2015-03 Late March Patterns

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After all of the excitement about the recent Solar Eclipse and Vernal Equinox on the same day, anything else seems anticlimactic.  But, as you may have heard on late night television advertisements: “But, wait, there’s more….”

Many of these patterns flow into the early April patterns that precede the Lunar Eclipse in April.  We will address those in a separate post.  We begin with a powerful yod, accompanied by a lesser yod, that dominates the sky from March 22nd through March 31st.  We present beginning and ending charts for this period and note that others may prefer to cast variants of these charts at other times and in other locales:

Yods of 2015-03-22 (Basic, 4 Day Duration)

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…and here is the chart for the “end” of this period:

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Since what we are left with is Saturn at the apex of a yod with Hygeia on one leg and Astraea…

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Just For Today

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Pay attention to the subtle ways in which your mind and body are impacted by your surroundings. Make small adjustments for a greater good.

It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned — and all through this long century of waging war on drugs, we have been told a story about addiction…This story is so deeply ingrained in our minds that we take it for granted: There are strong chemical hooks in these drugs, so if we stopped on day twenty-one, our bodies would need the chemical. We would have a ferocious craving. We would be addicted. That’s what addiction means.  The best way to win the drug war might not be police or prisons … instead, perhaps we should strive to reduce feelings of isolation.

There is no question that the objects that surround us impact our experience of the world.

Recipe ~ Banana Oatmeal Treats (Diabetic-friendly)

These treats are delicious AND they are egg-less, dairy-less, flour-less, and with no added sugar!

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A Gold Star to those of you who recognized that bananas, applesauce, oats and raisins have carbs in them. Unless it comes from an animal, is a nut, or a veggie that doesn’t cloud the water when cooked, it likely has carbs worth counting, so do if you do so.  The starches have more completely converted to sugar in a mushy banana so keep that in mind if you’re worried about a banana spiking your blood sugar.  And, who puts 3 bananas in their oatmeal, anyway??  1/3 cup of applesauce?  Sweetened or unsweetened? Who cares?  We’re talking about 9 vs. 14 grams of carbs for the WHOLE THING!  I imagine you could use 1/4 cup of any “milk,” including – gasp – cow’s milk.  Raisins?  Not much difference nutritionally between packed and not packed – surprised no one brought this one up.  I will add that they are superior in potassium content per serving when compared to a banana.  Who knew that vanilla has 12 calories per teaspoon?  Rolling my eyes.  And cinnamon, beautiful cinnamon … Tasty, beneficial, good in so many recipes or just sprinkled on toast or a sweet potato.  Now, I’m hungry.

Grease the pan, well, or use parchment paper for cookies. Great stuff, that parchment.

Now for the numbers:  I figure this recipe will make at least thirty-six bars or cookies, so have listed the info as Total Recipe / Per Unit.  If you make the recipe and get 36, use my per-unit number. How ever many units you get, divide the Total by that and that will be your special, personal number for that nutrient. Nice, huh?  So …

Calories: 1177 / 33 — Carbohydrate: 244 / 7 — Fiber: 35.6 / 1 — Fat: 11.7 / .3 — Protein: 30.5 / .8

A tasty, natural treat.  Moderate calories, low fat, a little fiber, a little protein, and low carbs.  Let me add these nutrients with sufficient quantity to mention:

Vitamins B-6 and C (bananas, applesauce, raisins) (A, D, & E if you use the almond milk), Iron (applesauce, oats, raisins), Calcium (oats), Magnesium (bananas, raisins), and Potassium (a whopping 2,212 mg in the whole recipe, so 61 mg per unit (if 36 bars/cookies) (bananas, applesauce, oats, raisins).

ENJOY!!

Health ~ Glyphosate, Favored Chemical of Monsanto & Dow, Declared ‘Probable’ Source of Cancer for Humans

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Monsanto’s popular weedkiller is mainly used on crops such as corn and soybeans, which are genetically modified to survive it. It also”probably causes cancer” in humans, says IARC. (Photo: Studioshots/Alamy) ~ Read the full article by clicking on this image.

 

World’s most widely used herbicide ingredient shown to cause variety of cancers by research arm of World Health Organization

In a determination that could have far-reaching implications for the agro-chemical giants like Dow Chemical and Monsanto, the research arm of the World Health Organization has declared that glyphosate—the key ingredient of widely-used herbicides such as Roundup—should now be categorized as a “probable carcinogen” for humans.

In a report published on Friday in The Lancet Oncology medical journal, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), based in France, announced its findings after a meeting of 17 oncology experts from 11 countries met to review the available scientific research exploring the connection between glyphosate, as well as several organophosphate insecticides, and various human cancers. Though sometimes such chemicals are lumped together as pesticides, glyphosate is technically a herbicide, which targets other plants, not pests.

“Consumers have the right to know how their food is grown and whether their food dollars are driving up the use of a probable carcinogen.” —Ken Cook, EWGAccording to IARC, glyphosate is used in more than 750 different herbicide products and its use has been detected in the air during spraying, in water and in food. The panel of experts concluded that “limited evidence” exists to show the herbicide can cause non-Hodgkins lymphoma in humans and additional “convincing evidence” that it can cause other forms of cancer in both rats and mice. Researchers noted that glyphosate has been found in the blood and urine of agricultural workers, showing the chemical has been absorbed by the bodies of those who work most with it.

Origami ~ Box Within A Box

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Large boxes created using 12″x12″ heavy paper.  Detailed instructions here!

This origami project requires only one piece of paper (use pretty Washi woven papers or stiffer 60# papers).  Creates a small box within a box with an attached lid.  Perfect for giving small gifts, keeping a programmed crystal inside, and the like.  Use 15cm x 15cm (12″ x 12″) to create a medium-larger size box.

Idea:  You can lightly clear-lacquer your finished piece made from fancy Japanese Washi paper and make it your Reiki Box or other kind of special-intentions container.

Enjoy!

Entering The Palace

Parthenon-DuskIntelligence can map the journey to the palace of truth. But it dare not enter there. For within the blinding light of truth, intelligence is a nothingness, a void.

Faith is prepared to throw itself into fire for the truth. But, on its own, it cannot find its way.

Hand in hand, intelligence and faith, understanding and wisdom, find their way into the most inner chambers of truth.

Seeds for Meditation … Life In The Ascended State

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The ultimate goal of humanity is to ascend into the crystalline Light body, a state of true immortality.

Evolution does not stop there, but continues beyond fifth density into sixth and finally, seventh, the original level of the soul.

At some point, your soul’s journey through the lower worlds will be complete and you will return to the seventh plane where you will reunite with your soul family.

Whether this happens in 100 years or a million does not matter, for what is in front of you now is what matters.

This is the most exciting time in the history of your soul’s journey.

Even though most of you have had numerous incarnations in fourth and fifth density worlds before, never have you moved directly into the higher dimensions in the manner set before you now.

Planets evolve through the lower densities, taking approximately 108 million years to complete one density level.

In the case of your Earth, which is approximately 4.5 billion years old, it took most of that time to get established on the path of ascension.

Now that Earth is moving into fourth density, we anticipate that she will remain a fourth density world for the next 108 million years, although souls will be able to reside upon her that are fifth density.

In your fifth density state, you will not be subject to the same laws and principles as fourth density humans.

You will be walking in two worlds, or rather, two different levels of Gaia, the conscious being you called Earth.

(to be continued)

Daily Words of the Buddha for March 23, 2015

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Upanīyati jīvitamappamāyu.
Jarūpanītassa na santi tāṇā.
Etaṃ bhayaṃ maraṇe pekkhamāno,
lokāmisaṃ pajahe santipekkho.

Life is swept along, next-to-nothing its span.
For one swept to old age no shelters exist.
Perceiving this danger in death,
one should drop the world’s bait and look for peace.

 

Saṃyutta Nikāya 1.100

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Aloha ahiahi Lapuli and Happy Vernal Equinox!

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Aloha awakea o ahiahi a me Aloha Lapule. Hanu aloha a me hoihoi keia nani lā o po oukou.

Good day or evening and Hello Sunday! Breathe aloha and enjoy this beautiful day or night, everyone.

We hope that the wonderful New Moon energies in Aries combined with the Vernal Equinox sparked your Spring! Mahalo na hoaloha … thank you, friends … for supporting our magical and spiritual journey through the Omni-verse. We’re happy to see that folks are enjoying our listening experience.

Spirits have been called
A long closed doorway is opened
The interaction of excitement and pleasure
Brings opportunity closer

When you meet your soul for the first time …
What will it look like?
What will it feel like?
What kind of things will it say to you?
There is tremendous healing power in getting to know your soul.

NOTES FROM THE UNIVERSE …
Life is not what you see, but what you’ve projected. It’s not what you’ve felt, but what you’ve decided. It’s not what you’ve experienced, but how you’ve remembered it. It’s not what you’ve forged, but what you’ve allowed. And it’s not who’s appeared, but who you’ve summoned. And this should serve you well, beloved, until you find what you already have.

SEEDS FOR MEDITATION … LIFE IN THE ASCENDED STATE
The ultimate goal of humanity is to ascend into the crystalline Light body, a state of true immortality. Evolution does not stop there, but continues beyond fifth density into sixth and finally, seventh, the original level of the soul.

The trick to being a happier person?
Turns out it may lie in setting small, simple goals that can help you to focus on the important things in your life. Setting goals and being happy are part of a virtuous cycle and also reveals what kind of goals lead to the greatest joy.

== GREETINGS VERNAL EQUINOX 2015 ~ ARIES NEW MOON AND RARE SOLAR ECLIPSE ==

This New Moon is truly a new birth of life, inspiration and ideas. It is energetically connected to the womb of evolution, like a butterfly coming out of it’s chrysalis. The earth is changing now all around us as it wakes for the Spring, we are also waking up to what we need to do to grow and move on in our lives.

The energy of transformation is being seeded within each of us. Aries is the warrior, so find your inner spiritual warrior who will guard your back and help keep you focused on your destiny. And don’t be afraid to step in and defend people, places or anyone who can’t help themselves. Find the kind of warrior energy you carry and bring it to the surface.

The New Moon in Aries makes a bold statement and thus leaves no stone unturned as it may symbolically or literally directly point the way to the path that is untraveled. Within the unknown or unfamiliar, the Divine has the opportunity to bring in wonderful surprises. This is a time to make wishes and go for what you want. Aries is a fire sign and is full of ambition and determination. Use this energy to go for what you want. What you may see during the next few days of this New Moon:

During the next few days you may experience a feeling of anger or a new-found confidence, there will be more intense weather patterns, such as storms or thunder. You may be feeling that you need to get moving in your life. There may be some anxiety and impatience over where you are and where you want to be. There will be more spirit/ghost sightings. People will be acting more assertive and argumentative (traffic, at work, relationships, and so forth). Pets may start acting strangely.

This is the Aries energy.

This New Moon is all about change, it is a breath of much needed fresh air. Get rid of old baggage that holds you back. Let the fire of Aries cleanse and heal you. This is a lucky time, so do things that you felt you couldn’t do in the past … be a bit bolder, a bit louder … ask for what you want from the universe … let your thoughts and desires manifest into something real.

Have a Blessed New Moon! May the Divine Mother watch over you. Aloha!

Malama kekahi i kekahi a me Aloha kekahi i kekahi …
Let’s take care of each other and love one another …

O ka Maluhia a me na oe oukou
Peace be with you all

~ From The Halau

Creating An Edible Garden Landscape

Flowers grow and then they die, and you get little use out of them besides a pretty picture. But, now you can have edible landscape!

Edible landscaping incorporates food producing plants, shrubs and trees into urban and suburban landscapes. These landscapes can be a simple garden, raised boxes, or involve complex designs that incorporate dozens of varieties of edible fruits and vegetables. There are many benefits to landscaping with edible plants. Home-grown fruits and vegetables are the freshest and most flavorful.

You control what is used in your garden, you control the foods that are being planted, and you can easily avoid pesticides and herbicides. The edible landscape will save you money on groceries. While growing your own food, you are increasing the food security of the household and community. Winter is the perfect time to plan for you edible garden, think about what you want to plant and where.

First, you need to map out your yard, so you know just how much you have to work with. You should determine the orientation of your property and mark the amount of sun each area gets. This will help you decide what to plant and where. The sun’s position in the sky changes throughout the growing season.

Designing the bones of your garden is very important because the beds are more apt to have plants with a variety of textures, sizes, and shapes. Edible garden beds can be filled with young seedlings or can be empty. That’s when fences, hedges, and maybe a birdbath can be placed.

Next, you should plan the style of your garden by asking; do you want a formal or informal garden? Do you want a theme? After you have determined the setup of your landscape, it is time to choose the plants. This is where the true subtlety of the landscaper’s art lies. First, make a list of the edibles you want and note their cultural needs. Remember that not everything in your garden has to be edible. Next, all you have to do is get to planting and enjoy yourself and enjoy watching your plants grow and mature.

 

Sources:

http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/edible-landscape-zmaz10onzraw.aspx

http://eatyouryard.com/services/landscaping/edible-landscaping/

http://www.garden.org/ediblelandscaping/?page=designing-your-landscape

 

Theosophy ~ Light, Love and Hope (Part 2)

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Each human being must individually come to a deep reflection upon the meaning of death and its connection with the moment of birth. And each must make for himself or herself a decision which enables one to undertake a freely chosen set of spiritual practices. These self-chosen exercises will, now and again, prove extremely taxing, and they can be sustained only by the momentum of a tremendous motivation. As all the greatest benefactors of humanity have taught, we must be ready to give up everything for the sake of the whole. Unless one releases a motivation which is universal, rooted in a love for all humanity, one cannot keep oneself upon the spiritual Path. It is fatal to rush into any pretence that one loves all humanity. Instead, though it will take time, one should dwell again and again upon the sublime and extraordinary nature of that fundamental and all-embracing motivation which is represented by the Kwan-Yin Pledge and the Bodhisattva Vow. Only through that motivation, authentically released and maintained intact, can there be an awakening of the spark of bodhichitta.

The redemptive love of the part for the whole springs from the immortal soul. It is deathless in origin and is the individual’s share in what is universal and immortal. Behind all the modifications and manifestations of prakriti there is Purusha – the single indivisible universal Spirit known by many names. It is indestructible, beginningless and endless. It is itself a pristine reflection of the very essence of the Divine Darkness. The spark or ray of that Spirit within every human soul is the power of love. It can illuminate the mind and enlighten the heart so long as one is ready to give up all, willing to be alone and whole-hearted, single-minded and one-pointed. Then that love becomes a form of wisdom, a ray of light, assuring one in the hour of need and seeming gloom and doom that there is hope. It tells one where to go and what to do, it advises whether one should stand and wait. It gives one immense patience whereby one may recognize those tendencies that come in the way of releasing that spiritual energy. There is that in the lower nature which wants to grab and seize, which also at the same time is insecure and fickle, uncertain of itself and desirous of something from outside. One must learn to wait, to relinquish and wear down that side of oneself which is the weaker, if one is to release the stronger.

Meanwhile, before one is able to release the true strength of the heart, and while one is still in the grip of that which is weaker, one can learn. One can discover the patterns, the instabilities and the vulnerabilities of one’s nature. This process of diagnostic learning cannot, however, come to fruition unless it is balanced by a deep adoration of those Dhyani Buddhas who sustain the cosmos. One must deliberately place the mind and the heart within the magnetic field of attraction of the ideal, the mighty Host of Dhyanis and Bodhisattvas. One can think of them as galaxies of enlightened beings who are cosmic forces, living facts in invisible Nature, and at the same time shining exemplars to humanity in the visible world. Through hearing about them and through studying the sacred texts and noble traditions that have preserved their Teachings, one may begin to assimilate the way of life exemplified by such beings. Thus one can learn to live in a state of learning and letting go – learning joyously and vigorously while at the same time letting go slowly of the fickle, fearful and furtive self. After a point, one cannot even conceive of living in any other way. One finds a profound satisfaction in this way of life, and as a result one is able to look upon the world not as a receiver but as a giver. In the solitude of one’s own contemplation, one will naturally think of hungry hearts and neglected souls to whom one may try to reach out through an ardent longing of the heart and through intense thought.

Breathing on behalf of the world’s disinherited, one can become a messenger of hope to others. Everyone has had the experience, in dark periods of doubt and despair, of receiving a sudden bright flash of inspiration and hope. Gratitude for this light mysteriously received can become the basis of a faith and confidence that one may give light to others. If one persists in one’s solitude in thinking of all those beings who are disinherited, yet worthy of one’s compassion, one can reach to them in their deep sleep and in their dreams. Through the strength of what George William Russell called the Hero in Man, one can give to them that hope or saving grace that will sustain them, whatever their condition. Thus one forms invisible magnetic bonds with other human beings, channels of transmission that can move in every direction. To do this is to go beyond any conception of individual salvation or progress based upon a personalized and localized notion of love or light. One learns how to move towards the sun so that one’s shadow declines, and one begins to understand what it is to stand directly under the sun and cast no shadow. By freeing oneself from self-concern, one becomes truly confident in one’s capacity to reach out and help human beings no matter at what distance. Letting go of all external labels, tokens and pseudo-proofs of love and light, one is prepared to bask, so to speak, in the supernal light and truth, the boundless wisdom and compassion, of the Spiritual Sun.

The entry into this light is to be understood not only in terms of a mystical metaphor. It is also linked up to the presence of actual beings who have become Bodhisattvas of Compassion, rays flowing from a cosmic energy such as Avalokiteshvara. As the lord who looks down from on high, Avalokiteshvara may be envisaged as seated in total contemplation and calmness, wrapped in an extraordinary golden halo of perfect purity and love. He holds within the gaze of his overseeing eye all humanity. To meditate upon this paradigm of all the Tathagatas and Predecessors, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, is to restore one’s sense of the ontological plenty of the spiritual realm. Thus one may transcend confining conceptions of the evolutionary history of humanity or the false notion that human spirituality is entirely dependent upon localized events in the past. Rather, one will come to know humanity as extremely old, extending over millions upon millions of years and sustained throughout in myriads of ways by countless saviours and helpers and teachers. Many of them were humble wanderers in villages who had no external marks, bore no labels and made no claims. Nonetheless, they helped and uplifted the human heart, giving hope to others, and then moving on. Their lives are an uninterrupted and living testimony to the ubiquitous force and presence on earth of the Tribe of Sacred Heroes.

To raise one’s sights to this extraordinarily universal perspective is to begin to see that many questions which once were bothersome are no longer difficult. As soon as one thinks of love separatively or in terms of bilateral contexts, one thinks in terms of particularized intentions and externalized concepts of the will. This concretized will is bound up with proving something, showing determination in a context, mostly through verbalizing and acting out. Whereas, if one thinks in terms of vast collective hosts of beings, uniting all humanity through invisible ties, one is drawing closer to an idea of will as a universal and impersonal force. By inserting oneself within the invisible brotherhood of true helpers of humanity, one can learn to do what one can, according to the measure, degree and depth of one’s knowledge and feeling, without engendering any false conception of the will.

Hermes, March 1985
Raghavan Iyer

The Unlikely Pair

lions3His world is woven with the threads of cause and effect; she makes her choices with no need for reason.

He questions every premise; she accepts with complete certitude.

His world revolves around his own good; hers around that which has greater gravitational pull.

Yet, without one another, neither is complete, neither can find it’s own essence or know its own truth.

Superficially, they seem impossibly incompatible.

At their core, intellect and faith are the perfect marriage.

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What is the basis for your Faith and your Truth?

Recipe ~ Malasadas

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There is nothing that compares to fresh, warm Malasadas … Krispy Kreme donuts can’t hold a candle to these gastronomical delights, hands down.  Malasadas are great any time, but I (Lana) am especially fond of enjoying them alongside a mug of Kona Macademia Nut coffee from the Lion Coffee Company, my favorite coffee vendor in the Islands or online no ka oi for 40 years.

Here’s a video for those who need visuals when they cook … I’ve also included a recipe for a famous Island malasada from Kaua’i that is a personal recommendation from me to you.  Enjoy learning to make this food, which I’m certain will become your family’s favorite anytime treat!

Kaua’i Lady’s Malasada Recipe

  • 1 pkg. dry yeast
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. lemon extract

Directions

Dissolve the yeast and the 1 tsp. sugar in the ¼ cup warm water. In a small bowl, beat the eggs until thick. Put the flour in a large bowl, make well in center. Add the yeast mix into eggs and add lemon extract, sugar, butter, milk, water, and salt. Mix thoroughly to form a soft dough. Cover and let rise until double. In deep fat, drop dough by spoonfuls, fry until brown. Drain and roll in sugar.

I hope that you will enjoy these “Tastes of Hawaii.” This is one of the Plantation Day’s favorites and is also a favorite to visitors to Kauai. Anyone that has been to the K-Mart in Lihue has had an opportunity to buy this yummy treat from the Malasada Lady!

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Get your fresh malasadas at the Kauai malasada stand

Ka Lae, The Point

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Ka Lae is accessible via South Point Road, a 12 mile paved narrow road leading from State Route 11 (Hawai’i Belt Road), the turn off being about 7 miles west of the village of ʻālehu and east of Ocean View, Hawaii This is said to be the first place the Ancients arrived in Hawai’i.

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If you look carefully along the shore you can see holes in some of the lava rocks that were used for mooring, carved holes from ancient times. Kai Lae, means “the point” and there is a fishing shrine there known Kalalea Heiau or Hale o Kalalea. Because there was so much comings and goings offerings were left in this area as thanks for the safe ocean journeys. Women were not allowed (kapu).

You can still see this small 43x 35 foot heiau according to the terrific book Ancient Sites of Hawaii by Van James:…

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