From the Publisher
by Deverick Martin
I expected to use this space to announce a new name for The New Times, but Ive learned that events here sometimes occur on a schedule other than my own. Our staff often refers to The New Times as a distinct entity, a feminine energy that is independent from any of us, individually and collectively. She was born before any of us were on the scene, and she will continue on after all of us have left. She sinks her roots down deeply, and she allows changes to gracefully unfold in their own time.
We planned to select our new name at a staff retreat after evaluating suggestions from readers and input from shamanic journeywork, along with practical and legal considerations. As the date for the retreat approached, we had some unanticipated staff turnover, and I decided to defer the event until new staff was in place. It was important to me that the people who would be implementing the name change participate in the decision process. As we go to print, the renaming project is moving forward, and I hope to announce and implement the change before year-end.
From the Editor
by David A. Young
It feels both strange and not strange to be "stepping down" as editor and "stepping up to the plate" as a sales associate. When Penny resigned, I helped Deverick put together ads for her replacement. We placed those ads in a variety of places, including the August issue of The New Times, little realizing that it would be the last issue I supervised as editor. Almost literally the moment we sent that issue off to the printer, through a little bit of discussion and a heavy dose of guidance, we came to the conclusion that I was to be our new account representative.
When Deverick bought the paper in 1996, it was after a search that had lasted nearly two years. He had spent his entire professional career until 1994 as a civil engineer, but left the corporate world to shop for a business for sale that reflected his values better than what Ive heard him call "implementing bad policy in the kindest, gentlest way possible."
Science Gets Religion:
If God created the world, his primary concern was certainly not to make its understanding easy for us.
With the birth of history's seventh millennium, the significance of our relationship to God now takes on even greater meaning as it shapes the scientific foundations of our future perhaps the keys to our very survival! For the first time in recorded history, science has placed at our fingertips the ability to permanently change our genetic code, shift the patterns of our planets weather, engineer entirely new forms of life, and copy existing ones as cloned replicas powers that have historically been left to God and the forces of nature. Each of these technologies holds the promise of improved standards of life, unprecedented opportunities of healing, and ultimately the survival of our species. If used unwisely, however, all carry the potential for tragic consequences, lasting for periods of time measured in hundreds of generations.
a Person of Power
Nowadays you hear a lot of talk about "taking back your power." I enjoy feeling like a powerful woman, and would love to feel that way all the time. I love feeling empowered to achieve all my goals and deepest dreams. But what does "taking back your power" really mean? Just what is true power?
The only true power is the power of love. Since love has no limits, you have a great deal of potential power at your disposal. Your power lies in your ability to be true to the voice of your heart and to your true feelings and to take actions that are in harmony with your heart and feelings.
Each month, following her predictions for the coming month, Deborah Ilg offers intuitive guidance in response to readers' questions about relationships, family, children, animals, health, career, finances, or the other side. E-mail Deborah at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or call or fax her at (206) 985-6601 if youd like her to answer your question in The New Times. Please do not give your name when asking your question; anonymity and confidentiality are assured.
This month is an excellent time to keep a conscious focus on your path and the goals you have chosen, even though lifes distractions may try to steer you off your path. Focusing on your goals while being aware of distractions is a positive way to bring consciousness to a higher level. Sensing distractions as they approach you is the first step. Taking time to choose what to do with them is the next. Being conscious that these distractions are not taking energy away from your goals is a good way to build intuition.
By adding the universal year 2002, (2+0+0+2) = 4, to the 9th month of September we come up with the vibration of 13/4. The 4 month is a time for grounding and manifesting on the physical plane. The number four is all about producing tangible results in material form. With a solid plan of action, you can make great strides toward manifesting your goals this month. Look at your New Years resolutions or goals for the year and brainstorm activities that will get you closer to your goal. Then, prioritize those activities and schedule them into your daily life. By breaking your goals into monthly, weekly, and daily activities you will find that even the largest goals become doable.
Virgo: Striving for Perfection
This is the sixth article in a series exploring the 12 astrological signs. In Western Astrology, the heavens are divided into 12 equal sections, beginning with Aries at the Vernal Equinox and continuing through the rest of the zodiac. The dates given below are approximate; exact dates for the beginning and ending of the signs vary from year to year. Please consult an ephemeris or a qualified astrologer to verify your sun sign and to get a more complete picture of your entire astrological chart. Although the description below applies especially to those who were born when the sun was in Virgo, it is also applicable in varying degrees for everyone, as Virgo appears somewhere in each individuals chart.
Weeds: If You Cant
Beat em, Eat em!
Weeds are described in the dictionary as wild plants growing where they are not wanted. I can appreciate that, but Ive found that when I enlarge my understanding of the role some of these weedy intruders play in my garden, I am better able to enjoy the garden and the "weeds."
In nature, these plants resist conditions cultivated plants cant resist, such as drought, unfavorable soil pH, lack of humus, and other deficiencies. Their presence tells a story about the land they are found upon.