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Thursday, April 7, 2016 – Astrological/Natural New Year’s Day

New Moon Phase: set intentions and make wishes for the new year

Moon in Aries

Aspect of the Aeon Sophia (Wisdom): Chinnamasta, Goddess Who Expands the Mind

Aspect of the Aeon Thelete (Will/Desire): Ian, God of the East

Skill: rise above fear; recognize the good

True Alignments: taking things step by step, unifying something, committed to or in alignment with what is right, paying attention, lucky, weaving or creating something beautiful, high ideals, insight and understanding of something crucial to our development, self-defense, honor, taking the high road, freedom

Catalysts for Change:  narrow or closed minded, aggression, lack of attention, tricks, inflicting fear, taking over, control issues, road rage, not playing nicely with others, religious persecution, weaving a false story, stealing, backward, fiery emotions, impatient, overly competitive, unable to see one’s blessings

Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month: “the magic carpet of Oriental imagery” (transcendence)

Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “the magic carpet of Oriental imagery” (transcendence)

Happy New Year!

Are you ready for an adventure?  The year-long “magic carpet ride” begins today, and where it goes, well, we DO know, because we know the Code of Life — the Sabian symbols.

These are the locations of the planets at the time of the New Moon, which means they are the primary archetypal energetics that will be in effect for the next year.  Let your mind glide over these currents and see how you feel:

SUN: “magic carpet of Oriental imagery”

EARTH: “a gang of robbers in hiding”

MERCURY: “steps up to a lawn blooming with clover”

VENUS: ” a cameo profile of a man in the outline of his country”

MARS: “a mother leads her child step by step up the stairs”

JUPITER: “a fine lace ornamental handkerchief”

SATURN: “an Easter sunrise service”

CHIRON: “a materializing medium conducting a séance”

URANUS: “a boxer entering the ring”

NEPTUNE: “men travelling a narrow path seeking illumination”

PLUTO: “the Union Jack flied over a new British warship”

ERIS: “a woman in pastel colors carrying a heavy and valuable, but veiled, load”

BLACK MOON: “an eagle and a large white dove turning into each other”

NORTH NODE:  “a girl’s basketball team”

That’s quite a tapestry of a magic carpet!

Before I give my analysis, it is a good idea for everyone to contemplate these symbols for themselves.  The symbols have personal messages and meanings for each of us, so you can think of them as “ink blots” (Rorschach Tests) that provide insight.  How does each of these symbols relate to your life?

Over the next few days of the New Moon phase, consider how these symbols can fit into your future (how they fit on the “table set for an evening meal” that we prepared last month).

Also over the next few days of the New Moon phase, some method or ceremony to set (“seed”) your intentions, goals, wishes, and dreams for the next year should be undertaken.  This makes the intangible tangible.  Make it real or concrete by writing it down, speaking it aloud, or representing it in some way (creative ways are best, like a Wish Board or collage, etc.)

We engage our inner sacred masculine, our WILL, when we do this.

There is an extraordinary amount of Aries energy in effect right now.  Shadow sides and fear are strong because it is a Black Moon Day (day when the Moon is in the same or opposite sign as the Black Moon – in this case the opposite).  Shadows will be brought to light this year.  A great healing will occur.

Aries energy is impulsive, provides new beginnings, initiates things, has ideas, gets very fired up, moves fast, and tends toward anger.  The sign is ruled by Mars.  Emotions are volatile right now, and people are responding a bit wildly.

We will take to our magic carpets and rise above the chaos, as we will do each day over the next year.

We ARE ready for an adventure, because it is going to be a good thing for humanity.  We are stepping up the ride of the Second Renaissance.

(A couple of notes: Computer issues prevented me from recording yesterday, but this is being corrected.

And a note about Planet X/Ninth Planet, Nibiru or whatever you want to call it:  Again I say, why now?  Why “announce” so much information about it now?  The answer is plain and simple.  Timing this announcement with the New Moon in Aries is the Illuminati setting an INTENTION or trying to MAKE IT REAL.  I posit that, based on the timing of dissemination of information, that PLANET X IS A PROPOGANDA AGENDA OF FEAR. It is likely nothing more than a husk of rock.  But the Illuminati are certainly trying to make it something more.  Don’t fall for the fear.  Don’t fall for their ride.  They would not tell us the truth about the real Planet X.  Our planet is not doomed.  In fact, the planet is just getting started.  And we are, too, along with her.  )

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Happy Thanksgiving!


Photo by Judy Lesko

“Prayers of thanksgiving and petition go hand in hand . . . When we are lacking something–food, or money, or love, or success–we feel that having it will surely make us happy. But no sooner do we have it, than we begin to feel the pinch of fear. What if we lose what we’ve so longed to have?”

“Happiness is just a treaty we make with our circumstances. One can be happy in squalor, while another whines in luxury. It is not what we have that makes us happy, nor what we lack that makes us unhappy. True thanksgiving means acknowledging what life has given us, without bargaining to get more, or holding on more tightly.”

–Patricia Monaghan, The Goddess Companion, 1999.

Breaking away


Rafting on the Merced River facing Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.

Don’t be dismayed by good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.–Richard Bach

Hello Friends,

I’m starting a new writing project for 2014 and taking some time away from WordPress.

Take good care of yourselves, and so long for now.



The King of Cool’s Legacy Lives On

7th Annual FOSM poster _1

The Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show 2014

by Lizett Bond

“Like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel…”

“Like a clock whose hands are sweeping…”

Chino Hills, CA–Save the dates of June 6 & 7, 2014, for your own extraordinary affair as The 7th Annual Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show celebrates “The Thomas Crown Affair”. The soiree will commence Friday, June 6, at the beautiful 200-acre campus of The Boys Republic of Chino Hills, California.

Thomas Crown and Catherine Banning may not be in attendance, however, the original 1967 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow two-door sedan and 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4S NART Spyder used in the film will make their cinematic presence felt throughout the entire event. Friday night’s celebration will feature elegant dining on the grass, with a repast prepared and served in sophisticated style by students of the Boys Republic.

The gathering, emceed by automotive author and expert, Matt Stone, will include a silent auction, a memorabilia display and a high-spirited live auction. Once again, famed automotive artist, Nicholas Hunziker, has created an original work of art capturing the King of Cool as the suave Thomas Crown.

“We are also excited to have the involvement of Bruce Meyers, creator of the legendary Meyers Manx, the dune buggy that became an icon of pop culture,” said Ron Harris, co-chair of the event, with Chad McQueen.

The Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show has experienced steady growth and increasing popularity witnessed by the array of more than 300 classic cars and nearly 100 motorcycles at the 2013 show.  Approximately 5,000 attendees perused the grounds, enjoying up close and personal views of collectible cars and motorcycles.

Last year’s event donated approximately $210,000 to the Boys Republic, established in 1907 as a private, non-profit community for at-risk teens. Alumnus Steve McQueen attended from 1947-49 and credited the school with pointing him on the path to success. McQueen never forgot and was a frequent visitor, even after he became a Hollywood star and legend. The McQueen family continues that involvement.

The car and motorcycle show will take place Saturday, June 7th. Pre-registration will be open online at the website after January 1, 2014. Due to space limitations, pre-registered vehicles will have first priority in display placement.

All proceeds will benefit the Boys Republic, 1907 Boys Republic Drive, Chino Hills,

For further information on making plans for your affair with Thomas Crown, visit

Happy Thanksgiving!

xo, Judy

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough,  and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a  friend.–Melodie Beattie


Artist Spotlight: Maggie Spencer

Photo Credit: Larry Spencer

Photo credit: Larry Spencer

Hold any of Maggie Spencer’s creations up to the light, and one can immediately sense the joyful Zen that imbues the work of this Laguna Beach artist.

“With all my designs, I look to a smooth flow of color for peace and serenity. I then add strength and energy with the addition of bold shapes and textures. It is my way of representing a full and balanced life,” said Spencer.

A former engineering and computer science major at the University of California, Irvine, she has fired her kiln professionally since 1993–experimenting with how glass reacts to other objects, such as copper, steel and other basic elements.

Spencer’s medium of choice is dichroic glass which contains micro-layers of metals or oxides. The glass emits a different color than the color reflected, producing an array of hues depending on the lighting and the angle of viewing.

It’s no wonder that Spencer finds herself drawn to this multi-layered material, as she credits her inspiration to a plurality of social, political and historical events.

“Through cultural revolutions, including the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, the struggle for gender equality, and the fall of Communism, my generation developed a defiance of the norm with outlandish culture and pronounced urbanity,” explained Spencer.

Three years ago, Spencer received a request from social activist, Faye Chapman to donate a hunger bowl for silent auction.

World Hunger Bowl is an annual benefit dinner held in Laguna Beach during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Sponsored by the city’s Housing and Human Services Committee, this year’s fund-raiser is scheduled for November 6th. It’s an effort run solely by volunteers.

“Contributing my art is such an easy way to help support an organization that makes such a positive social impact,” said Spencer.

Since Chapman’s outreach, the long-time Sawdust Festival exhibitor has committed to donating a hunger bowl every year. For Spencer’s 2013 design, pictured above, she chose translucent iridized glass for the base colors and added dichroic glass as accents.

Spencer creates the kiln-formed serving pieces, wall panels and sculpture in the Laguna Canyon studio and residence that she has lived in for more than 20 years.

“Whether it is the cosmic 50s, psychedelic 60s, graffiti 70s, or the aging boomer’s desire for a simpler, feng-shui way of life, I strive to capture the exhilarating mood that defines my life, concluded Spencer.

See more of Maggie Spencer’s work at:

Learn about World Hunger Bowl HERE.

Thank you for the interview Maggie, and for sharing your beautiful art.

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