Sun Shining in Aries

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Welcome springtime! The Sun enters Aries this morning. Ecstasy, one of my favorite Maxfield Parrish paintings, has hung in my home for twenty years. When I bought it, I was in the midst of a steep and exhausting climb up a mountain of self discovery and spiritual awakening. Ecstasy evoked hope during those dark days and pointed to the only outcome I was willing to entertain. And then one day spring returned…

A few years ago I wrote this piece that seems just right for today.

My tracks are faint now, fading with the sands of time. As I step into this new phase the path shifts direction. The long trek up the mountain well worth every challenging step.

From here, I can see forever. From here, I can easily fly. From here, I can be seen and heard. I’m strong enough now and ready. My journey has taught me to release the heavy baggage. I don’t need it anymore. I learned to look gravity in the eye and defy it rather than allowing it to define me.

I’m free now to delight in life and make some fresh tracks. Or take to the sky and fly.

©2009 Jodi Lilly

Wishing you every delight of the season as winter gives way to spring and sparks wonderful new beginnings on your path.

With Big Love,
Jodi


Dream A Little Dream Of Spring

Spring waits in quiet splendor just around the bend
These last days of winter dawn softly
Releasing the final vestiges of the past twelve months
Days grow longer; sunlight slowly overtaking the night

Dream time is rich; filled with vibrant images
People long gone but never forgotten by the heart
Appear full of life and laughter
Singing the timeless greetings of their spirit

Everything is possible in this nebulous world of wonder
Beauty reaches new heights in this sacred space within
Flashes of insight and seeds of potential in glimmers of grace
Carry their promise on the breeze of imagination.

Exotic flowers in full bloom carry me back to the island life I left behind
I see the shining sea and the bougainvillea-lined lane of my morning runs
The magical beach I walked at sunset rejoicing in the splendor of Life
Lives and breathes in the eternal springtime of me, still.

© 2007, 2010 Jodi Flesberg Lilly


Aries New Moon ~March 26, 2009

easter-sunday-2008-023The Aries New Moon is today. This is the new moon of the year for planting the seeds of that which you would like to see grow in your life this year by way of goal and intention setting. In other words, make a plan.

I used to have an aversion to making plans, for fear of limiting myself. What if it turned out that what I planned wasn’t really what I wanted, after all? Eventually, I realized that my strategy just left me feeling adrift. Once I started making some plans a kind of creative magic happened and all kinds of new information on the subject became available to me to which I previously had no access. Though a plan is no guarantee of success, it does open you to a world of new possibilities and potentials.

Despite all outward appearances, 2009 holds tremendous promise for all manner of new enterprise and creative endeavor. This New Moon has Venus, Goddess of Love and money, sensuality, self-esteem and values, relationships and the law close at hand. Though she has traveled back through Aries for this meeting, her influence is an important reminder not to move too quickly or forget to take care of ourselves in these rapidly-changing times. She encourages putting more of our energy into positively focused activities that feel uplifting rather than allowing our fears to dominate, controlling our decision-making and thus the tone and quality of our lives. Remember what matters to you. Keep in mind why you are doing what you do. And this year it is important that there be beauty–the definition of which is unique to each of us–woven into our endeavors and that we all choose to do more of the things we love. Turning away from the old systems and moving toward that which speaks to the heart of you is what is called for now.

Aries is the warrior, the pioneer, the individual that is not afraid to take a stand and stand out in the crowd or even lead the way to something different. The potential of this new moon unlocks the doors and throws them open to adventure, invention, beauty and grace.

Wishing you a beautiful, bountiful, blessed adventure that expands in ways that inspire and delight you on your journey into spring.


Sun in Aries ~Vernal Equinox 2009

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Spring has arrived, at long last. Winter is behind us and Growing Season 2009 has begun.

The Sun has now joined the still retrograde Venus in Aries, so though there is still a lot of energy in Pisces and Aquarius, you may be feeling a bit more enthusiasm for life. The fog will clear even more as Mercury enters Aries on March 25th.

Aries is about shifting gears, starting over, getting going on something brand new. The Aries New Moon is on March 26th and is said to be the best day of the year for setting intentions for that which you would like to create in the weeks and months to come.

For many years, I held Treasure Mapping workshops on the day of the Aries New Moon. I encourage getting a few friends together for an afternoon of Treasure Mapping on March 26. All you will need are poster boards, scissors, a selection of magazines and some glue sticks. We always did a short meditation and visualization before beginning, to set the energy and really get into the creative space that guides one to produce a truly inspiring Treasure Map for the year.

This year, especially, with the North Node, Mars, Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune still in Aquarius, it is very helpful to pay attention to the inspired visions that feel intriguing. There is a wide-open realm of possibility and potential available to be tapped that simply was not there before. Dreams, visions and inspiration are the vehicles through which we move beyond the old ways and into the new. The world is ready for the inventors, those who are willing to ditch the old boxes and step into the fresh, clean unknown and create from there. How does the picture change when you color outside the lines? This Aries energy is inviting you to try it and see. Experiment. Aries asks us to entertain the possibilities, “What if we did this, instead?” Let your imagination run wild.

If you could birth something truly extraordinary in your life, what would it be? There may never be a better time for boldness. The world is looking for a better way to do so many things right now. What unique gifts do you bring to the party that might create a positive change? We are each born with at least a few extraordinary abilities or Sacred Gifts that benefit the world. There has never been a better time than now to start using them.

My friend, Monique MacDonald, teaches a course on Sacred Gifts. You can learn much more on her website Discover Your Sacred Gifts.

I wish you all a most delightful growing season. May the seeds you are planting today expand your life in a multitude of beautiful ways.