So, here’s the story…

I talk to the universe a lot, pretty much everyday. I often get insights about something I’m pondering, but on this particular day it went way beyond that!

On January 2, 2019, exactly one month after my mother passed away (and roughly six months after we lost our dog), I was walking through the house thinking about space and about how there was going to be more of it in my life because of these losses. For several days I had been sensing that something new was brewing, but I didn’t know what it could be.

As I continued on I had the thought to ask the universe how I was supposed to serve with whatever was going to come into the space. That seemed to be the million dollar question, because within a short amount of time I got a very specific answer. In a flash I was “told” that I was going to write a children’s book series about the energy of love, the name of the series, that it would be in rhyme scheme, the first two lines of the first book, and who the illustrator was meant to be. Yowza!

The name of the series:

Did You Know?

The first two lines of the first book:

Did you know that when you say hi to the sky,
You are really saying hi to yourself?
You are made of the sun and the stars
And so much wonderful else!

The illustrator:

Her name is Stephanie Rosas, and she happens to be my son’s girlfriend. (In the flash I saw the painting of my dog that Stephanie had given me for my birthday a few months before. As you can see, just as the universe had intended, she was perfect for my books!)

And here we are nearly two years later with two books published and the third one already written and illustrated! There’s more to the story, though, so you’ll have to come back soon for a longer chat…

Full circle…

Janae and I have had quite a few conversations about Saturn since she wrote about it for this month’s astrology post. Though in considering that it symbolizes energy relating to boundaries, growth, responsibility, maturity and the like, I hadn’t put it together at first that I’ve also been experiencing the energy of my second Saturn return, which gives it all a bit more oomph!

It takes Saturn close to thirty years to orbit around the sun, and a Saturn return is when the planet literally finds itself back where it was in the heavens when one was born. This is a full circle event, its waxing and waning spanning several years, gifting the recipient added time to absorb its offerings. And since Saturn sits in the seventh house in my natal chart, its aspects listed above are to be acted upon in the arena of relationships.

Typically, a first return hits at about 27 to 30 years old, a time when I was definitely out to define myself. During these years I started my teaching career, got married, my husband and I bought our first home and had our first child – big rites of passage in one fell swoop. I was establishing my identity as an adult woman, a teacher, a wife, a mother, even a homeowner, having much to prove to myself and others.

A second return comes along at about 56 to 59 years old presenting an opportunity for reflection and for resolving unfinished business. For me this has especially involved a deeper study and awareness of the expression of yin/yang energy and how it has affected my life. I’ve really gotten to know myself at this age as well as what led me on the merry chase of my younger years. I’ve gained wisdom, softened hard edges, and have developed more understanding and compassion for myself and others. I’m still working on it, redefining my identity as I go.

There is a third return another thirtyish years hence. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Expanding reality…

I was looking through older photos on my phone, deciding what stayed and what got tossed, and found a screenshot of a friend’s message about reading my first book with her young daughter. It was such a nice surprise to come upon it and a beautiful reminder of how I had hoped my books would be shared by families. It’s definitely a keeper!

From my friend:

It came yesterday. We read it for bedtime. My daughter loved it. There were a couple spots where I could see she was processing new thoughts (saying hello to the sky is saying hello to ourselves and we are mirrors). She loved the illustration with the swirl of colors going from one heart to the other around the girl. She explained to me how the energy moves through that swirl and how the earth is covered in hearts that receive energy from the rainbow swirls. She had a tough day yesterday so it was great to end with that book. Thank you!

From the start I knew that my books were meant for families to read together with exactly the type of interaction described above. Children are so natural at intuiting information and can actually help open their parents’ eyes to see even more than what’s on the page. And parents can ask questions and wonder aloud allowing each imagination to flow freely, expanding reality.



In reference to the care and affection given to a child (as in “to mother“), here are some synonyms I found on wordhippo:

nurture – raise – tend – cherish – protect – rear – care for – look after –
nurse – administer to – mind – minister to – take care of – foster – bring up –
nourish – support – provide for – cultivate – parent – watch over – keep an eye on –
attend to – watch – guard – tend to – sustain – help – oversee – supervise –
attend – minister – develop – safeguard – train – see to – school –
babysit – keep safe – educate – arrange – feed – adopt – do for – take in –
keep – maintain – discipline – instruct – provide – bolster – sit with – facilitate –
accommodate – treat – doctor – heal – defend – fend for – care – pay attention to –
look out for

To all of those who are mothers,
and to all of those who mother,

(The care and affection given to fur babies and other pets also applies.)

The cop and the crypt…

This month Janae delves more deeply into the workings of Transcendental Astrology by introducing a new set of characters into the mix.

Here’s her explanation:

Sorry for that bit of fun, but it’s a title I think we’ll not forget. The cop in our chart is Saturn and the crypt in my title is Jupiter. Let me explain…

We’ve covered Mars, Venus and Mercury, which are the Transcendental planets that work with us Above, and Sun, Moon and Earth, which are the Identity planets that govern our individual lives Below. Now we address Saturn and Jupiter, the two planets that align the process.

Saturn has a bad cop reputation. In most of astrology he’s considered the block to our happiness, barrier to our success. He’s the deflater of dreams, our ring-pass-not, and even the energy of St. Peter, who blocks our progress through the Gates to Heaven. His name might even be synonymous with Satan, who at the very least is sometimes considered his cohort.

As we mature into broader thought, we discover Saturn to be the good cop; he’s our protector. He blocks the way into depths of energy we can’t yet understand. He protects us from misinterpreting what we may discover before our time of need. He’s the one who sends us back if we stray into a near death experience; and he’s the one who ushers us through when it’s the real thing. We really have to start thinking of him as our friend because when we’re ready he open the Gates to Beyond, whatever we envision that to be.

Jupiter, on the other hand, is our lucky charm. He shows us where harmony has been earned in our life. He’s a repository of our successes, the vault in which we store our accomplishments. He’s the crypt. Get it? Ever wonder why we catch on to, or shy away from, complicated emotions before they evolve into disasters? It’s as if we already know where the lesson is going to lead us. That’s Jupiter reminding us we don’t have to repeat what we already know. Jupiter, in this sense, represents our well-finished business.

As they become energies of Soul, Saturn and Jupiter work as a team to protect us from wandering into situations that may become karmic, as well as helping us heal from situations that already have. It’s our job to listen to their voices, to recognize and accept what we already know.

Until next month…

Dance a jig…

I have tons of screen shots on my phone of interesting, clever, thoughtful, funny, and inspiring posts that come through my social media. A lot of them I send to family and friends to add a smile or laugh to their day; others I keep as future blog ideas.

Last week’s post about Kurt Vonnegut was one of the shots that had been filed away for my blog. It tells of his reply to high school English students who had contacted various authors asking for advice. I usually do my own writing, but his message was so lovely that I couldn’t resist sharing it.

As I took in Mr. Vonnegut’s words, I thought back to my own high school days and realized that the depth of his wisdom would have flown right over my head then, because I was extremely serious as a teen. My senior quote was “Arise, go forth, and conquer!,” but he was advocating for something more like “Sing in the rain, draw silly pictures, and dance a jig!”

It’s taken me decades to realize the importance of his counsel. I hope that the students from that 2006 class have come to realize the gift of his response more quickly than I did. If not, I hope that they have tucked it away to be pulled out again and again, because looking within and growing your soul is the business of life.

Anyway, the post got a lot of attention. People left comments on my blog site, and I even gained several new followers because of it. Read it if you haven’t already, and you’ll see what I mean. https://finding-the-write-words.com/2022/04/17/to-make-your-soul-grow/

Happy soul growing!

To make your soul grow…

In 2006 a high school English teacher, Ms. Lockwood, had her students write to famous authors for advice. Only Kurt Vonnegut responded. (A fellow Hoosier, I might add.) Here is part of what he had to say:

Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.

Seriously! I mean starting right now, do art and do it for the rest of your lives. Draw a funny or nice picture of Ms. Lockwood and give it to her. Dance home after school, and sing in the shower and on and on. Make a face in your mashed potatoes. Pretend you’re Count Dracula.

Here’s an assignment for tonight, and I hope Ms. Lockwood will flunk you if you don’t do it: Write a six line poem, about anything, but rhymed. Make it as good as you possibly can. But don’t tell anybody what you’re doing. Don’t show it or recite it to anybody, not even your girlfriend or parents or whatever, or Ms. Lockwood. OK?

Tear it up into teeny-weeny pieces, and discard them into widely separated trash receptacles. You will find that you have already been gloriously rewarded for your poem. You have experienced becoming, learned a lot more about what’s inside you, and you have made your soul grow.

I hope the students took his words to heart and that their lives became enriched because of it.

That stuff…

I believe that what the Universe wants is to create an interactive partnership that helps expand the energy of love, for as we grow in the consciousness of love, we nourish and grow the Universe!

What we can do on our end:

Practice simple acts of kindness.
Speak thoughtful words, perform helpful deeds.
Never forget that one smile, one happy hello, has the power to effect great change.

Be patient with yourself and others.
Grow love.
Sprinkle that stuff everywhere.

Sun, moon, and earth…

This month we continue to share our new approach to understanding Universal energies as they relate to the story told in an astrological chart. Janae is calling this method “Transcendental Astrology,” as it offers a deeper insight into how our Identity is shaped by certain cosmic forces.

More from Janae:

In the same way we examine Mars, Venus, and Mercury as the Good, Beauty, and True link with our self-designed plan for this lifetime, we can examine the Sun, Moon, and Earth as how we configure their energies to work out Below.

We all know the name of our Sun sign. It’s called that because it is our Sun’s zodiac placement in our natal chart. The glyph, or symbol, of the Sun is a circle. It represents the energy of our full Identity, which is how we perceive ourself. Our Identity adjusts as we grow through the resistances that refine and broaden our personality. Who we are is constantly changing, and who we think we are is being challenged to catch up.

The glyph of the Moon is a partial circle, or crescent. The crescent Moon is thought of as our split identity. There is the part of the circle that is our Sun identity and radiates for all to see, and the part that is the Moon identity, hidden under the surface. When we come out in the night to honor the Full Moon, we’re acknowledging, or asking, to be made aware of our own deeper levels of consciousness. Moon energy reveals our unconscious motivation which we are either willing to know or not. If your choice is ‘not,’ start wondering why you’re reading this.

The Sun and the Moon become our identity growth partners by slowly bringing our hidden energies to the surface of our life. At some point we become aware of why we acted against our Good and put dents in our Beauty. We recognize what’s True at a broader perspective. As we move closer to our soul’s energy, the Full Moon’s mysterious work of active revelation drops off, and the opposing zodiac relationship of Sun and Earth steps in to reveal our deeper partnership with our Sun’s opposite energy.

Finally, we’re ready for the challenge that will reveal the Wholeness of our Identity.

See you next month!

Don’t panic…

When I’m trying to figure out something about life, the Universe and everything, I often get flashes of information, hints at a bigger picture, which I write down on a sticky note for future reference.

For a while I’ve been wondering about the real purpose of our personalities, in the Universal scheme of things. First, why are our personalities seemingly “designed” to be so disconnected from our Divinity? And, second, why do we tend to believe that we are not worthy of that Divinity?

When I start to ponder like this, when I want to know more, it’s as if I send invisible thought bubbles right up through the ethers. This desire seems to spark a magnetic call and response between me and Above.

This is what I had been musing about:
Is Personality just an innocent bystander in creation?

This is what eventually flashed in:
Purposeful mechanism for growth.

Aha! My working hypothesis now is that Personality is key to our spiritual quest. As we choose to learn and grow, through the thick and thin of everyday living, WE initiate the process and discover our worth by degrees. Personality, I wager, is the mechanism of evolution. Its inner alchemy is what calls out to Soul and allows the Divine to unveil itself within us.

To my fellow hitchhikers…
Don’t panic when the ride gets bumpy. And remember to bring a clean towel!

Looking back…

I have a 40th high school reunion coming up in a few weeks, rescheduled from last October, so it’s been on my mind for a while now. I’ve submitted the requested photos for the slideshow and have tried to keep up with posts in the Facebook group. I even got to meet with my friend Sandi earlier this month, who will also be at the reunion, and we enjoyed taking a few practice steps down memory lane.

Since I haven’t kept in touch with very many people from that time, I really do need to find my yearbooks to get my brain cells firing. As I have always been a future-focused person, the past has a way of fading more quickly for me than I would like. I’m sure that I had more fun than I can now remember, and I can’t wait to be reminded of that fact.

An unexpected bonus, however, resulted after I commented on a post in the FB group, where Lori mentioned her early life, the street where her parents still live, etc. I responded because we had grown up only a couple of blocks away from each other and had gone to the same elementary school, where my dad “Mr. T” happened to be her sixth grade teacher. (Yes, my dad was a teacher at my school. One of the best perks was that I was never without ice cream money!)

This bonus is extra special to me because in our back and forth Lori shared a memory about my dad. This is what she said:

Hi Lisa, Your father was one of my very favorite teachers and humans. I still laugh at the memory of him having me perform a funeral service as I buried my gum with the entire class in attendance. I didn’t chew gum in class after that!

I was so touched by this little anecdote that I asked others in the group who might also have stories about my dad to please find me at the reunion and share them. He impacted so many families through the years, even teaching the children of former students!

My father passed away in 2004, so I feel very lucky that I will soon have the opportunity to gather up some memories of him along with those from my high school days.

Looking forward to looking back…

I “borrowed” this from the reunion FB group!