My birthday gift to myself: a blogging hiatus — Fiesta Estrellas (ReBLOGathon Day14)

Hello friends, As my birthday approaches, and my life has changed in a new influx of abundance with the birth of my daughter, and projects that demand my full attention, I think more about scaling down my life. I’ve started going through my emails, and reducing and eliminating every subscription, that even if I have […]

My birthday gift to myself: a blogging hiatus — Fiesta Estrellas

I am reblogging this post as a reminder that I did step away from my blog for moments. I always returned. I know I will always return now. I have the confidence in this that I have developed over time. I am glad I took my breaks when I needed to. Also, each and every one of you commented here back then, have meant so much more to me than you knew at the time, or even now!!! I love blogging. I will blog until I die. Whoo HOO! 🙂 For those of you who are ready for a break, I completely understand. There are so many shifts in life, so many. We have to move with the times and the moments that we need to do. I will be here blogging and waiting for you to return..

Right now I am not taking a blogging break. However, I am not able to visit all your blogs as much as I would like. I am doing better than I thought I would, though. It’s almost that mid-month crunch, and I’m just about to find a day to get caught up–as my days keep getting filled with patients, administrative tasks/business work, parenting, house cleaning, and hopefully I can get to transplanting my plant babies very soon! I will keep blogging throughout the month–but just know that I will have to do some catch up with you and yours ❤

The Full Moon in Aquarius: Consciousness, from Individuation to Awakening — Fiesta Estrellas (ReBLOGathon Day13)

Aquarius Full Moon: Ushering in the New Era There is a nature to the universe, an order, a unity that is divine. Early scientists had some interest in what they sensed as the divinity of order, and they sought to uncover it. At the Aquarian Full Moon, August 13th, 2011, we come clean to our […]

The Full Moon in Aquarius: Consciousness, from Individuation to Awakening — Fiesta Estrellas

After spending the morning with my family, celebrating my husband’s birthday, I have sat down to complete my very last and assignment for my doctorate program, which I will present this upcoming week in my very last class. I’m feeling a little bit crunched for time. I can hear my husband and my daughter “roaring” in the next room. I think they are pretending to be lions. This is a favorite thing to do. When I was at the store with my daughter picking out a gift for her dad’s birthday, the cashier said, “you are living the dream.” Well, I do believe that’s true! She was referring to my beautiful, sweet little girl. Yes, I am definitely living my dream in every way, with her, and with him.

I did write this blog post see the link in 2011.

The transits are different but I think we are still ushering in the new experience of life on the planet. I won’t use words like “awakening” nor will I use words about extra dimensions. I think we are going through an ordinary (for our universe) shift. I think that the age of Aquarius is still upon us. I don’t think it was just this past set of aspects that I wrote about that would have sealed the deal. Pluto will be moving into Aquarius March 23, 2023, to June 11, 2023, [because of retrograde] then from January 20, 2024, until September 1, 2024, then [due to retrograde] from November 19, 2024, to March 8, 2043. This will be the next epoch. Epochs don’t change suddenly. Also the path is not linear; it’s a spiral. We are humans, so we probably won’t even realize we were living in the age of Aquarius until retrospectively. However, I do have a knack for seeing ahead. It’s not like clockwork, but neither is weather. A weather pattern can change at the blink of a butterflies wings (or an eye). <–see what I did there with the butterfly effect? The point is, we still watch the weather to help us plan. It’s okay. It doesn’t make us “god-like” to do so. Quite the opposite–same with astrology. It’s humbling. That’s why the astrologers that I know, do it.

Personal statement: I am not afraid of the future. I do not fear technology. Technology has been so much fun. If I were to have had kids when I was any younger, I would have missed out on a whole lot of amazing things that are yet to come. Things that have already happened that make every kind of convenience for me as a “young” mother (or older mother of a young child). I am incredibly hopeful for the future; and I do not fret over politics at this time. There was a time when the pandemic seemed as though it was going to “break us all apart.” But here’s what I think: We are much, much stronger than that. We can use our longings for the past and simplicity to bring out the best in the future. I am so excited for what’s to come. I live with the future ❤ and it something that we can make. There are ways we can live more simply, and I think each one of us has to choose the path for each one of us. That means, too, that the kids choose for themselves. This is their future. Please read my blog post and see what I wrote there.

Field of Sunflowers, Happy Bee — Fiesta Estrellas (ReBLOGathon Day12)

Photography ©2017 Ka Malana

Field of Sunflowers, Happy Bee — Fiesta Estrellas

Another one of my pleasures is photography. Photography changes so quickly. It’s been a long time since I got to enjoy being inside of a dark room. The calm silence and the enjoyment of the trickling water in a mostly silent room, dunking my finished photo in the fixer with my tongs and the sensation of the feeling of the photo through the tongs with the touch of its rubbery ends against the glossy texture of the image. I even miss the smell of the chemicals and that red light. I miss the red light the most. A darkroom was a peaceful place to be. Click the link above for all the photos… You will be happy you washed your eyes with abundant sunflowers…

When I photographed the headlining photo, I was taken by the angles of the colors of the different aspect of the image. I could make an abstract painting based off of this photo.

Unconditional — Fiesta Estrellas

*Unconditional* This poem has me in a loving gasp for air that meets me in the center of my soul and gently says “let go” and burrows in for a longer show of moving Spirits inward, connecting joining in my heart the real of love.

Unconditional — Fiesta Estrellas

Themes of self love emerged throughout my blogging experience the past 11+ years. I accidentally stumbled onto the poem I wrote this morning while I was trying to email subscribe to another blog. I was getting an error message which took me down a rabbit hole which led to me deleting a number of pending requests. The pending requests led to others’ inactive blogs. At the bottom of the well, so to speak, I saw that somehow I was subscribed to my own post, a poem, called, “Unconditional.” This wasn’t my intended reblog post for the day. So I will add it as bonus material. I hope you can find the love in it, for you.

ReBLOGathon Day10 Drawing/Art

This isn’t really a reblog because I don’t think I ever blogged about the drawings that I’ve had up on my WordPress blog, on the right side. If you are looking at my blog through your phone app, you might not even see them.

Back when I was a teenager, I used to draw figures for $5 at the local college with a live model. It was like a 3 hour session. Amazing, right?! I always enjoyed drawing the skeleton in art classes, and my other favorite was drawing for biology classes in middle school and anatomy and physiology class in high school.

The lower drawing is from after about a 20 year hiatus in drawing. It’s a still life. Since then I’ve had another 6 year hiatus–with little to no drawing. There have been occasional attempts to be regular about it, but those attempts failed with my other studies and general life stuff. I think in 2023, I’ll make drawing a priority again. I’m hoping to come back as an artist one day soon. I have a lot of ideas and really do enjoy making art. I’m slowly preparing the place for it in my life where I can really dig in. Back in my early 20s I had an installation exhibit in Pittsburgh as part of a shared vision. I know I can begin again anew, and I look forward to it. Thanks for viewing and reading.

I just noticed that I’m publishing this blog post at 11:11 on 11/11/22 Wow, that wasn’t even planned until the last minute 🙂

Her Open Glow — Fiesta Estrellas (ReBLOGathon Day10)

When first I met her I needed a relationship that wouldn’t pursue me, in the usual way. I needed an intimacy that moved with me, as I moved. ~ She will not lead you to still waters, nor even ask you to take a drink. she doesn’t even care if you pursue her. She just […]

Her Open Glow — Fiesta Estrellas

The beginning of self love has many beginnings. Each day is another layer, and another chance for greater awareness. I hope you enjoy this poem.

Scorpio Full Moon — Fiesta Estrellas (ReBLOGathon Day9)

Full Moon in Scorpio, May 17, 2011 (As occurring on Kauai, Hawaii @ 1:09am, may be the 18th elsewhere) Look back. Don’t go back.    The moon shines at night, it is reflecting the conscious light of the sun; and Moon, she takes her shape from the positions of the Earth and Sun as they […]

Scorpio Full Moon — Fiesta Estrellas

It might be a Taurus eclipse that we recently had, but it’s still a Scorpio month!! Here’s a post that when I wrote it was very popular (by the standards of 2011, I guess). Well, anyways– Here’s the nod to you, Scorpio. It’s really your month, after all. 🙂 Happy Birthday to all the Scorpios out there who are reading. We are celebrating all month for the many, many Scorpios in our lives who have birthdays: in my married family and in our preschool family. Yay!

Happy Peppering to all those Cheer Peppers and their other friends, too!

November 17, 2013, Taurus Full Moon, Relationships, Art — Fiesta Estrellas (ReBLOGathon_CHEERPEPPERS DAY8)

Image credits:  Candlelight and Wine, by Ralph Hocker, Acrylic ― 11″ x 14″ ARIADNE, VENUS AND BACCHUS BY TINTORETTO (1518-1594) “Beautiful colors can be bought in the shops on the Riato, but good drawing can only be bought from the casket of the artist’s talent with patient study and nights without sleep.”   ~ Tintoretto   (such is the […]

November 17, 2013, Taurus Full Moon, Relationships, Art — Fiesta Estrellas

This is another earlier blog post of my mine. I reached into my archives where I wrote about astrology; this was before I branched out and wrote poetry, and shared my art, and got more social about my life and my journey. I published a book since I was blogged, yay! I like to blog about ALL THE THINGS! New material is coming in 2023–but right now, this is my blog celebration. I teamed up with Cheer Peppers because I wanted to blog for the whole month with a team. I like to share space with people and I’m so glad that you have decided to read my writing, and truly: I am glad you decided to be part of my world. You matter, and I appreciate you!!! ❤ Please enjoy! Another busy back-to-back day today 🙂 I’ll be around to visit you again very soon!

A little bonus today that I’m excited about is that I linked all my Taurus posts to celebrate this Full Moon Eclipse in Taurus we are currently experiencing.

This first one below—> This was my life-changing Kauai experience when I got my spiritual name Ka Malana. It was a short post. I was very busy experiencing it all. I remember the most beautiful New Moon in Taurus ceremony on the beach… just amazing. The order of the blog posts is from oldest to most recent.

This one I didn’t even get to re-read, but I’m in need of re-reading it, *and* slowing down. Whatever that means! Felicia, our aloe, passed away when we moved South to San Diego…. Felicia never recovered. 😦
Lost the photo on this one that was originally linked. This is the down-side of using the internet to store our memories…
You can really see here where I started to write poetry (in place of astrology?) in addition to astrology 🙂
Click this for the photo–I also have blogged “some” of my photography in the past. Long time readers of this blog will remember my photography periods. I’m not sure why this link isn’t showing a preview picture of my post.
This one isn’t about the moon in Taurus. It’s Sun Conjunct Uranus in Taurus.

I hope you are enjoying this celebration!!

The Sound of Crickets, Hafiz, and the Moon — Fiesta Estrellas

Lately, we’ve had the pleasure of hosting a most lovely cricket. For me, the presence of a cricket (inside my house) and right next to me on the couch, is usually a sign. Yes, this has happened to me before, but not exactly in the same way. I have no idea how he got inside, […]

The Sound of Crickets, Hafiz, and the Moon — Fiesta Estrellas

I think it’s Day 7?!

I’m having the time or my life at the Pacific Symposium today where I am volunteering. It’s the largest acupuncture conference in the United States and it’s the first time we’ve all been allowed to congregate today in person in 3 years. There was overlap with my Sports Medicine Acupuncture seminar. I do a lot of advanced training in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. I only just recently started my business a couple of months ago—but I’ve been at this for a long time now. I started with healing arts in 2008 with Massage therapy training. I have been practicing all these years informally but still non-the-less making headway and improving lives. I adore my career now as an acupuncturist and herbalist, as I refine my crafts and work on it, I still have a place for astrology. I am a natural born curious person. Invention and practiced technique is my favorite applied science. I love science and art in equal measure (maybe art more but really it’s not so easy to declare that and trust that I am being accurate). Cheers to you all for blogging every day. I also practice shamanic journeying for clients and family. I’ve been very blessed to have so many animal totems guiding me along through out the years since 2010-definitively. My friend blogging friend Barbara knows that my “awakening” began in 2007–with Reiki. I realize now that it was there all along. I was born awake and didn’t know it. Lol. It depends on how you define awake. For me, I started realizing I was charting my own path during my early undergrad years. Age 18ish, through my beliefs. I found Tao Te Ching on my mother’s bookshelf at age 15 when she was very Catholic. Truly I started astrology at around age 10 with a software program that taught me the nuances beyond Sun sign. I continued to explore that in my teens with lots of friends’ charts. I will eventually start doing readings again for people who desire them and who have burning questions. For now I am celebrating my life with a lovely beverage during lunch overlooking the Pacific Ocean but I’m also writing this blog for my re-blog (intro or post-script). Please read that older post!! 💜 Happy Peppering! I’m not near a computer to upload the cheer pepper 🌶 logo.

With no time left at all, this is the meal I’m gonna eat before going back in for the rest of an amazing day.

Geminizing something New — Fiesta Estrellas (ReBLOGathon Day 6)>>CheerPeppers

perhaps only a butterfly lifting lightly moving slightly, touches the edges of the sea… meeting your pulse ((((((( Once divided, no longer unguided all thoughts provided from duality… ))))))) hearing your song rhymes, rhythmically, rapidly randomly, ripplingly figuratively, linkingly mouth moving, easily… ] hearing your name [ word siblings are scattered in new families created, […]

Geminizing something New — Fiesta Estrellas

You have to read my poem at the link above. It turns out it was definitely a foreshadowing. I gave birth to a little Gemini two years later. Well, thanks astrology. 🙂 Happy Peppering 🙂 I will add this to the cauldron of posts I’m stewing here in the month of November.

Leo New Moon August 3 2011 — Fiesta Estrellas (Reblogathon Day 5)

Leo New Moon: Self-Hood, Be your Best Self. The self is not just ‘one thing.’ The self is composed of: the lower self, the higher Self, the personality, the ego, and the soul matrix. We have the discipline of psychology to thank for giving us other ‘terms’ such as, Id, Super-ego, and the Unconscious. Altogether, […]

Leo New Moon August 3 2011 — Fiesta Estrellas
Ka Malana Photography

This time I put my older blog post at the top. The date is clearly in the title. Maybe it will make the older posts more accessible. I want to be helpful. How can I help you? I think this was the only post that I am aware of right now that received no comments and no “likes,” since it’s publication. This probably suggests that no one read it. I suppose I could go back and look at the stats if I really want to know for sure. But, I’d rather not. It doesn’t matter. I am the one looking at it. 🙂 Wee… This is why I am doing the reblogathon celebration to blog beside the cheer peppers.

I’m cheating a little bit and blogging the night before my 5th Reblogathon Day. This is fine with Cheer Peppers’ non-formalities–which is why Cheer Peppers are my favorite group to be a part of. The leadership isn’t so heavy-handed. That’s the kind of leader I would like to be if the world ever permits me space to lead– a very subtle leader. My desire is to quietly and gently nudge and aid people in their own desired transformation. What’s a Leo to do? Roar? Well, that never really gets anyone anywhere, does it? Roaring is loud and it actually makes it harder for people to listen to that racket.

When we were teaching my daughter to open her mouth to brush her teeth (with her mouth open), we learned from the Daniel Tiger book (a spin off from the most beloved Mr. Rogers character) to make a “quiet roar.” I like that: “quiet roar.” It would so brilliant if the people in my world would tell me on a regular basis just what it is that I do that is very effective. I want to be effective in the best way, even if that means… doing nothing. That’s right, I’ll step out of the way, and let “it” happen. Is that what is most effective?

Maybe being our best selves is all about, surrendering “ourselves” to the collective in service to that collective and learning to really read the vibes and listen to the feedback, and let the self surrender to going with the all-flow, the pulse of the cosmic wind. I am undecided about this, but I am willing to entertain the thought.

Happy Peppering!

DAY4 ReBLOGathon, free will: nano poblano finale & change challenge, astrology — Fiesta Estrellas

New blog post about the old post starts here:

I managed to blog all of November for 2020 Nanopoblano. Some of you might have been there for that. Today, I took a less thoughtful look at my blog (for my ReBLOGathon this year) and took a random post. This is celebrating time! There was a hiccup yesterday with posting comments on blogs and computer frustration, but it comes with the territory for the blogger.

“Neuroscientists identified a specific aspect of the notion of freedom (the conscious control of the start of the action) and researched it: the experimental results seemed to indicate that there is no such conscious control, hence the conclusion that free will does not exist.”

Front. Hum. Neurosci., 01 June 2016 Sec. Cognitive Neuroscience

Free will is still an interesting research topic, just so you know. I originally found Annaka Harris on the Lex Fridman podcast about a month ago. I can see now that all the youtube channels that had links are now unavailable. So I will now link to Lex’s website:here where I ended up getting the podcast. I’m really not concluded on free will vs. not free will. However, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if we find out that free will is an illusion. No. Surprise. Here. She discusses the difference between “free will” and “conscious will.” I think her conversation with Lex is worth considering. She said it’s her game to break up intuition to find deeper understanding about the nature of reality. She’s a bit of a disruptor. Good for her. She means well. She does not talk about astrology. I don’t blame her 🙂 Be nice, she feels more comfortable writing than speaking. She still checks things with her intuition and is “a physicist at heart.”

Old blog post starts here:

This is my final blog post for the November Nano Poblano Challenge, and I’ve been blogging every day, all month! This was a challenge I didn’t think I’d take on with such a busy schedule, but alas, I did it! I’ll be linking all my blog posts here at the bottom. It’s also the day […]

nano poblano finale & change challenge, astrology — Fiesta Estrellas

[Unable to leave comments] celebration interrupted

Hello, I don’t know if this post will work, but when I’ve written comments on Cheer Pepper posts, my comments aren’t working. I’m having technical difficulties and it’s a little bit frustrating because I have such little time and I really try so hard to devote myself to other people. My sincere apologies for those of you who don’t get to know that I am reading your blogs. The funny thing is that I did not get an error message.

New Moon Awareness from Head to Toe — Fiesta Estrellas (Reblogathon Day 3)

With current astrology the Lunar eclipse is the earthly experience of a celestial event taking place November 8, depending on your subjective view from the location on the Earth where you inhabit. See the chart below.

One of best criticisms of astrology can also be one of its best attributes: so much of it can be relevant at *any time.* If we can truly tap into universal wisdom–it is timeless. Also what makes astrology so special is, well, time. But what is it about time that makes it so special? Shall we see it as restrictive and prohibitive (some attributes that Saturn gets tagged with) or liberating and applied like applied science, like “applied time” (the Uranian side of things)? Time is nothing without “how we use it.” But perhaps the most basic thing to realize about astrology is also one of its criticisms: Astrology is symbolic. Aquarius is often the sign that gets associated with astrology and astrologers. My own ascendant and my S.Node (past life) are in Aquarius, the sign of the quirky, trailblazer. I’ve experienced the energy and measurement of both of its rulers: Saturn and Uranus. These are symbols and they don’t mean too much to people otherwise if they can’t see or understand symbols or symbolic language. I am defining astrology here as “symbolism applied over time to celestial movements and observations.” The LINK below is my first EVER post on Fiestaestrellas over 11 years ago. It’s got the strong flavor of New Moon and Pisces…. Not our current aspects and configurations.

New Moon Awareness from Head to Toe — Fiesta Estrellas

5 min meditation — Fiesta Estrellas: Reblogathon (DAY2)

Here is the older post 4/9/20

Hello 👋! I hope everyone is staying healthy and or moving in that direction. I know it’s a hard time for all of us. I recorded a 5 minute meditation for you. It’s at this link: I wanted to offer what I can to help bring some grounding and centering into your day with […]

5 min meditation — Fiesta Estrellas

Here begins the new post:

With excitement comes much needed meditation. One day I collected all these plumeria. I couldn’t believe how amazing this smell was, how sweet and yet grounding. Kauai was the island where I received the name Ka Malana (2011). It’s been my pen name/spiritual name ever since. Right now, as before, I have my daily meditation practice–but somehow I still need more. It’s because I am busier. As I learn to become more active, more efficient, and take on more, I also need to learn to ground more. It’s a continuous process. Please let your creativity flow today, or be settled, or both. How about both?

Creativity & Calm.

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