The Future of Work
As we enter the year 2001 and a new millennium, there are always predictions. As a business astrologer, Id like to tell you about some workplace and economic predictions for the coming years ahead that could change our lives in major ways.
These predictions fall under the following categories: 1) Changes to the nature of the workplace; 2) Changes to capitalism as we know it today; 3) Changes to the way we use and view time.
The Power of Passionate Work
I used to be a reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer, back in my twenties, and after working there for a the better part of a decade, I reached a threshold the word in this case having a double meaning as both a point of transition and a measurement of my tolerance for pain.
At this threshold, I began hearing a calling to quit my job and become a freelance writer, a decision thats not exactly designed to reassure ones parents, and one that I couldnt bring myself to make for years anyway, though the gods were drumming their fingers, and though I was slowly over-ripening and rotting on the vine. In the back of my mind, I heard the whispered admonition of an old Roman saying: The Fates lead those who will. Those who wont, they drag.
Promoting Balance through Diversifying Work
Imagine the following scenario: A child of five or six is asked, by an adult, what it would like to be when it grows up. The child innocently, yet enthusiastically, answers, "When I grow up, I'm going to be a musician and a dancer and a cook!" The adult chuckles and says, all-knowingly, "You can't be all those things at once. You've got to choose one. Besides, you won't make any money doing those things!" The child then follows the sage advice of its elder and grows up to be a mono-worker, gaining identity in life through one title and one job description.
How were we taught, as children, to think of our future work lives? How are we, in turn, teaching our children? Why are children so often limited to one dream, at best? Perhaps adults try to avoid the emotional dissonance that they would feel if they acknowledged their own limited dreaming.
The universal year 2001 resonates with the frequency of the number 3 (2+0+0+1=3). The main themes for this year are creation and expression. Whatever you started in 1999, you now have the opportunity to expand and share with others this year. The 3 year brings out the spirit of the child and the desire to create joy in our lives. What aspect of your creativity wants to come out this year? Are you a closet painter, writer, dancer, or musician? Is there something that you are really passionate about that you would like to share with the world but have been holding back? Use 2001 to discover your own form of creative expression. Let yourself be like a child, and really play and express yourself this year!
January, following the extravaganza of light during the holidays, can be life-threatening to people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder, abbreviated SAD. The slow return of the sun coupled with the dark, endless days of inclement weather typical for our region of the world provides the conditions for depression and other mood disorders to act out and dampen the ability to feel pleasure.
Happily, stones marshal their forces to bring us vibratory relief from symptoms of anxiety, anger, and depression, and offer resources to increase joy, serenity, comfort, and happiness.
The Path to Authenticity Is through Story:
Deena Metzger is a poet, novelist, and healer. She developed a therapy model called Healing Stories that creatively addresses life-threatening diseases, spiritual and emotional crises, and community and political disintegration. In recent years, she has included the members of the natural world in her definition of community, both political and spiritual.
Sonya: You say that story is the bintu point from which the universe is created. What is the meaning of "bintu"? How have you arrived at this understanding?
Grief and Grieving: The Importance of Daily Rituals
Time is the gift that has been given to you to come to terms with your mortality.
How you structure time is essential to your spiritual life. The rituals by which you define your day-to-day activities determine if you feel connected to or disconnected from life your self/spirit and whether you feel okay about yourself and about others. Rituals allow you to find meaning in your daily activities if you are willing to slow down enough to realize that you are in and on the journey rather than hurrying to reach the end of the journey. It is where you are right now that is important, not where you are going and when you are going to get there. We are, as Teilhard de Chardin, said "spiritual beings on a human path," not human beings with spirits somewhere if we could only find where we put them.
Warming Winter Foods
There is no doubt in my mind that eating whole, organically grown foods uplifts my thoughts, my speech, and my vibratory emanations, and that, conversely, as these functions are raised to higher levels, I more positively affect my surroundings. In my own life, sharing food with my family and friends fosters our love for one another and our respect for the natural world. I am honored to share my thoughts on food and eating with you all, and offer these words to help us make the most of the New Beginning energy that surrounds us now.
Communing with the Gods
In May 2000 I had the privilege of co-leading a spiritual tour with Don Arturo Cervantes, a Peruvian shaman, to a very mysterious place known as Chavin de Huantar. Located at an elevation of 13,000 feet in the Peruvian Andes, Chavin contains a pyramidal complex (photo at right by Jim Conley) that archaeologists claim is the oldest settlement in South America, and possibly the entire Western Hemisphere. Popular myth and excavated artifacts mix at Chavin to reveal that much or most of Andean civilization originated at the site before being dispersed throughout the highlands and coastal regions of Peru by ancient missionaries known as the Viracochas, the "Gods." As an inveterate researcher of seminal civilizations around the globe, one of my primary goals for coming to Chavin was to try to get answers as to who these Viracochas were, where they came from, and why they came.
Shock and Trauma Resolution:
Have you ever suspected that certain life events you've been through not only stressed you but probably shocked and traumatized you? Ever noticed a loved one go through a difficult time and knew they had not had a chance to fully discharge fear or pain from an accident or emotional hurt? Then you might have asked yourself, after comparing your hurt to that of someone worse off than you, "How can I really justify feeling this way? After all, what happened to me was not as bad as others have had to suffer."
Women's Spiritual Lives
Those occasional doubts, the internal dialogue, and the constant nagging: these are the days when we ask ourselves, "Who am I? What am I supposed to be?" I dont know if there is a "one-size-fits-all" answer. I also dont know if the answers Ive found and continue to find are the final versions. We are continuously evolving, and this evolution requires many years of soul searching, studying, and experiencing. What I know to be true is that regardless of what I learn today, yesterday, or tomorrow, the answer is the right one for that specific moment now.