Merry Christmas to those who celebrate! Happy Hanukkah 🕎, Happy Solstice! Happy Kwanza! Happy Festivus! It’s that sacred time of the year when we all share our love for traditions or forge new ones. Some of us are in the Southern Hemisphere and some in the Northern Hemisphere and our weather patterns are all different!
I’ve often mused at the juxtaposition of the Christmas stories in the desert with camel and baby Jesus in the manger. Mary and Joseph with thick views of the Middle Eastern camel 🐪, exotic nights, and the dark spread of sky canopy unveiling the stars. This strongly contrasts with the snowy scenes of Santa lore, flying reindeer against a cloudy dark backdrop of loaded, dense clouds, clad thickly suspended sky. Fireplaces ablaze everywhere.
Here in S. California near the desert we’ve been enjoying very chilly weather for weeks! We had snow just a week or so ago up in the nearby mountains! Now it’s warming up just in time for Christmas Day. Feliz Navidad! I have a long-time friend who has moved to Mexico and sharing all her new sights. Another friend who also moved there recently. Friends in the Midwest and Northeast are facing all different blizzard-like temperatures/conditions. Friends in New Zealand and Australia are enjoying the warm weather and luscious flowers: pansies, violas, hellebore and calendula! My apologies for I know I left many people out. Variety is more than the spice of life-it is the example of life!
We live in a global village.
If you find yourself in delicate repose sleeping more regularly and eating more mightily, you are simply responding to the sensibility of the winter season! If you are in bloom in the Southern hemisphere: same!
I remember the elegant crystal winter mornings I awoke to on the East coast contrasting so sparklingly with the austerity of the night winter wind against the bone of the trees: oh, the drama, the beauty. There was the sound of the crackling ice melting so quickly from the morning sun, and the concern for tree limbs falling. There was brisk, fresh hope and steaming breath!
Now I am cozy here in S. California in a whole new way. I get to enjoy the surprise of weather and the uniqueness of cuisine. This year homemade hot tamales found their ways into our bellies. Santa paid a visit at preschool and we enriched our lives with our annual visit to the internal cottages where we saw the Princess of the Philippines.
With a string of planets like garland in Capricorn: Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Venus, and Pluto, I am eagerly awaiting the planets all to rise on the horizon of my ascendant! For now they are sleepy 12th house dwellers, hiding magic for me in unexpected places.
In March of 2023, Pluto will *finally* shift into Aquarius and sweep in and out of Aquarius until settling there in September 2024 for its long ride until 2043-44. For this next stretch of transit, there’s plenty to be anticipating! I remember way back when I was a younger astrologer and watching Pluto move into Capricorn, anticipating it beforehand and watching its magic unfold. It was a lot like I expected it to be, but maybe even more dramatic than I expected at the time. Financially it was quite a mess for those structures which popped or crashed (insert your favorite destruction metaphor) then came back and washed up again (housing and stock market). So here we are, on the brink of the next epoch. I truly believe it will be beyond belief! I truly believe it matters what we focus on and bring out the best available rather than predicting the calamity that too many do. It’s a waste of time to predict calamity in my opinion.
For now, enjoy your festivities and enjoy this major transition for the first quarter of 2023 is sure to be part of it. Aquarius likes us to ask “What sets you free?”
If you would like to have an astrological consultation with me, feel free to reach out, I’m happy to help you make the best of your energies in the New Year! We are all in this together, in our global village and there so many different perspectives! If you do seek out someone to help you, make sure they care about you.
Be well, be healthy, and find your joy in every moment…!
Off to brunch and the tide pools! The New Moon has revealed a low tide!
27 thoughts on “Tree of Life”
Beautiful wishes Ka, and thanks for the the astrological insights. Surely doesn’t feel like it’s anywhere near time to unbuckle our safety belts with the erratic planets. Wishing you a beautiful holiday season and a new year that is kind. 🙂
Awh! You are so sweet my new friend, Debbie! 🌺💚 Friendship is the web we build so we can live in a net — like a gigantic seatbelt! I hope you know how much your blessing for kindness in the New Year means to me! I hold you in my heart! Thank you! May your blessings be returned to you with gentle magnitude and calm and steady warmth! ♥️🎁 What a gift I just got from you.
Aw, thank you so much my lovely friend. It’s a beautiful thing when we can lift one another’s spirits. And your posts seem to always hit the right spot. Holiday hugs and wishes to you for a beautiful new year. ❤
This is so true what you say! It is so wonderful to know that I am helping to uplift my friends 🙂 Thank you!
Yes you are, and thank you! 🙂 x
I like your tree and global embrace. There are so many beautiful places, people, cultures, and things to learn from each other. Happy Holidays Ka!
Happy Holidays, Brad!!! I agree there’s so much this world has to offer and share, enriching us all! ♥️
I’m a southern dweller, lots of strange weather patterns at the moment but ‘down under’ decided Christmas Day was going to be beautiful…a nice 28C, clear blue skies, very comfortable humidity and a cool breeze. Now that is a gift. Have a lovely Merry Christmas Ka, may it just be full of love, wherever you all are 😀❤️🙏🏽🦋🎅🏽🦌🕊🎄🎁⛄️
Delighted that you had some lovely weather for your Christmas Day. I hope it was all so wonderful however you celebrated! Yes, full of love–each moment is not one to take for granted; and, it’s a reminder to myself, always. Thank you, my friend~! Happy New Year’s blessings 🙂 We will also be celebrating the lunar New Year on the 22 of Jan: We’ve got the year of the Water Rabbit! So, tis the season for 1 million and one celebrations: it connects us to the multitude of the stars out there 🙂 We are many, and we are one! Much love to you!
Thank you for this awareness of weather around the world. I’m imagining our magnificent planet with a variety of dances swirling around her surface. Feliz Navidad! and best wishes in the coming year!
Hi JoAnna, I picture all of the people in my life around the world especially during the ‘holy days’; as for me, I was reflecting on the fact that the holidays have always held a global experience for me, even in my youngest years when I was trying to understand the varied geography depicted in the holidays. Then when I became a teen and young adult traveling around the world, I added more experiences to make these days twinkle with variety…. Yes, I can picture along with you: the “variety of dances swirling” on our Earth’s surface! I hope your New Year 2023 brings you all that you could ask for & more! Thank you for dancing with me here! 😀
❤ Beautiful images! It's a pleasure to dance with you. 🙂
Loving these thoughts on how our holidays have become unique to us and more global in tradition! Happy holidays to you and yours. 🙂
Yes, I think you summed up what I was saying really well. I’ve been marveling at the combination of the uniqueness of our holidays (to each of us) and to the expanding global phenomenon of growing and expanding traditions that fill in our families. Thank you for reading, Jaya! Wishing you the peace and joy of turning a new page into the new year 2023! What will you write in 2023?! Let’s see! Let’s see!
Happy new year to you and yours as well! May the words flow ❤️
Thank you, my friend! That would be wonderful! Easy goes it, wishing you the same: May the words flow! ♥️
I love your global outlook and also the insight you share with astrology ~ wishing you a wonderful finish to ’22 and a great year ahead 🙂
Hi Randall! It makes me very pleased to see yourself here (and knowing your muse is ‘right’ here as well!). Thank you for reading, and leaving such a lovely comment.
As you know and probably experience *fully* in your whole self: we are global. Your photography expands us as you share it! I love it! It’s a nice to connection to share with one another. This global awareness: it’s immense! 😀 Which brings me to the universe as we know it and beyond…
I’m glad you appreciate my astrological insights. There’s so much fun to explore with it, and I look forward to sharing more. Over the years, I’ve come to see that all the answers are already here. It’s the decoding and interpreting that is the problem, if we need a problem. We just need to look into the right questions and from the right places to elicit those questions.
Merry Christmas and happy new year, Ka!!!! ☺
Happy Holidays, Tiffany! I hope you had a great time. I wonder if you had anymore run-ins with raccoons! Happy New Year as well, 2023! 😀
No raccoons in the house lately, but our outdoor visitors are quite active squirrels, birds, and skunks. Oh, and we did have a hummingbird fly into the house on Christmas day! He just came in and circled above us with some tweets and flew out, it was so cool! ❤
Oh, I love the hummingbirds. They are really important to the coastal Peruvians, one of the shamanic traditions that I’ve been working with through Four Winds <3. Supposedly the hummingbirds follow behind the geese in their migration. I just learned that! Have a wonderful New Year, Tiffany!!! 2023
I know looking at your tree, the christmas was memorable as much these ongoing new year holidays. I wish for a journey filled coming year for you dear Ka.
Thank you for your visit, Nara. Each year feels deeply memorable; and yet, I must record it to ensure it. In the past, when I was traveling, it would be a challenge for me to ‘process’ my experiences. I found that writing has always helped me consolidate the memories. Even still, I’ve lost a lot–there were many times I couldn’t write. Thank you for your kind wishes! We will be welcoming in the New Year all the way into January 22, with the year of the Water Rabbit! Looking forward to learning about your explorations in the upcoming year! Take lots of care 🙂
Yes, we must record not only for merely recording but as you said, to process. To learn what exactly hit, and went deeper. And blogging has really made me understand it. Its like depositing something to get valuable but unrecognisable(may be at least now)gains.
The year of water rabbit 🙂 I will take care dearest Ka, will write to you soon. Wishes and Hugs.