by Carrie Chesney
Its a new year. What comes
with the New Year? New challenges? New opportunities? It seems that the
heralding of a new year always brings with it expectations, hence the creation
of new years resolutions. While they are not a formal obligation that we all
must fulfill, for some reason people always seem to feel the need to make some
rules for themselves
things that we feel we must fulfill within a specific
time frame. A close friend once told me, Time is always chasing us; however,
we kill time by ignoring it. Linda Goodman ignored time, as she refused to be
ruled by it. With unreasonable expectations comes disappointment, and with time
constraints comes the fact that we, as humans, usually cash in our chips too
early. A good basis is what is needed, but in modern times where everything
travels at the speed of light, it is a rare event that the foundation is laid
for a stable relationship, a stable home, a stable life. Everyone fears losing
precious moments of their life, when in truth, they lose far more than that
when they dont take the time to build it up, brick by brick.
Now, as far as astrology goes,
we know that Saturn is the great ruler of time, the master of limitations who
reminds us daily that our time here is finite. New Years celebrations are
always homage to him out with the old and in with the new. Celebrate while
there is still time! Hold your loved ones while there is still time! Live your
life while there is still time! It all becomes the cry of Saturn. Have you ever
noticed, though, that instead of being a blessing, that cry becomes a burden, a
fear that strikes at the heart? What if I dont have enough time to fall in
love? What if I dont have enough time to have a family? What if I dont have
enough time to travel the world or get to the highest position in my company?
So on and so forth it goes
Life then becomes a race. It is no longer about
savoring the moments we have with one another. It is about how you can get to
your desired goal the fastest. Whats the old saying? Rome was not built in a
day? Well, this is true, but for some reason, within our westernized culture,
we are obsessed with the idea of the time-effective. If we get it done faster,
though perhaps more shoddily, we will be able to have more time to ourselves.
What do we do once we have this time though? We throw it away by starting in on
some new quest or some new desire. It is all a covetous circle. Time, like
money, is one of the most earth-binding pleasures we have. Perhaps thats why
we have the saying Time is money.
We all worry about how old were
getting and how much we havent accomplished, dont we? Its rare that we stop
and look around and look at all that we have accomplished. Its rare that we
stop ourselves and look to the ones we love and give them our time. Time, like
money, can also be a gift. It should be given away
Often, when we stop and
listen to another person, and give them our time, it we develop a bond that
never breaks. When we listen to anothers story and pains and joys, the time we
give becomes a salve for the soul. We see ourselves in another person, and that
is a perfectly wonderful gift, for both people. So what if you dont get to do
this or that or the other thing? Did you still not do something worthwhile with
your time? Did you not grow and learn and enjoy the journey, rather than just
the result? We should all ask ourselves this as we walk through life, because
we all have the same end result
We all die.
Saturn teaches many lessons.
Until this past semester, I dont think I fully understood what people meant
when they said that the greatest joy comes through the greatest sorrow. This is
often what Saturn comes to teach. While he is the great teacher, he is often
feared by the people who dont understand that just because something is hard,
it doesnt mean that its bad. Have you ever noticed that when people face
their greatest adversity, they often come out stronger than they were before?
It might also make them more cynical, and perhaps, in many ways, wiser than
they were before. It is only those who dont have a good base to begin with who
often spiral downwards. Thats not to say that adversity is easy to overcome.
Its not. Often, we are faced with things in life that we never thought wed
face, anything from violence to homelessness to addiction, or worse. We turn to
places and people we never thought wed have to go to. We find emotions that we
didnt know existed and courage that we didnt know we had.
Always remember that everything
is transitory. This too shall pass, is a very true saying. Ive heard people
say that a certain situation will kill them, and I look at them and I ask: Why?
Will you stop breathing tomorrow if things dont go your way? They of
course say no, but so many people feel that THIS is their last chance. They
will never have another one. Truth be told, love, money, jobs, and
relationships of all sorts come and go. As long as there are people out there,
there is always someone for you to reach out to and someone to reach back.
So, when someone shares their
story with you, in that little piece of time you might give them, dont listen
with your ears. Listen with your heart. You might find that someone elses
truth is part of your own, and that someone elses courage is so admirable that
you will carry it with you for the rest of your days. Never let yourself be
limited as to whom you can listen to either. Everyone has a story to tell. Just
because a person looks or thinks a certain way doesnt mean they are a certain
way. The trick is opening yourself up to the people and possibilities that are
* White light and love for
- The earthquake victims of Bam, Iran, where tens of thousands died in December.
- Dong-Yue (Cecilia) Zhang, a 9-year-old who was kidnapped from her Toronto home in October and is still missing.
- Terri Schindler Schiavo, the disabled Florida woman whose life hangs in the balance as her husband fights for her right to die.
- Moonflowers friends mother-in-law, Mary, who is recovering from a stroke in a nursing home.
- Toks and his brother, the terminally ill boys fascinated with fairies whom Gladeyes asked forum members to send fairy e-mail to some months ago. With no recent contact from the nurse who was relaying the e-mails, we dont know the boys status now.
- Moonflower, who is having tests related to a breast lump that fortunately has been determined benign.
- Woodchiros mother, who is having health concerns, and Veneos mother and former mother-in-law and a cousin, who are all suffering from cancer.
- Terri and her family, who are recovering from the flu and pneumonia.
- Amykins cousin, James Dean, who was in a car accident and declared brain dead. His father is having to decide whether to take him off life support.
- Bluedove and the new baby she is expecting.
- Gregorys financial needs and the Community Co-ops success.
- Searchings friends niece, who was pregnant with her second child when she was involved in a bad car accident. She is in a coma and the baby was delivered alive in emergency surgery.
- Rainbows friend Sharon, who lost her brother in a car accident, and the surviving family.
- WriteOns grandfather-in-law, who has knee-replacement surgery scheduled and has other conditions that could make surgery more dangerous.
- Woodchiros daughter (Veneos stepdaughter), Krista, who is dealing with the aftermath of an incident of victimization by an adult.
- Veneo and her son, Tom, for healing of physical fatigue and illness and troubles with Toms fathers side of the family.
- Moonflowers e-mail friend, Ann, and her three grandchildren, who have been through upheaval in their homelives. The children are now out of foster care and with their grandmother.
I wish you all a wonderful new year, and I ask that
if you have any questions, concerns, comments, or white light requests either
e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or PM me (enchantress299).