 22) Your world has expanded with the presence of Jupiter in your sign over the previous year. Now you stand on the precipice of a brave new world. Hard work and accomplishment have awarded you with self-confidence and optimism. You are reaping the rewards of courage and focus, overall, your life has improved. That said, it’s time to prune the bush rather than throw money at it. Seriously, consider the concept.
Virgo (Aug. 22-Sep. 22) Another birthday week arrives with the gift of a powerful solar eclipse New Moon in your sign, the perfect celestial present for those willing and wanting to embrace the unlimited potential and divine will of the cosmos. You are riding the waves of awakening and transformation in an undulating ocean of action and consequence. Everything you think, say and do seeds the universe with intention. Focus on good intention.
Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 22) Emotions are like the weather, they are constantly changing. No doubt you are well aware of this simple, metaphysical fact. That said, it’s a fabulous time to begin examining ongoing internal dialogs. What are you telling yourself, who is shaping the words, who is telling the story, and why? All spiritual traditions encourage self-examination and self-improvement. Self-talk is the perfect place to start. Have fun.
Scorpio (Oct. 22-Nov. 21) This weekend’s solar eclipse in Virgo summons us to rise from criticism to discernment, distraction to focus and fragmentation to integration. And, why not? Self-improvement is the name of the game now and even though you may be well aware of others faults and foibles, your greatest satisfaction and success comes via personal spiritual awakening and transformation. After all, you are with you 24/7.
Sagittarius (Nov. 21-Dec. 20) Self-improvement, service and humility are doorways to the divine, a spiritually rewarding path to inner peace, serenity and joy. But if you feel like you are totally in service to others and the world, over-worked and stressed out, take time out and examine how and why you have set it up so. As a fellow-mutable sign, Virgo can get scattered. But the message here is “less is more” and “prune the bush.” It’s time to start.
Capricorn (Dec. 20-Jan. 19) A Virgo solar eclipse – one of the year’s most potent lunations – comes about this week and portends a powerful end and new beginning to everything having to do with beliefs and belief systems. What is your spirituality quotient? Are you focused on the material world and in denial of the numinous and divine? Perhaps it’s time to invite the angels to your party or initiate a daily spiritual practice. Are you willing?
Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18) Uranus, your planetary ruler and symbol of the higher, inventive mind, forms a compelling aspect to the Virgo solar eclipse this week, prompting independent thinking and unconventional solutions. Good news, you are already comfortable with abstract ideas and unusual methodology. Follow your intuition as you prepare for upcoming Mercury retrograde. Remain open and willing to adapt and discover.
Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20) Asteroid Chiron in Pisces closely opposes the Virgo New Moon solar eclipse this week, calling for a softening of the heart and an awakening to the higher self. As one who is inherently compassionate, this may sound redundant or irrelevant, but it is not. One never regrets doing the kind thing; just make sure you are taking good care of yourself and maintaining healthy boundaries regarding others. Start fresh.
Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living on a high mountain mesa 40 miles west of Telluride. Visit her website @ www.alacazem.com
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